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Zumwalt Prairie

Zumwalt is a bunchgrass prairie preserve in northeastern Oregon.

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Zumwalt is a bunchgrass prairie preserve in northeastern Oregon.

Location: A grassland preserve northeast of Enterprise, Wallowa county, in northeastern Oregon.

Description: Zumwalt Prairie is one of the largest areas of Pacific Northwest Bunchgrass remaining in the United States. The Preserve, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, is a 33,000 acre parcel of the greater prairie covering approximately 160,000 acres or over 200 square miles of land. This area consists of expanses of shallow and deep-soiled bunchgrass prairie dissected by steep canyon grasslands as well as pine woodlands, quaking aspen groves, and spring-fed riparian ecosystems.

Ornithological Highlights: This area is home to a diverse array of breeding raptor species including the grassland-dependent Ferruginous Hawk as well as Swainson's hawk and Prairie Falcon. The Zumwalt area supports important breeding populations of grassland songbirds such as Savannah Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Vesper Sparrow, Horned Lark, and Grasshopper Sparrow. Wintering species include Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, Snow Bunting, Northern Shrike, and Rough-legged Hawk. The Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse, extirpated from the prairie by the 1940s, was reintroduced by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1991. A small population occurs just northeast of the city of Enterprise.

For more information on Zumwalt Prairie, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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Location: A grassland preserve northeast of Enterprise, Wallowa county, in northeastern Oregon.

Description: Zumwalt Prairie is one of the largest areas of Pacific Northwest Bunchgrass remaining in the United States. The Preserve, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, is a 33,000 acre parcel of the greater prairie covering approximately 160,000 acres or over 200 square miles of land. This area consists of expanses of shallow and deep-soiled bunchgrass prairie dissected by steep canyon grasslands as well as pine woodlands, quaking aspen groves, and spring-fed riparian ecosystems.

Ornithological Highlights: This area is home to a diverse array of breeding raptor species including the grassland-dependent Ferruginous Hawk as well as Swainson's hawk and Prairie Falcon. The Zumwalt area supports important breeding populations of grassland songbirds such as Savannah Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Vesper Sparrow, Horned Lark, and Grasshopper Sparrow. Wintering species include Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, Snow Bunting, Northern Shrike, and Rough-legged Hawk. The Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse, extirpated from the prairie by the 1940s, was reintroduced by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1991. A small population occurs just northeast of the city of Enterprise.

For more information on Zumwalt Prairie, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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