- The PPJV boundaries include one-third (100,000 square miles or 64 million acres) of North America’s Prairie Pothole Region (PPR).
- The millions of wetlands and associated grasslands in the U.S. PPR make it one of the most unique habitats in the world.
- The habitat in the PPJV is critical for nesting habitat, but also plays a very important role as migration habitat, particularly for shorebirds.
- The PPJV has a long history of the development of sophisticated models and spatial planning tools to target conservation actions on a landscape scale.
- Outcome based scientific tools are recently developed that estimate the number of birds produced given a defined habitat conservation effort
- Area is rich in avifauna = 18 species of waterfowl; 96 species of songbirds; 36 species of waterbirds; 17 species of raptors; and 5 species of upland game birds.
- Duck breeding population in the U.S. PPR = 4.25 million pairs
- Seven prairie waterfowl species = 76% of U.S. Duck Harvest
- Wetlands within the PPJV boundary provide habitat for 40 species of breeding waterbirds, such as American White Pelicans, rails, and herons.
- Largest colonies in the world of Franklin Gulls are found here.
- The U.S. PPR harbors 30% of the U.S. and Canadian population of Black Tern.
- The U.S. PPR harbors 27% of the U.S. and Canadian population of Marbled Godwit.
- Populations of grassland bird species are declining steeper then any other habitat-based guilds of North American birds.
- Of their total population, 70% of nesting Baird’s Sparrow settle with the PPJV boundaries.
- Seventy-five percent of the total population of Chestnut-colored Longspur is found in the U. S.; 50% of that population is found within the PPJV boundaries during summer months.
- Forty percent of the total population of Sprague’s Pipit is found in the U. S.; 60% of that population is found within the PPJV boundaries during summer months.
- Small wetlands attract higher densities of breeding duck pairs then large wetlands
- Ten 1-acre wetlands = 20 pairs, whereas One 10-acre wetland = 7 pairs
- Grassland in the U. S. portion of the PPR = 22 million acres (2006)
- CRP acres in U.S. PPR = 8 million (2006)
- CRP grasslands = 2.2 million ducks annually
- In 2007, 800,000 acres of CRP lost in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota
- Since 2002, over 500,000 acres of native prairie lost in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
- Grassland loss (2006) in U. S. portion of PPR = Montana (56%), North Dakota (72%), South Dakota (65%), Minnesota (86%) and Iowa (93%).