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2008-07-17 10:05:00

Endangered black-footed ferrets, like children, aren't exactly lining up to be stuck with a vaccine, but in an effort to help control an extensive outbreak of plague in South Dakota, some of the ferrets are getting dosed with a vaccine given by biologists. This is the first time the vaccine has been used during a major plague epizootic "” an animal version of a human epidemic. Sylvatic plague is an infectious bacterial disease usually transmitted from animal to animal by fleas. This...

2008-07-16 09:00:44

By Jim Robbins A colony that contains nearly half of the black-footed ferrets in the United States and that biologists say is critical to the long- term health of the species has been struck by plague, which may have killed a third of the 300 animals. A much-publicized endangered species in the 1970s that had dwindled to 18 animals, the black-footed ferret had struggled to make a comeback and had been doing relatively well for decades. But plague, always a threat to the ferrets and their...

2008-07-15 09:00:44

By Michelle Dynes By Michelle Dynes mdynes@wyomingnews.com CHEYENNE - Plague is threatening black-footed ferrets in South Dakota and putting local biologists on alert for signs of the disease in Wyoming. About 10,000 acres of prairie dog colonies have been infected in South Dakota's Conata Basin, tainting the endangered ferrets' favorite meal, said Martin Grenier, non-game mammal biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. It's still too early to calculate the impacts to...

2008-07-04 15:00:34

Iron Creek Capital Corp. (TSX VENTURE: IRN), announces that the Company's Chilean subsidiary, Compania Minera Mena Resources (Chile) Limitada ("Mena Chile") and Andina Minerals Chile Limitada ("Andina") have agreed to amend the terms of Mena Chile's option to acquire a 50% interest in the Pampa Buenos Aires Project (the "Pampa Project") in Chile. The amended option calls for the Company to issue to Andina or its designee no later than July 31, 2008, 525,000 shares of Iron Creek, as well as...

2008-06-27 06:02:33

By Kevin Giles, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jun. 27--A Washington County nature preserve that is restoring native prairie will add a bison herd to help teach people about Minnesota's heritage during the state's sesquicentennial this year. About 20 yearling bison will be released Saturday on 220 acres bordering Afton and West Lakeland Township, said Steve Hobbs, executive director of Belwin, a nonprofit organization. "Bison are as much a part of the prairies as grasses and wildflowers,"...

2007-02-20 21:00:20

By Mike Michaelson When pioneers rolled their creaking covered wagons westward, land occupied by present-day Indiana was virgin prairie - more than 2 million acres of it, with stands of lush bluestem grass growing 10 feet tall. It was an incredibly diverse ecosystem, teeming with birds and wildlife that included prairie chickens, bison and elk and humming with busy insects pollinating wildflowers that bloomed in bright and delicate shades of yellow, white, pink, blue and purple. Over...

2006-03-17 12:55:00

By Marcy Nicholson WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Parts of Canada's grain belt will need timely spring rains to stave off drought conditions as the planting season approaches, crop and weather specialists warn. Soil moisture is below average in much of Alberta and pockets of Saskatchewan, where fall rains and winter snowfall were minimal. "Being so dry, there's not going to be a lot of moisture for the plant to tap into," said Guy Ash, weather and crops surveillance analyst for the Canadian...

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2005-11-29 16:13:32

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The gradual warming of the Upper Midwest could cut the duck population in half as early as 2050, according to a new study published in the journal BioScience. The study looked at how climate change could affect the Upper Midwest, where North America's best duck breeding grounds are, over the next 50 to 100 years. The area, known as the prairie pothole region, produces 50 percent to 80 percent of the continent's ducks and contains an estimated 5 million small ponds spread...

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2005-02-15 13:31:31

INTERIOR, S.D. (AP) -- Jerry Heinrichs says that because of the long-running drought across the West, his cattle had to compete with prairie dogs for the grass. And the prairie dogs won. Across his ranch and other swaths of both private and government-owned grassland in southwestern South Dakota, about 50 miles east of Mount Rushmore, little remains but bare dirt, stones, prairie dog mounds and the burrowing rodents that live under them. Heinrichs mostly blames the federal government, which...

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2004-12-29 10:05:33

PHOENIX (AP) -- Endangered black-footed ferrets are reproducing more and surviving longer in the wild in Arizona than they have since recovery efforts began nearly a decade ago, wildlife biologists say. Biologists found 28 ferrets in the last two years in Arizona that were born in the wild - more than double the number found during any two-year period since a reintroduction program began in 1996. "The success in Arizona is great," said Mike Lockhart, a ferret recovery coordinator for the...


Latest Prairies Reference Libraries

Central forest-grasslands transition
2013-04-19 18:13:27

The Central forest-grasslands transition are a prairie ecoregion of the central United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. This is a great area that covers 157,000 square miles from central Illinois through the majority of Missouri, eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and into Texas. This region was conventionally a mixture of woodland and tall grass prairie, which as the soil is made up of highly fertile mollisols; most of the region has been transformed to farmland. The rainfall...

Flint Hills
2013-04-19 14:38:33

The Flint Hills, known historically as Bluestern Pastures or Blue Stem Hills, are a group of hills located in eastern Kansas reaching into north central Oklahoma, extending from Marshall County and Washington County in Kansas in the north to Cowley County, Kansas and Osage and Kay counties in Oklahoma towards the south. The people of Oklahoma usually refer to the same geologic formation as the Osage Hills or “The Osage”. The Flint Hills are designated as a unique ecoregion due to it...

2013-04-18 23:10:55

The Texas Blackland Prairies are a temperate grassland ecoregion that is located in Texas that stretches roughly from the Red River in North Texas to San Antonio in the south. This area covers an area of 19,400 square miles, consisting of a main belt of 17,000 square miles and two islands of tall grass prairie grasslands located southeast of the main blackland prairie belt; both the main belt and the islands stretch northeast/southwest. It hosts many different eco-regional organisms....

Semi-arid Pampas
2013-04-18 23:08:40

The Semi-arid Pampas, alternatively known as the Dry Pampas, is a temperate grassland ecoregion located in central Argentina. The Semi-arid Pampas cover an area of 126,000 square miles, including western Buenos Aires Province, southern Cordoba and San Luis Provinces and most of La Pampa Province. The area is, in all, a home to no more than a million people, who normally enjoy some of the nation’s lowest poverty rates. Not dissimilar to the more humid pampas to the east, the area is...

High Plains (United States)
2013-04-18 22:49:08

The High Plains are a sub region of the Great Plains mainly in the Western United States, but also partially in the Midwest states of Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota, generally ecompassing the western portion of the Great Plains before the region reaches the Rocky Mountains. The High Plains are located in southeastern Wyoming, southwestern South Dakota, eastern Colorado, western Nebraska, eastern New Mexico, western Kansas, northwestern Texas and western Oklahoma. They rise in elevation...

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