West Fargo deemed “bird-friendly” – InForum

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WEST FARGO — West Fargo is the latest city to host a project under the Urban Forests and Grasslands Initiative.

In May, 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 woodlands and prairies nature park, near South 51st Street in West Fargo.

Urban Plains Park offers two playgrounds, recreational trains and shelter areas. In just a few weeks, wildflowers will be in full bloom for visitors to enjoy and our feathered friends to feed on.

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

Urban sprawl has fragmented native grassland habitats and presents threats to wildlife such as buildings, toxic pesticides, habitat loss, invasive species, and domestic predators. By reintegrating native plants 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.

To be considered a bird-friendly community, the city must be one where “birds thrive and people thrive.” The projects encourage community members to enjoy the parks for recreation while raising awareness and protecting the local native ecosystem.

The National Audubon Society protects the birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works across the Americas using field science, advocacy, education, and conservation.

State programs, nature centers, chapters and partners give Audubon an unprecedented scale that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A non-profit 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.

Learn more at www.dakota.audubon.org

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