So called “dogs” of the Great Plains

These once widespread animals still dot the landscape of the Great Plains.  We’ve chosen these under appreciated and misunderstood squirrels to kick off our new round of station breaks that are hitting the PBS airwaves! Historically, prairie dogs lived alongside bison that once roamed freely across the plains. Even today, despite sever range reduction, their burrows provide refuge for numerous species of amphibians, reptiles, birds, countless insects and so much more. In essence, their colonies create towns where there was nothing and provide an underground oasis in the vastness of the prairie. Next time you encounter a prairie dog town, stop and take a minute to observe all the sights and sounds of the animals that gather there. We believe a deeper understanding of the crucial role these animated prairie dogs fill will start to blossom.

-Ray Matlack and Jessie Story

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