Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Nature & Wildlife in Agate Fossil Beds

Plants

Trees and Shrubs   The prairie is not known for its abundance of trees, but with over 200 acres of wetlands, cottonwoods grow well at Agate. There are also several shrubs at Agate including buffalo berry, willows, and sumac. Trees and shrubs grow mostly in the wetland areas but sumac is ...

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Animals

Birds Birds are the most visible type of wildlife at Agate. At least 73 bird species have been identified in the park, including some year round residents such as the ring neck pheasant and the sharp-tailed grouse, and others such as the orchard oriole or wood duck are only present ...

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Geology

Rivers and Streams Among the natural communities of plants and animals existing in the high plains ecosystem, none is as lush or rich in animal life as the riparian community. Riparian zones are the lush belts of vegetation found along rivers and wetlands. The Niobrara flows through the four mile ...

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