West Fargo Welcomed As A Bird-Friendly Community

Editor Special to Devils Lake Journal

NORTH DAKOTA – With over 30 sites in North Dakota, West Fargo becomes the newest city to welcome a project as a part of the Urban Woods and Prairies Initiative.

West Fargo Welcomed As A Bird-Friendly Community

In May of 2022, in partnership with the Fargo Park District and the United Prairie Foundation, a variety of wildflowers and prairie grasses were planted to establish Urban Plains Park as an official Urban Woods and Prairie Nature Park. Located off of 51St South in West Fargo, Urban Plains Park provides two playgrounds, recreational trains, and shelter areas. In just a few weeks the wildflowers will be in full bloom for visitors to enjoy and our feathered friends to forage.  

In 2014, Audubon Dakota and partners began developing the Urban Woods and Prairies Initiative to integrate native wildlife habitat back into urban landscapes. With the help of city and park partners, the Urban Woods and Prairies Initiative has enrolled over 1,000 acres in Fargo, Moorhead, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Valley City, and Minot.   

Urban sprawl has fragmented native prairie habitats and presents threats to wildlife such as buildings, toxic pesticides, habitat loss, invasive species, and domestic predators. By returning native plants back into the landscape, Urban Plains Park in West Fargo aims to provide food, shelter, safe passage, and a place for birds to raise their young. 

What is a bird-friendly community? It’s one where birds thrive and people prosper. Projects like this one at Urban Plains Park encourage community members to enjoy parks for recreational uses while creating awareness and protection of the local native ecosystem. 

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.