Black-footed ferret, burrowing owl & mountain plover's connection to prairie dogs - Painting - Nature Art by Rebecca Richman

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Home for Prairie Dog - Black-footed ferret, burrowing owl & mountain plover's connection to prairie dogs by Rebecca Richman
  Home for Prairie Dog  (2011)
Subject: Black-footed ferret, burrowing owl & mountain plover's connection to prairie dogs
Dimensions (inches): 17.5 x 29
Medium: Watercolor & Pastel
Description: The black-tailed prairie dog, a hallmark of the American West, is a keystone species that many plants and animals depend on to survive. Many of us have grown fond of these darling creatures as we watch them scamper here and there along trails and roadways in our nation's grasslands. One of the most delightful experiences is watching a prairie dog sit up on its hind legs and begin 'barking', with forelegs held high and head back, in what seems to be pure joy. These cute little members of the squirrel family are known to chase each other in play, vocalize in a multitude of ways and even show affection by kissing; or at least that's what it looks like to us humans.

According to expert researcher, John Hoogland, there are more than 50 organizations at work to conserve prairie dogs because their population is at only 2% of historic levels just 200 years ago. The plague, loss of habitat, poisoning, and recreational shooting account for the drastic decrease in numbers. But we need prairie dogs on our grasslands. They increase vegetation health by regularly cropping grasses and herbs, keeping them short. And short plants provide a better source of protein to the grazers that feed on them; such as bison, pronghorn antelope, deer and elk. Also, plant species like scarlet globemallow, fetid marigold, and black nightshade are uncommon outside of prairie dog towns or colonies.

In addition, prairie dogs are an important food source to many predators. Coyotes, foxes, bobcats, badgers, ferruginous hawks, golden eagles, prairie falcons and black-footed ferrets, all depend on prairie dogs. In addition, their burrows provide shelter to mountain plovers, burrowing owls and black-footed ferrets; species listed as threatened or endangered by the USFWS. In my painting, Home for Prairie Dog, I focus on these three rare species and prairie dogs to illustrate my belief that every life form is connected to every other, a universal theme throughout my work.

Please join me in celebrating the black-tailed prairie dog, not only an important keystone species, but a necessary component of our grassland ecosystems. We can learn to appreciate everything these small creatures do to create viable prairies and healthy populations of countless plants and animals. Together, we can bring back prairie dogs to our grasslands and in turn, benefit the host of other life forms that depend on them.
Original Available For Sale: Yes
Price: $3,900.00 US

Limited Edition Available: Yes
Details: Please go to to purchase this print. You may choose from various types of fine art paper and sizes, then have it framesd and shipped right to your home!

Conservation Committment: 5% (Artist commits to donating the indicated portion of proceeds to conservation)
This artwork is dedicated to: Nature Conservancy (International)  


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