Honor the Prairie on National Prairie Day, Saturday, June 4

Amanda Booher, National Audubon Society
Special to Devils Lake Daily Journal

Fargo, North Dakota (June 1, 2022) –Audubon Dakota is celebrating National Prairie Day on Saturday, June 4, 2022. North Dakota’s prairies provide critical habitat for North America’s most imperiled species of birds, grassland birds, including North Dakota’s state bird, the Western Meadowlark. National Prairie Day, established by the Missouri Prairie Foundation in 2016 as the first Saturday in June, is a time to honor the role of the prairie in the lives of birds and people.

Western Meadowlark.

"Honoring National Prairie Day brings awareness to the importance of these ecosystems as not only bird and wildlife habitat, but as irreplaceable resources to indigenous peoples, ranchers, and the broader North Dakota community”, Sarah Hewitt, Director of Conservation.

North Dakota prairies contribute to environmental health by providing ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, water infiltration, and soil stability. Restoring and enhancing prairies in North Dakota is essential to Audubon Dakota’s mission of protecting birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Successfully achieving this mission means collaborating with partners across the state such as private and public landowners to restore and enhance the prairie through working lands and bird friendly communities' initiatives.

Volunteer with us! In honor of National Prairie Day, Audubon Dakota is hosting a volunteer event on Saturday, June 4 at Orchard Glen Nature Park in Fargo, North Dakota, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Help Audubon Dakota and the Fargo Park District clean-up and plant native wildflowers and grasses at the Orchard Glen Pollinator Garden. To sign-up to volunteer please email Meghan Carter-Johnson, Senior Coordinator of Engagement at meghan.carter@audubon.org.

About Audubon

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon Dakota is the North and South Dakota state office of the National Audubon Society. Where birds thrive, people prosper - Audubon Dakota aims to connect with communities throughout North and South Dakota to demonstrate the importance of protecting and restoring native habitats for our bird species. Learn more at www.dakota.audubon.org and @audubondakota.