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American Beaver (Castor canadensis)

The American Beaver (Castor canadensis) is a large semi-aquatic rodent native to Canada, much of the United States, parts of northern Mexico, and the most southern province of Argentina, Tierra del Fuego.

On Groundhog Day, the north american prarie dog saw the shadow of extinction

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AUTHOR: Terry Tempest Williams

north american black tailed prarie dog
North American Black-Tailed Prarie Dog
CASTLE VALLEY, Utah – Will the groundhog see his shadow this morning and retreat into his burrow for the next six weeks of winter, or will a cloudy day portend an early spring? A derivative of Candlemas, Groundhog Day reminds us that in the heart of winter, rebirth is possible, even in a frozen world.

We await the prognostication of the hibernating ones to signal our future, be it a groundhog, woodchuck, badger or hedgehog. In the American West, we look to the prairie dog: clay-colored sentinels that stand on their mounds watching the horizon for clues; a quick bark warns danger is near.

A fair prediction could be made that on this day, the shadow they see is not of a prolonged winter, but of a prolonged history of abuse.

Scientist says prairie dogs appear to have their own language

Scientist says prairie dogs appear to have their own language…KEYWORDS: Gunnisons prairie dogs animal languages gunnison prairie dog rodents animal studies animal languages Slobodchikoff prairie dog linguist Gunnison’s prairie dog

Prairie dogs, those little pups popping in and out of holes on vacant lots and rural rangeland, are talking up a storm.

They have different “words” for tall human in yellow shirt, short human in green shirt, coyote, deer, red-tailed hawk and many other creatures.