Bryce Canyon National Park’s 7th Annual Utah Prairie Dog Day
will occur during National Park Week, April 18-22, 2016. Park Rangers will visit area schools to engage students about this keystone species, along with other important wildlife connections.
Utah prairie dogs are considered a “keystone species” that perform a variety of important ecological functions including improving soil quality, providing prey and places to live for other animals, and maintaining meadow ecosystems. Their ability to engineer the landscape adds to the overall diversity of both plants and animals.” Over 200 other species have been associated with prairie dog colonies, including wildlife that either depend upon or directly benefit by prairie dog activity for survival. “It cannot be overstated how beneficial the Utah prairie dog is to the overall health of southern Utah’s meadows.”
Ask a Ranger at the Visitor Center for the best locations to view and observe prairie dogs in their natural habitat.