Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: South Dakota
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

South Dakota Project

Evaluation of cover crops for grassland nesting waterfowl in Eastern South Dakota

July 2017 - June 2020


Participating Agencies

  • Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
  • South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks via Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration

With continuing grassland losses throughout the Prairie Pothole Region, alternative methods of providing nesting cover for avifauna is warranted. Fall-seeded cover crops may provide such an alternate habitat type. This study will evaluate the efficacy of such practices as a means to benefit nesting waterfowl in Eastern South Dakota.