Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Historic Event

Today at 11:00 am, black-tailed prairie dogs were 
ceremoniously returned to southeastern arizona. 
They were extirpated from arizona
 in the 1930s, so this event has been a long time coming. 
A critical component of our southeastern 
grassland ecosystem, where prairie dogs 
live, a multitude of species flourish. 

Monday, October 6, 2008

trapping prairie dogs

trapping was underway all day. we captured 31 prairie dogs to add to 43 captured on friday. 74 prairie dogs will make the journey to arizona for tuesday's big release event. 

Saturday, October 4, 2008

home sweet home

my marmot aeros tent is fabulous.

Friday, October 3, 2008

young spotted ground squirrel

Spotted ground squirrels are often found in areas where prairie dogs are living (or lived, in cases where prairie dogs have been extirpated). In Arizona, they live in a variety of habitats, desert to mountain meadows. Their burrows are generally found in sandy soils. In southeastern Arizona they are associated with mesquite and acacia. In northern Arizona, they live among sagebrush and saltbush. This photo taken at the Ladder Ranch, near Truth or Consequences New Mexico. They've been observed feeding on: insects, a variety of seeds (saltbush, mesquite, sunflower, wild gourd), grasshoppers, and the pulp of cacti. 

Thursday, October 2, 2008

elk sighting

This bull elk along with another bull and a cow sauntered near our camp. Each night we could hear the elk bugling and bellowing - as bull elk attempt to establish a small herd of females.