Parks in this Network
Northern Great Plains Network
The NGPN I&M Program is one of 32 National Park Service I&M Networks across the country established to facilitate collaboration, information sharing, and economies of scale in natural resource monitoring. It is comprised of 13 national park units, each of which contain a rich and varied array of natural and cultural resources.
The parks support unique natural resources, including large areas of northern mixed-grass prairie communities, critical river and riparian habitats, large herds of bison, and two of the four longest caves in the world. These parks and their partners are dedicated to understanding and preserving the region's unique resources through science and education.
This web site delivers information about these resources, the Network's Inventory & Monitoring Program, and the scientific activities underway. Learn more about specific topics by exploring the links on the left or visit the park units pages to discover the particular resources found at each of these special places.
Real-Time Data - USGS Water Quality Monitoring Station
As part of the network's water quality monitoring program, NGPN partnered with the USGS Wyoming Water Science Center to install and operate a continuous monitoring station on the Niobrara River at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. The station provides real-time data on gauge height, temperature, specific conductance, pH, and dissolved oxygen.
Outreach – Exotic Plants Early Detection Flyers
In partnership with the the Midwest Invasive Plant Network, the Northern Great Plains Network has developed a series of Invasive Plant Early Detection Flyers: Common Exotics, Riparian/Mesic Exotics, and Upland Exotics. The intention of these flyers is to help educate field crews, volunteers, park staff, and visitors on current and potential invasive plant species and provide contact information for potential infestations. Download flyers...
Protocol – Four-Network Landbird
A joint effort between the Northern Great Plains, Chihuahuan Desert, Sonoran Desert, and Southern Plains Inventory and Monitoring Networks, along with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory has led to the creation of a four-network landbird monitoring protocol! A high (61mb) resolution and low (9.2mb) resolution version of the protocol are available for download.
Click here to see a larger image, current weather, and air quality information about this location. Webcam is maintained by the NPS Air Resources Division. Photos are updated approximately every 15 minutes.