National Ferret Day, celebrated April 2nd of each year, is also a day to recognize the importance of the domestic ferret’s wild counterpart, the black-footed ferret, a native species of the Great Plains. With its cream-colored silky fur and bandit-masked face, the endangered black-footed ferret is cute but rarely seen due to its nocturnal behavior. This animal… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Prairie Dog
In June, Defenders representatives worked on the American Prairie Reserve to expand prairie dog colonies. We wanted to make new habitat more prairie dog friendly, to encourage prairie dogs to move into this new area, and to protect the growing colony from plague.
Court cases and a new proposed bill seek to remove ESA protections for any species located only in one state, a position that would cripple the protection of endangered and threatened species and would give free reign to economic pursuits, no matter the cost to our nation’s wildlife.
Every fall on the prairie, black-footed ferret chasers take to the field to study these nocturnal creatures.
One of grassland conservation’s greatest unsung heroes, Larry Haverfield dedicated his life to protecting endangered species like the black-footed ferret.