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iTwixie Studies Prairie Dogs: Week Six
April 8, 2010
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Don’t prarie dogs look like fat little squirrels?  They are tough to see from far away! So you can understand why the Prairie Dog Expert Team needs special equipment to see all the neat things that prairie dogs are up to!

Just click on these links to catch up with any of the past weeks of this prairie dog study:

Researchers watch carefully to see which males visit which burrow during mating season. They want to keep track of who is the father of the pups that will be born. The Prairie Dog Expert Team has to be patient! They must watch carefully and continuously! The mating season is almost over.

Researcher Notes:

  • 34 female prairie dogs have chosen a mate so far.  Only 4 more are left!
  • A prairie falcon enjoyed a Wyoming ground squirrel for a meal this week. Researchers call this a “predation,” which comes from the word “predator.”
  • We made notes of new avian, or bird, sightings: bald eagle, ferruginous hawk, Franklin’s gull, gadwall, kildeer, northern harrier, pinyon jay, and red-tailed hawk.

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

HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU iTwixie girls:

1. Do you know what a predator is?

2. Now that you know that there are about 38 female prairie dogs in this colony or prairie dog town, how many prairie dogs pups do you think there will be this year? The winner will get a prize!

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