The tanks are all empty and the cages have been cleaned; the hay has been swept out of the staging facility; the volunteers, bless them, have returned to a normal schedule; the Suburban and tanker have been put up for what we hope will be a LONG winter’s rest; and most, if not all, of the prairie dogs are now hibernating.
The now silent staging facility still holds echoes of prairie dogs in transit. Happy, hectic, hopeful, hateful, fearful echoes of our transient guests.
Today, Ray W, Frances G, and C Rex ventured out to the refuge with the last 34 prairie dogs of the summer season. We had prairie dogs from Belen, Los Lunas, Tramway and Central, and Tramway and Lomas.
You can see it was an absolutely gorgeous day, a bit cool, but a perfect day to release the remaining PDs.
During the course of the morning we investigated the area and found that the PDs had spread out into adjacent areas, exactly as planned. We also provided additional food at all the feeding stations and winterized the drinkers. The supplemental feeding seems to have helped them in the process of establishing their own digs.
A great day!