Sandplain Grasslands

Sandplain Grasslands

Sandplain Grasslands - 1Consist of open, dry and sandy areas (similar to mid-western prairies) that were derived from glacial deposits. These maritime-influenced communities are common to Cape Cod and the Islands. Prairie-type grasses such as Little Bluestem dominate Sandplain grasslands. Residential development and suppression of fire are the two greatest threats to these habitats.

Crane Wildlife Management Area: Consists of 319 acres located in East Falmouth. This area is one of few remaining Sandplain grasslands on Cape Cod.

Birds that are protected in this habitat:

  • Endangered Grasshopper
  • Sparrow
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Vesper Sparrow

Plants that are protected in this habitat:

  • Sandplain Grasslands - 2Little Bluestem
  • Bush Clover
  • Goat’s Rue
  • Wild Indigo
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Sandplain Flax

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