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September 12, 2016
Prairie dog and habitat.

Long-term Evaluation of Factors that Affect Parasitism of Prairie Dogs by Fleas

Dr. David Eads, Colorado State University cooperator, and Dr.John Hoogland from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, recently used long-term data to evaluate correlations between precipitation and parasitism of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) by fleas.

November 19, 2014
A badger using a prairie dog burrow. Photo courtesy of Dean Biggins, USGS.

American Badgers Selectively Excavate Burrows

This recent study looked at the implications of badgers and ferrets taking over black-tailed prairie dog burrows. In a colony of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) in South Dakota, badgers concentrated their activities where burrow openings and prairie dogs were abundant, a selective behavior that was exhibited by ferrets in the same colony.

December 1, 2013
Picture of a Black Footed Ferret

Saving the Native Prairie - One Black-Footed Ferret at a Time

The FORT field study of plague ecology at Badlands National Park in South Dakota was visited by Elizabeth Shogren of National Public Radio. Dean Biggins discussed with her the history of black-footed ferret research and recovery, the effect of the plague on ferret and prairie dog conservation, and the potentially ominous impacts of the plague on other ecosystems in the western United States.

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Last First Phone Email Agency Affiliation
Auble Gregor 970-226-9448 USGS (FORT) Aquatic Systems
Biggins Dean 970-226-9467 USGS (FORT) Trust Species & Habitats
Bowen Zachary 970-226-9218 USGS (FORT) Ecosystem Dynamics
Brown Donald 970-226-9155 USGS (FORT) Information Science
Burris Lucy 970-226-9157 USGS (FORT) Ecosystem Dynamics
Cade Brian 970-226-9326 USGS (FORT) Trust Species & Habitats
Carr Natasha 970-226-9446 USGS (FORT) Ecosystem Dynamics
Carter Sarah 970-226-9355 USGS (FORT) Ecosystem Dynamics
Cory Drew 970-226-9101 Contractor - Cherokee Nation Technology Information Science
Cryan Paul 970-226-9389 USGS (FORT) Trust Species & Habitats
Cullinane Thomas Catherine 970-226-9164 USGS (FORT) Social and Economic Analysis
Daniels Joan 303-236-5335 USGS (FORT) Aquatic Systems
Dong Quan 970-226-9175 USGS (FORT) Aquatic Systems
Drummond Mark 970-226-9374 (Ft. Collins) USGS Federal Interdisciplinary
Eads David 970-226-9261 Cooperator - CSU Trust Species & Habitats
Emmerich Christopher 970-226-9141 Contractor - Cherokee Nation Technology Information Science
Fike Jennifer 970-226-9199 USGS (FORT) Trust Species & Habitats
Friedman Jonathan 970-226-9318 USGS (FORT) Aquatic Systems
Kern Tim 970-226-9366 USGS (FORT) Information Science
Keyes Christopher 970-226-9266 Volunteer Social and Economic Analysis
Melcher Cynthia 970-226-9376 USGS (FORT) Ecosystem Dynamics
Oyler-McCance Sara 970-226-9197 USGS (FORT) Trust Species & Habitats
Reese Gordon 970-226-9257 USGS (FORT) Ecosystem Dynamics
Roelle James 970-226-9435 USGS (FORT) Ecosystem Dynamics
Schuster Rudy 970-226-9165 USGS (FORT) Social and Economic Analysis
Scott Michael 970-226-9475 USGS (FORT) Aquatic Systems
Shafroth Patrick 970-226-9327 USGS (FORT) Aquatic Systems
Shapiro Lisa 970-226-9208 Contractor - Cherokee Nation Technology Information Science
Skagen Susan 970-226-9461 USGS (FORT) Social and Economic Analysis
Stanley Thomas 970-226-9360 USGS (FORT) Trust Species & Habitats
Stevens Patricia 970-226-9499 USGS (FORT) Trust Species & Habitats
Swann M. 970-226-9346 USGS (FORT) Social and Economic Analysis
Talbert Colin 970-226-9425 USGS (FORT) Information Science
Wilson Lei Ann 970-226-9179 Contractor - Cherokee Nation Technology Information Science