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iTwixie Studies Prairie Dogs: Week Twelve
May 20, 2010
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How cool is that?

Now, use this formula to figure out your guess for how many prairie dogs will be born this year in this Prairie Dog Study.

33 x 75% (or .75) x (choose a number between 1 and 8) = your guess!

This formula is based on these researcher notes:

  • 33 litters
  • 75% of litters make it above ground
  • Smallest litter size: 1; Largest litter size: 8; Most common litter size: 5

Researcher Notes:

  • 33 out of the 34 momma prairie dogs have had their prairie dog puppies. This is the highest number of prairie dog pups we’ve ever seen from a white-tail prairie dog colony!
  • But alas, only 75% of these pups will make it above ground because of sickness, abandonment and predators.
  • New avian sightings include bank swallow, Brandt’s cormorant, broad-tailed hummingbird, eared grebe, eastern kingbird, green-winged teal, pied-billed grebe,  western kingbird, and yellow-rumped warbler. And, for the first time ever for us, a western grebe.

Now, it’s YOUR turn:

Ok, so how many baby prairie dogs will the researchers see this year? Write your guess here! The girl with the closest estimate of pups born this season will get a prairie dog t-shirt. Woo hoo!

Just click on these links to catch up with what’s been going on with iTwixie’s prairie dog study:

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