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Niobrara National Scenic River is a 76-mile long park located in rural north-central Nebraska. It was established to preserve the river in its free-flowing condition and to safely provide for a variety of recreational and educational opportunities, as well aspublic access that does not adversely impact the river's resources.

The park is unique in that it is an ecological crossroads in which six distinct ecosystems and their associated flora and fauna mix. These include the northern boreal forest, eastern deciduous forest, ponderosa pine forest, tallgrass prairie, mixed-grass prairie, and shortgrass prairie. As a result of this intersection, the park's natural resources are quite diverse, hosting species such as the federally endangered interior least tern and threatened piping plover, along with other locally rare species such as the river otter.

Altered Niobrara River hydrography due to dams both within and outside the park boundaries have contributed to instream flow issues and concerns over recreation, fish abundance and movements, and wildlife habitat. More information about the Niobrara's natural resources may be found on the park's Nature and Science webpage.

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Resource Brief – Accoustic bat monitoring at Niobrara National Scenic River: 2015-2017

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Midwest regional biologists and NGPN have conducted acoustic bat monitoring at Niobrara National Scenic River in 2015 to 2017. The goal of this monitoring is to detect long-term trends in bat populations at the park. Learn more...

Resource Brief– Landbird monitoring results for Niobrara National Scenic River: 2016

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This is the third year of landbird surveys conducted at Niobrara National Scenic River. Bird monitoring is conducted in collaboration with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. The goal of this monitoring is to assess bird populations and community changes over time.
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2017 Real-Time Data - USGS Water Quality Monitoring Station

The Northern Great Plains Network partnered with the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center to install and operate a continuous monitoring station on the Niobrara River near Sparks, NE. The station provided continuous data on gage height, temperature, specific conductance, pH, and dissolved oxygen during the 2017 ice-free season.
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Report – Natural Resource Condition Assessment: Niobrara National Scenic River, 2011.

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This condition assessment was undertaken to provide NPS managers, interpreters, and planners with a concise synthesis, and "scorecard", of the most current information on the natural resources in and around the scenic river.
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