Minnesota's State Wildlife Action Plan Highlights
Prairie monitoring: Prairies are amongst the most altered habitats in Minnesota and contain more SGCN than any other habitat identified in Minnesota's SWAP, Tomorrow's Habitat for the Wild and Rare. Yet, few monitoring programs in Minnesota focus on prairies and much of our baseline survey information on prairies is becoming outdated. Three SWAP monitoring projects are currently underway to measure the status and trends of important indicators of habitat condition and associated animal populations on prairie and surrogate grassland.
Minnesota Odonata Survey Project (MOSP): Dragonflies and damselflies (odonates) are valuable indicators of environmental and water quality, serve as an important part of the food chain and comprise an important part of our natural biological diversity. Minnesota is a significantly understudied region of North America for this group of species. This project focuses on compiling data from curated collections, creating the Minnesota Odonate Database and establishing a citizen monitoring program for Minnesota dragonflies and damselflies. A Dragonfly survey video was produced featuring aspects of this important research.
SGCN videos: Implementation of Minnesota's SWAP, Tomorrow's Habitat for the Wild and Rare, has resulted in a unique partnership aimed at improving our knowledge and enhancing peoples appreciation and enjoyment of SGCN. Federal dollars through the State Wildlife Grants Program (SWG), along with state match dollars from MN DNR's Nongame Wildlife Program, provide funding for monitoring and research projects that provide valuable information on the status and distribution of SGCN and their habitats. Then, highlights of some of these projects are available to the public in an informative and entertaining video format through a Nongame Wildlife Program and PBS Venture North partnership.
- Timber rattlesnake
- Goshawk monitoring and The Alpha Accipiter, by Gustave Axelson, MN Volunteer Magazine
- Karner blue monitoring and oak savanna restoration
- Longear Sunfish