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Open Vistas for Grassland Birds


The prairies of western Minnesota would have originally been devoid of trees. Today, many areas have significant levels of trees. Trees affect the very character and nature of prairies and grasslands. Tree leaves shade the sun-loving prairie grasses and wildflowers. The branches provide perches for hawks, owls, and crows. The bases of the trees provide den sites for foxes, raccoons, and skunks. All of these predators can have dramatic impacts on nest success of waterfowl, gamebirds, and songbirds near these trees. Our goal is to remove trees from western Minnesota prairies and restored grasslands to recapture the feel of presettlement Minnesota as well as benefit the wildlife species that depend on these habitats. In the Audubon Societies 2009 State of the Birds Report, grassland birds have declined more than any other group of bird in this country. We hope to increase populations of these species for their own benefit as well as the benefit of birdwatchers and hunters.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 02/18/2011 - 06/30/2014

Project Manager Greg Hoch

Grant Recipient Mn Prairie Chicken Society

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $124,999

Expended $124,999

Statutory Reference M.L. 2016, Chp. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(K)

Management Unit(s) Federal

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Becker


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 95 Acres

Measurement 85 Acres

Target Summary FY11 Grantees have until June 30, 2014 to complete their projects. Overall, CPL grantees are on track to meet their target # of acres and in some cases exceed those acres.