Northern short grasslands

WWF Abstract

The Northwestern Mixed Grasslands spread through four western U.S. states (Montana, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming) and two Canadian provinces (Alberta and Saskatchewan). In thousands of colonies (or "towns") across this ecoregion, black-tailed prairie dogs leave their burrows to forage on grasses and other plants. Sentinels chirp warnings when bobcats, coyotes, and hawks appear, and the prairie dogs disappear quickly into their burrows and wait for an "all clear" before reappearing. Black-tailed and white-tailed deer wander through the valleys and river terraces, grazing upon the abundant shrubs and resting under the cover of aspen and willow trees.
Read more: View WWF Report
Ecozone:Nearctic
Biome:Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Countries:Canada, United States
Area:157,759,997 acres (63,843,206 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge
Badlands National Park
Fort Union Trading Post National Hist. Site National Historic Site
Grasslands National Park
Knife River Indian Villages National Hist. Site National Historic Site
Wind Cave National Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER