Gunnison's Prairie Dog Restoration and Effects on a Grassland Ecosystem

Gunninson's Prairie Dog Restoration

Gunninson's Prairie Dog Restoration
Ana Davidson holding a baby prairie dog that is about to be released.  Location of photo: Nunn Flats.  Photo taken June 2005.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog

Gunnison's Prairie Dog
Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni)  in a holding tank before release.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog

Gunnison's Prairie Dog
Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) acclimating in their soft-release cages at the Sevilleta prairie dog restoration site.  Photo taken 2005.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog

Gunnison's Prairie Dog
Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) waiting for release onto Nunn Flats. Photo taken June 2005.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog

Gunnison's Prairie Dog
Gunnison's prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) in a holding tank before release.  Photo taken June 28, 2005.

Installing Artificial Burrows

Installing Artificial Burrows
Marshall and Laura helping install artificial prairie dog burrows.  Photo taken 2005.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog Restoration Project

Gunnison's Prairie Dog Restoration Project
A volunteer, Erin Wiedower, feeding prairie dog that will be released.  Photo taken June 2005.

Installing Artificial Burrows

Installing Artificial Burrows
Rich and Renee helping install artificial prairie dog burrows.  Photo taken 2005.

Installing Artificial Burrows

Installing Artificial Burrows
Marshall and Harsha helping install artificial prairie dog burrows. Photo taken 2005.

Building Soft-release Cages

Building Soft-release Cages
Mike Friggens making prairie dog soft-release cages.  Photo taken 2005.

Installing Soft-release Cages

Installing Soft-release Cages
Gregory Greene installing prairie dog soft-release cages.  Photo taken June 2005.

Building Nest Boxes

Building Nest Boxes
Joe Farigone making nest boxes for the artificial prairie dog burrows.  Photo taken May 2005.

Releasing Prairie Dogs

Releasing Prairie Dogs
Mike Friggens releasing a prairie dog into and artificial burrow.  Photo taken June 2005.

Installing Artificial Burrows

Installing Artificial Burrows
Installation of the artificial burrows for prairie dog releases.  Photo taken April 21, 2009.

Installing Artificial Burrows

Installing Artificial Burrows
Backhoe digging trenches for the installation of prairie dog artificial burrows.  Photo taken April 21, 2005

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