Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia – Status: Endangered; Special Protection Importance: Ecological — Key indicator of intact grassland systems Pest control — Primary diet of insects (grasshoppers) and small mammals (mice, voles). Economic — A...

Bison Initiative

Issue description: The ecological interactions of plains bison as large-scale ecosystem engineers are important for the maintenance of grassland and shrub steppe ecosystems. For the past 10,000 years, bison were the dominant herbivore in North America, and their...

Sage Grouse/Grassland Birds

Issue description: Grassland birds are the most imperiled habitat-based group of birds in North America. Grassland songbirds have been in decline since their populations were first estimated in the 1960s. This trend is largely consistent across types of grassland...

Saving Nebraska's Sandhills

With over 75% of the Northern Great Plains managed by private landowners, ranchers are important stewards and partners in maintaining habitat and corridors for wildlife. Some ranchers are finding additional value in the unique wildlife of the region. This video...