West Souris Mixed-grass Prairie Natural Area
West Souris Mixed-grass Prairie, Manitoba (Photo by NCC)
Located in the southwest corner of Manitoba, this area contains a band of grasslands mixed with pothole wetlands.
Habitat & species
This area is one of the last habitat strongholds in Manitoba for grassland birds such as:
- burrowing owl
- ferruginous hawk
- Baird’s sparrow
- Sprague’s pipit
- loggerhead shrike
The area supports other grassland species such as great plains toad and mule deer. Its wetlands provide important breeding and nesting habitat for northern pintail duck populations.
Temperate grasslands are the most converted and least protected habitat on Earth. Most grassland birds’ populations have declined significantly. This trend is attributed largely to loss of habitat.