Grassland National Park has 19 species at risk, including black tailed prairie dogs and burrowing owls.
These adorably chubby little prairie dogs like the grass short so they can stand up and scout for danger. These guys have cut all of the grass around their colony down for food as well as for predator detection. They have been eradicated in many areas due to habitat loss and many people considering them as pests.
The burrowing owls rely on old unused tunnels from the prairie dogs, use the burrows to raise their young, and therefor can be found in close proximity to prairie dog colonies. They are threatened due to habitat loss from a major decline in prairie dog colonies and pesticides causing a food (insects) shortage.
Photos are taken through binoculars and are not the best quality.
In the heart of the American Midwest lies a landscape where lush grasslands seem torn open by towering pinnacles and spires of rock. It's a place where summers of blistering heat follow winters of punishing cold and some of the country's most charismatic animals - the black-tailed prairie dog, the burrowing owl and the American bison - fight to survive.
New Badlands. Starts Sunday 6pm
Photo credit: Terra Mater/Dawson Dunning
black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus), is a rodent of the family Sciuridae found in the Great Plains of North America from about the United States-Canada border to the USA-Mexico border. Unlike some other prairie dogs, these animals do not truly hibernate. The black-tailed prairie dog can be seen above ground in midwinter. A black-tailed prairie dog town in Texas was reported to cover 25,000 sq mi and included 400,000,000 individuals. Prior to habitat destruction, this species may have been the most abundant prairie dog in central North America. This species was one of two described by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the journals and diaries of their expedition. #blacktailedprairiedog#prairiedog#squirrel#rodent#animals#savetheanimalssavetheworld#wildlife#conservation#endangered#greatplains#usa#mexico