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Prairie Dog Monitoring

Prairie dog town
Prairie dog town

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For more information contact: Angela Jarding

Importance

Black tailed prairie dogs are an ecologically dominant species that influences the grassland biodiversity , vegetation composition and structure, forage availability, and nutrient cycling. Several species such as the burrowing owl, mountain plover and ferruginous hawks are closely tied to prairie dog towns. Prairie dog management is highly controversial, and managers need data on current status, trends and distribution to facilitate and defend management decisions.

Monitoring Objectives

  1. At Scotts Bluff NM, determine area and spatial characteristics of active towns annually.

Parks Monitored

Scotts Bluff National Monument

Vital Signs Monitored

Prairie Dogs


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