The Humane Society of the United States was excited to announce the 2019 Prairie Dog Coalition (PDC) on the Transect. Daily content updates from the field can be found here, including the video, photo and species of the day. Learn more about the transect and the inspiration behind it.
Day 5: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Notes from James Kipp
Today was a stormy day, but we embarked on our final canoeing leg nonetheless and headed up the river towards James Kipp. Once the weather cleared, we found there was little to no current on the wide river and we had to dig deep to get the strength to paddle for hours on end to make it to the next stop. Needless to say, the weather has been challenging throughout the trip and we may have to regroup and determine if we need to reroute the remaining days of our trip. In remote locations like this, it’s even more important to adapt to weather changes and it reminded us of what the prairie dogs we relocated during our field season are likely experiencing as they adapt to their new surroundings.
Day 1: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Notes from Glasgow, Montana
Early this morning, we embarked on the first part of our 100-mile journey—a 12-mile hike! It was brutal, but each step we took reminded us all of how important this effort is to raise awareness about the plight of the prairie dogs. We followed the little orange flags that marked the path to follow (there aren’t any other signs or markers out here!) and were overjoyed to have our first prairie dog sighting: A little prairie dog standing up and surveying the surroundings. A beautiful sight and quite the inspiration.
The little prairie dog was no doubt keeping an eye out for predators, of which there are many, including our species of the day, the swift fox (Vulpes Velox). The prairie dog is a keystone species, which means they are species that other species rely heavily on—nine species are directly linked to the prairie dog, including for food. The swift fox is labeled a vulnerable species due to their restricted range throughout the Great Plains and one of their preferred species of prey is the prairie dog. We’ll be highlighting a species of the day each day of our journey, so that you can learn a bit more about the impact the prairie dog is having in their ecosystem and why it’s so important we help them.