January 29, 2010
Let's Hear It for Prairie Dogs
Make room, Punxsutawney Phil: Prairie Dog Day is here to stay
Why are Prairie Dogs Important?
- There are 246 wildlife species that benefit from prairie dogs.
- Prairie dog burrows provide shelter for burrowing owls, snakes, cottontails, ferrets, invertebrates, lizards, toads, salamanders, and small rodents.
- Prairie dogs provide food for a variety of grassland-animals including coyotes, raptors, snakes, badgers, black-footed ferrets, and foxes.
- By digging and burrowing, prairie dogs churn the soil, making it more fertile. The more they trim the grass, the more nutrient-enriched it becomes, attracting hooved-animals like bison and pronghorn.
Meet a Humane Hero
We will join Luke in Salt Lake City on February 2 as he delivers more than 1,000 signatures from Utah residents in support of Resolution # H.J.R. 21, which would declare Feb. 2nd Prairie Dog Day.
Working Together for Prairie Dogs
If you are an advocate, educator, or an individual with a particular interest in prairie dogs and would like to celebrate Prairie Dog Day 2011 in your home town, contact us.