Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Prairie Dog Stamps


This is the artwork from a block of stamps that the USPS issued in 2001. It depicts what a healthy prairie might look like. While the prairie dogs are "black tails", I think you could imagine a similar scene here in New Mexico with Gunnisons.

3 Comments:

At 2:17 PM, Blogger DaikiniCrossroads ~Crystal~ said...

Are the prairie dogs around Indian School & Tramway hibernating right now? If so, when do they come back out? If not, do they need some extra food put out?

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger residentPhD said...

Please stop feeding the prairie dogs in the Tramway and Indian School area!! The colony was doing very well several years ago before Prairie Dog Pals started "caring"for them. They already had an above average population density (according to all nature publications, prairie dogs naturally exist in average population densities of 2 to 18 animals per acre). The feeding of these animals has resulted in an extreme overpopulation of the area - there are well over 100 in less than an acre of land. The animals no longer have any fear of people and endanger bikers and others by standing on the paved bike path and making you go around them! The vegetation has gone from a nice grassy area to mostly dirt with sumac, milkweed, and other very undesirable weeds because of this huge population increase.

 
At 8:12 PM, Blogger squirrelmama said...

The stamps are beautiful - I have several copies of this in my collection at home, and I also use the notecards and postcards - and the computer stationery. Spread the word, show everyone how magnificent the prairie is and how majestic ALL prairie dogs are!

 

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