Prairie Dog Monitoring
Black-tailed prairie dogs are an ecologically dominant species that influences 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.
- At Scotts Bluff National Monument, determine area and spatial characteristics of active towns annually.
Last updated: August 20, 2018