Waterfowl in the prairie pothole region

Edited by: M.J. MacP.A. OplerC. E. Puckett Haecker, and P.D. Doran



The prairie pothole region of the northern Great Plains is one of the most important areas for duck reproduction in North America. The region produces, on average, 50% of the primary species of game ducks on the continent (Smith 1995), yet accounts for only 10% of the waterfowl breeding habitat in North America (Smith et al. 1964). Twelve of the 34 species of North American ducks are common breeders in the region. For seven species—mallard, gadwall, blue-winged teal, northern shoveler, northern pintail, redhead, and canvasback—the prairie pothole region accounts for more than 60% of the breeding population (Smith 1995). The region is also a major migration corridor during fall and spring for other ducks, geese, and other water birds.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Waterfowl in the prairie pothole region
Year Published 1998
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description 3 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Status and trends of the nation's biological resources
First page 456
Last page 457