Black-footed ferrets are back. Well, almost. They were once extirpated, or extinct in Canada. Thirty-five ferrets were released from captivity into Grasslands National Park in 2009, the first of a series of annual releases to try and reintroduce ferrets into the wild. To check in on the lithe, weasel-like creatures, experts look to black-tailed prairie dogs. These creatures make up 90 percent of the ferrets' diet. Where there is food, there will likely be ferrets. Researchers at the Calgary ...
I have a confession: I’ve always disliked ferrets. A childhood friend had one and I always felt like playing with it was like trying to hold a wriggling furry slinky. Which, needless to say, turned me off of the species pretty quickly.
Despite my aversion, I watched Return of the Prairie Bandit - a documentary that will be airing on The Nature of Things next week. It follows the efforts to re-introduce the black-footed ferret into Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan.
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Canadian Geographic won the prestigious Magazine of the Year award (for magazines with a circulation of more than 150,000) at a gala in Toronto in June. The award was presented by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors at the annual MagNet conference.
The distinction caps a string of awards recently received by the magazine and its website. At the National Magazine Awards, also held in Toronto in June, Canadian Geographic’s website garnered two golds: one for the Canadian Geographic Photo Club ...
You may remember our December 2009 dispatch by Candace Savage and Jo-Anne McArthur on the return of the black-footed ferret to Saskatchewan's Grasslands National Park after a 70 year absence.
Due to poisoning of their food source - burrowing prairie dogs - and the habitat they created, the black-footed ferret population in Canada went extinct altogether in 1937. It was only after a small group of seven ferrets were found in Wyoming in 1985 that attempts to restore their populations began.