Edward M. Brigham III Alkali Lake Sanctuary is one of North Dakota's more unique and significant wetland areas. In the midst of heavy agricultural drainage, Alkali Lake Sanctuary makes a strong statement of commitment to wetland preservation in an important state for avian production. The differing vegetation types of the Sanctuary, from the uplands to the wet meadows, provide crucial habitat for a wide array of waterbirds, shorebirds, and many other avian species. Species such as Upland Sandpipers and Sharp-tailed Grouse utilize the grassy prairies, while waterfowl species such as Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers use the ponds and lake. This Sanctuary, at the heart of the prairie pothole region, is an important area that hosts key components of North Dakota's bird diversity.