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Prairie dogs are an essential part of our prairies—among the most endangered ecosystems in the world. The Prairie Dog Coalition is committed to the protection of prairie dogs and their habitats.
About the Prairie Dog Coalition
The Prairie Dog Coalition is an alliance of non-profit organizations, concerned citizens, and scientists dedicated to the protection of imperiled prairie dogs and restoration of their ecosystems.
To accomplish this mission, we provide information and advocacy training, facilitate communication and planning, and promote conservation projects.
Prairie Dog Coalition Key Staff
- Lindsey Sterling Krank, Director
Lindsey is an environmental scientist with a degree from the University of Montana-Western. She has been leading the Coalition for nearly 10 years. She was PDC’s first full-time employee and led the group through independence and into a successful merger with The Humane Society of the United States. Because of the merger, the plight of the prairie dog has reached hundreds of thousands of otherwise untouched people. Lindsey’s talent is seen in bringing diverse people together at the same table and implementing successful field operations for the prairie dog ecosystem.
- Ghia Speakman, Program Manager
Ghia is a wildlife biologist with a degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology from Ohio University. Ghia comes to the PDC after working several years in local government, managing natural lands for both noxious and native plant species, and performing non-lethal prairie dog management within the City of Boulder. Ghia started working part-time for The Humane Society of the United States in 2011, and has become an expert in passive relocation for prairie dogs. Her background as a veterinary technician for seven years brings a variety of skills and knowledge to our program.
Prairie Dog Coalition Board Members
- Dave Pauli
Dave Pauli is the Senior Director, Wildlife Innovations and Response for The HSUS. As team leader for the Wildlife Innovations & Response Team (WIRT), Pauli works with government, private agencies, and individuals to help wildlife in crisis. In addition to supervising the Prairie Dog Coalition, Dave leads the Humane Design team and oversees habitat projects for Duchess Sanctuary. Learn more »
- Stephanie Boyles Griffin
As Senior Director, Wildlife Response, Innovations and Services for The HSUS, Stephanie Boyles Griffin leads a team responsible for identifying, developing and implementing technical and direct assistance and response programs that promote humane, innovative, and sustainable wildlife management policies, practices and procedures. In addition to her role at The HSUS, she serves as a Commissioner on the Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission. Boyles Griffin has more than fifteen years of experience in the field of wildlife advocacy. Learn more »
- Jonathan Proctor
Jonathan Proctor is the Rockies and Plains Representative for Defenders of Wildlife. Based in Missoula, Montana, Proctor advocates for the imperiled wildlife of the region, with a focus on wild bison, black-footed ferrets, and prairie dogs. In 2000, he helped form the Northern Plains Conservation Network, a coalition of conservation organizations and tribes working to restore of the region’s natural heritage, and served as its coordinator. He is also a founder and advisory board member of the Prairie Dog Coalition. Proctor is coauthor of Ocean of Grass, an ecoregion assessment on the Northern Great Plains, as well as four publications on prairie dogs, including a chapter in "Conservation of the Black-tailed Prairie Dog."
- Pam Wanek
After a ten-year career as a compliance officer in the securities industry, Pam began working to protect Colorado open lands and prairie dog colonies. She is a strong advocate for retaining local wildlife and is well educated in the nuances of Colorado’s land use laws and land use plans to influence change. In 2006, Pam received national attention for developing a non-lethal prairie dog management method called Reverse Dispersal Translocation. This method integrates biological and habitat ideologies to save prairie dogs. She has received awards from the Prairie Dog Coalition and the City of Boulder for Outstanding Conservation and Preservation Practices in the Field of Wildlife Management.
- Deb Jones
Deb Jones is president and a founding member of Prairie Dog Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation, preservation and restoration of prairie dogs and their habitat throughout their native regions. Since 1997, Jones has managed multiple relocation efforts that have saved many thousands of prairie dogs. She works with local, state and federal officials in the development of conservation plans and has assisted these agencies in finding humane methods of prairie dog management. Jones spends a great deal of time on educational efforts in the classroom and loves training new prairie dog advocates in the field. She has a true passion for hands-on fieldwork with prairie dogs and truly loves the peace found only on our prairies.
- Buffalo Bruce McIntosh
Buffalo Bruce is a semi-retired research ecologist, after working for Western Nebraska Resources Council and the Smithsonian Institution. He was the presenter of the Maiben Memorial Lecture at the 2012 Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting and recipient of the 2011 State Conservationist of the Year Award from Nebraska Wildlife Federation. Buffalo Bruce has successfully advocated for prairie wildlife through litigation, legislation, and wildlife management campaigns. Bruce's tireless efforts are recognized across the Great Plains regions and we are lucky to have him on board.
- Kevin Natapow
Kevin Natapow spent years working in international development and environmental conservation, and believes that one of the most effective approaches to creating lasting change in the developing world is to promote Fair Trade practices. Marketing fairly traded goods can help improve the lives of artisans around the world while providing quality, hand-made goods to U.S. consumers. With his wife Jenny, Natapow is the co-founder of Boulder, Colo.-based Momentum, a fair-trade retail store.
- Seleyn DeYarus
Seleyn DeYarus has served on the advisory board of the PDC since 2010. She is CEO and majority owner of Best Organics, Inc., a seller of premium organic products and gift collections featuring all organic and eco-friendly items. She is a Managing Partner of Compass Natural, LLC, a PR, communications, and business development agency. DeYarus is the former Development Director of The Organic Center, a nonprofit research and education organization focusing on the benefits of organic food and farming and serves on the board of AllergyKids Foundation. She is an avid photographer, loves gardening, and enjoys listening to the calls of prairie dogs while hiking in the prairie lands of the West.
Other Individual Members
Brian Miller, Ph.D.; Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D.; Jane Goodall, Ph.D.; John Hoogland, Ph.D.; Paul Johnsgard, Ph.D.; Rich Reading, Ph.D.; Rosalie Little Thunder
"Nine different wildlife species depend on the prairie dog and their habitat for their survival. The prairie dog is a critical component to healthy North American grasslands." - Prairie Dog Coalition member Dr. Jane Goodall
Organizational and Corporate Supporters
- All My Relations
Animal Defense League of Arizona
Animal Protection Institute
Animal Protection of New Mexico
Biodiversity Conservation Alliance
Boulder Environmental Activists Reserve
The Center for Biological Diversity
The Center for Native Ecosystems
Douglas County Citizens for Wildlife
The Fund for Animals
Great Plains Restoration Council
The Humane Society of the United States
In Defense of Animals
Jews of the Earth
Midwest Prairie Dog Shelter, Dianne James
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
People for Native Ecosystems
- Prairie Dog Action
Prairie Dog Pals
Prairie Ecosystem Associates
Prairie Hills Audubon Society of Northern South Dakota
Prairie Dog Rescue of New England
Predator Conservation Alliance
Rocky Mountain Animal Defense
Southern Plains Land Trust
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
T & E, Inc.
Western Nebraska Resources Council
Wild Birds Unlimited
Wild Earth Guardians
Wild Places Inc.
Wild Utah Project
Wildlands Conservation Alliance