Scientific Name Common Name Global Rank State Rank Federal Status WI Status Animal Group

Prairie Vole (Microtus ochrogaster)








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Prairie Vole (Microtus ochrogaster), a state Special Concern species, is found in dry sand prairies, along fence lines, in open fields, sandy grassland terraces of large rivers, bluff prairies, abandoned farm fields, and seldom in barrens areas. Its preferred habitat seems to be native prairie sod, of which there is little left in Wisconsin. It avoids marshes and wet places. Semi-colonial, this species breeds throughout the year with a peak in July, August, and September.


Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) are associated with habitats (or natural communities) and places on the landscape. Understanding relationships among SGCN, natural communities and ecological landscapes help us make decisions about issues affecting SGCN and their habitat and how to respond. Download the Wildlife Action Plan association score spreadsheet to explore rare species, natural communities and ecological landscape associations

Conservation actions respond to issues or threats, which adversely affect species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) or their habitats. Besides actions such as restoring wetlands or planting resilient tree species in northern communities, research, surveys and monitoring are also among conservation actions described in the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan because lack of information can threaten our ability to successfully preserve and care for natural resources.