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iTwixie Studies Prairie Dogs: Week Five
April 1, 2010
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Just click on these links to catch up with Week OneWeek Two, Week Three and Week Four!

The prairie dog mating season is a wild 2 weeks! Researchers must keep track of these rascals, so the Prairie Dog Expert Team works overtime.

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Photo Credit: Erica van Manen

Can you see how these two male prairie dogs are flaring their white tails? The flaring signals that a fight is about to happen.

 

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Photo Credit: Erica van Manen

Wham! Check out this fight! See how the prairie dogs jump and strike?

 

Researcher Notes:

  • We captured and marked 12 new prairie dogs over the last week. Our new total is 34.
  • We’ve made new bird, or avian, sightings. We’re adding barred owl and western meadowlark to our list.

 

Got questions for Dr. Hoogland and his Prairie Dog Expert Team? Ask away!

Here is a question for you! Why do you think prairie dog males fight so fiercely? WHAT is the point of all this fighting??

 

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