Midwest Grassland Network


Midwest Grassland Network

We are dedicated to monitoring grassland birds to inform conservation, management, and policy decisions. Our current effort to create a Midwest Grassland Network draws on monitoring, research, and land-use data to identify and describe areas that provide valuable bird habitat, as well as other ecosystem services.

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Midwest Grassland Network

Building a Network of Grassland Landscapes in the Midwest

Project Summary

The Migratory Bird Program of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is leading an effort to create a network of grassland landscapes in the Midwest to support implementation of state and regional conservation plans. The project will generate new spatial information, strategic guidance, and cross-sector collaborations that uphold the many ecological and societal values of grasslands. The Midwest Grassland Network will serve the eight states that comprise FWS Region 3 (OH, IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, WI), as well as the tallgrass and mixed-grass prairie regions of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Decades of conservation activity, carried out by public agencies and non-governmental organizations, provide a strong foundation for this work.



Create and sustain a network of Midwest grassland landscapes to support bird conservation objectives and the ecological, economic, and societal benefits of native, restored, and surrogate grasslands.


Objectives (2014-2016)

  1. Integrate spatial information about grasslands, grassland birds, and conservation focus areas into a Midwest grassland bird conservation map. This map will align and strengthen efforts of organizations and agencies working in different parts of the region and at different scales.
  2. Evaluate strategic options for promoting grassland landscapes in the Midwest, including management, conservation, communication, economic, and legislative alternatives. Recommendations will take into account each alternative’s feasibility, potential to benefit vulnerable bird populations, and alignment with interests of non-wildlife stakeholders.
  3. Highlight and promote innovative, cross-sector partnerships that work to conserve or restore grasslands within designated areas. Profiles of effective partnerships will be published online and linked to the Midwest grassland bird conservation map.
  4. Establish an effective network structure to coordinate regional grassland bird conservation. Clear roles and responsibilities will enable network participants to continue the work initiated in this project. 

Notes from the 2014 Workshop

Contact: Dan Lambert (dan@highbranchconservation.com; 802.436.4065)

Discussion Forum

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