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North Dakota – From Prairie Potholes to the Badlands

From its biologically rich prairie potholes to the geologically stunning badlands, North Dakota offers a wealth of treasures for ecologically minded folks!

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Credit: NPS/Gary Anderson

Flying into Bismarck, the journey will begin in south-eastern North Dakota where we will explore the geological remnants of the Wisconsin Glaciation; the prairie potholes. This ecologically important area supports nearly 50% of North America’s waterfowl and is considered one of the most significant wetland areas on the continent.

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An American White Pelican breeding Colony in Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS


From there, the journey will continue into the striking badland area. This area, well-known for its fossil-rich geologic landforms, highlight the unique buttes, domes, pyramids, and cones that comprise the badlands. Field trips to North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park will showcase the unique birds and megafauna of the region.

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Bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Credit: NPS/Janice Shanks

When

May 26 – June 1 (7 days, 6 nights)

Highlights

The Badlands

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Painted Canyons
  • Petrified Forests
  • Horseback riding
  • Large mammals such as bison, elk, and bighorn sheep.

The Prairie Potholes

  • Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge – one of the most important wetland habitats in a string of refuges extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico
  • Sully’s Hill National Game Preserve – known for the number of breeding waterfowl, shorebird and woodland bird species it attracts.
  • Prairie Dogs Towns
  • Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge – home to the largest breeding colony of White Pelicans in N. America

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A North Dakota Prairie Dog town. Credit: NPS/Jeff Zylland

Cost

TBD plus airfare (double occupancy)

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Tim Vargo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (414) 964-8505

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