Wildlife Diversity Program
- The Wildlife Diversity Program inventories, protects, and manages the diversity of species and habitats in South Dakota. It works to address wildlife diversity issues, and sustain all native plants, animals, and habitats. By taking a proactive approach to sustaining native species, listing of species as threatened or endangered can often be prevented.
- The South Dakota Natural Heritage Program is maintained by the Wildlife Diversity program. Natural heritage programs collect and manage detailed local information on plants, animals, and ecosystems and develop information, data management tools, and conservation services to help meet local, national, and global conservation needs.
- The South Dakota Natural Heritage Program is a member of NatureServe, an international network of biological inventories known as natural heritage programs or conservation data centers that operate in all fifty U.S. states, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Rare Species Grants
Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program
The Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program provides funding for researchers, educators and naturalists to carry out projects focused on native wildlife.
View summaries of projects funded with the asssistance of State Wildlife Grants, a federal matching program.
Wildlife Diversity Program Activities:
- New Funding for South Dakota's Fish and Wildlife (PDF file)
- Osprey Recovery in Southeastern South Dakota
- Peregrine Falcon Recovery in South Dakota
- Bald Eagle Awareness Days
- Bird Banding at Farm Island and Fisherman Point
- American Burying Beetle in South Dakota
- American Dipper In The Black Hills
- River Otters in South Dakota
- South Dakota Breeding Bird Atlas II (link to Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory)
Books, Reports and Articles:
- People and Places Final Report: This report measures wildlife values of Black Hills citizens in relation to their home/residence. It captures the attitudes by census blocks and maps attitudes and values geographically.
- Wildlife Values and Beliefs of South Dakota Residents - 2004
- Dakota Skipper Survey and Monitoring Summary
- Monitoring Northern Goshawk Nests in the Black Hills
- A Technical Report on the Status of Black Hills Bats
- Bat Sampling and Collection Protocol
- Bats and Rabies - A Public Health Guide
- Freshwater mussels of the Missouri National Recreational River Report
- Freshwater Mussels of the Missouri National Recreational River Poster
- Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment of Black Hills Streams, South Dakota
- " Dakota Flora" by Dave Ode (Out-of-print, available through loans from SD Libraries)