Lots of really interesting facts about prairie dogs out there! These kids learned some cool stuff with a cutie peeping out of the Tupperware-burrow 😍 Like didya know... "To a human ear, prairie dogs’ squeaky calls sound simple and repetitive. But recent research has found that those calls can convey incredibly descriptive details. Prairie dogs can alert one another, for example, that there’s not just a human approaching their burrows, but a tall human wearing the color blue." (info from @World_Wildlife)
Last week, Chamois Andersen of Defenders’ Rockies and Plains program was at the American Prairie Reserve (APR) in northeast Montana. For the past three years, Defenders has joined staff of APR and the Prairie Dog Coalition of The Humane Society of the United States to enhance prairie dog habitat on this vast landscape. The plan is to reintroduce the endangered black-footed ferret to these lands, once there are ample prairie dog acres (a minimum of 1,500 acres is key for ferret recovery). This year’s assignment on the reserve involves putting in some serious sweat labor to connect more than 600 acres of prairie dog habitat. Invented by former Defenders’ staffer, Steve Forrest, “Assisted Dispersal,” is a technique used in fieldwork that involves installing artificial burrows and creating grain or feed trails to encourage prairie dogs to establish a new colony or town and expand their range. This labor-intensive work is a four-part process of mowing, reducing shrubs, creating burrows for the dogs to occupy, and dusting prairie dog burrows for fleas that transmit the plague. This habitat enhancement project has really made a difference in expanding prairie dog habitat on the American Prairie Reserve, and is a good example of the collaborative fieldwork by Defenders for endangered species recovery.
Update on Jefferson County Commissioners Meeting:
Several advocates showed up today at the 8am Jeffco commissioner's meeting. There were 5 supporters that spoke out and relayed to the commissioners the importance of approving this permit when it comes before them. The commissioners made it clear that they have not received the permit and have in no way made a decision yet or made any indication that they had an opinion one way or the other. They also stated that they were just as shocked to see the article in the Denver Post as we were. We still have confidence that we will get approval for this receiving site as long as all of you will continue to help be a voice for the prairie dogs.
Of concern now is that the developers of this land, Sun Construction, have already started to take steps to kill these prairie dogs by applying delta dust to the area (this is what they do before trapping and gassing them for the raptor and ferret programs). It is reprehensible that these developers are refusing to submit a permit application for a relocation and are going against the laws of Longmont in their attempts to exterminate this colony.
Tonight is another Longmont City Council meeting and members of PPC will be speaking for this colony. Please attend if you can, it starts at 7pm and is located in the Council Chambers located in the Civic Center at 350 Kimbark St., Longmont, CO 80501.
Please keep updated on our page posts for more ways you can help. We appreciate each and every one of you that have made calls, sent letters and helped in supporting this beautiful colony of prairie dogs.
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