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Submitted Photo by Ducks Unlimited Wetlands and surrounding grasslands such as this site on the Missouri Coteau in North Dakota provide essential nesting and brood-rearing habitat for waterfowl and other ground-nesting birds.

Conservation groups, wildlife officials converge to explore options for stemming the loss of wetland, grassland habitat

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BISMARCK -- Paul Schmidt had a prairie encounter he won't soon forget last November during a four-day waterfowl hunt near Brookings, S.D.


The first morning, Schmidt and his hunting partner drove by a small wetland on the way to their hunting area.

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