Where We Work


The PPJV covers one-third of North America’s Prairie Pothole Region (PPR), including portions of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. Just 20% of the grassland in the PPR is protected, which equates to only 6% of the historic extent of grassland area.

Welcome to the Duck Factory

The value of the U.S. PPR to breeding waterfowl is unsurpassed, with over 5 million duck pairs (10 million ducks!), representing over 18 species, supported by its wetland and grassland habitat. Waterfowl produced in this region have been harvested in 49 states as well as Central and South America.

Conservation through Partnerships

The Prairie Pothole Joint Venture stands out as one of the most robust, science-based Joint Ventures in the country. It is only through strong collaboration with partners and landowners that these accomplishments are possible.

Photo: Mitch Kezar for the SD Grassland Coalition and USDA-NRCS

Grassland Bird Habitat Conservation

The PPJV hosts 45-90% of the continental breeding populations for several grassland bird species that are experiencing some of the steepest population declines. The loss of over 70 million acres of grasslands in the PPJV has made grassland birds one of the most imperiled guilds in North America.

Our Amazing Grasslands

The breeding behavior of the sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie chicken, and sage grouse involves congregating in specific areas, known as leks, during the breeding season. The process begins as early as February, with peak activity in mid-April. Male grouse engage in elaborate displays, including dancing and vocalizations, to attract females. The lek remains active for an extended period, with the birds being most active during the early morning and late evening. This behavior plays a vital role in their breeding activities and is a notable spectacle during the spring mating season.

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Keep up with the latest news on bird and habitat conservation efforts across the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture!