Palmer Dry grasslands represent only 8% of the plant cover in Glacier National Park. The relic fescue-wheatgrass prairies in the North Fork drainage resemble those in eastern Washington and western Idaho, but here the dominant grass is rough fescue. The fingers of prairie on the east side of Glacier Park, dominated by Idaho fescue and rough fescue, are a little more like the grasslands of the Great Plains, and similar to those occurring in the North Fork. Needlegrass, Junegrass, timber oatgrass and bluebunch wheatgrass are common in both places. There is a somewhat higher species diversity in the park's east-side grasslands compared to the Great Plains.
Did You Know?
Grizzly bears in the park have a wide variety of food sources, including glacier lily bulbs, insects, and berries. They may also make an early season meal of mountain goats that were swept down in avalanches over the winter.