Black-Tailed Praire Dogs – Fort Whyte Centre, Fort Whyte, Manitoba

The Fort Whyte Center on the outskirts of Winnipeg is an interesting place to visit. One of the attractions is a small Black-Tailed Prairie Dog colony. In the wild the Black-tailed Prairie Dog can be a bit tough to photograph as they are quick to return to their subterranean burrow complex at any sign of danger. To them, a guy my size carrying a big camera with a big lens is a definite sign of danger :-). However, at the Fort Whyte Center where they are used to humans they can be more cooperative and sometimes even pose for the camera. They didn’t pose for me, unfortunately, but I have seen some pretty nice shots taken by my photographer friends when they have been visiting the Fort Whyte Center.

The Black-tailed Prairie Dog system of burrows can stretch great distances and the underground “prairie dog towns” can house thousands and thousands of these rodents.

As I was wandering around the site, I noticed this nice big cocklebur just waiting to latch onto someone’s clothing. I took its photo and left it for the next person.




About Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron
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