Outreach Specialist, National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center
“The Life of the Prairie Bandit”
Thursday, Aoril 13th, 2023
Social Time with Refreshments 7:00 p.m.;
Announcements 7:20 p.m.;
Visual Presentation: 7:30 p.m.
Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.
***This program will also be accessible online using Zoom***
It will also be viewable in-person at the Senior Center.
Enter the following link on your web browser at or before 7 p.m. and follow the instructions to join the meeting virtually: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89425740063
BFF Dude by Kimberly Fraser
The Black-footed Ferret (BFF) is the only ferret native to the short-grass prairie of North America. Black-footed Ferrets are members of the Mustelidae family, which is often referred to as the weasel family. Other members of this family include mink, badger, marten, fisher, polecat, wolverine, and domestic ferret. The BFF spends its entire life in prairie dog colonies and 90 percent of the BFF’s diet is prairie dog; they eat over 100 prairie dogs a year. Black-footed ferrets spend about 90 percent of their time underground in prairie dog burrows, where they shelter from predators and weather, eat, sleep, and raise their young. They are nocturnal, solitary, and require large areas on the landscape. Their home range is in 12 western states, Canada, and Mexico. They are one of the most endangered mammals in North America and are federally protected; over 50 state, federal, tribal, non-governmental organizations, and private landowners participate in BFF recovery efforts. In 2020, the BFF was the first North American endangered species to be cloned. It is an effort that is changing the face of saving species from extinction.
Kimberly Fraser is the Outreach Specialist for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National BFF Conser-vation Center, Colorado. She is also the BFF Program Coordinator at the Museum of Discovery in Fort Collins.
Join us on April 13th at the Fort Collins Senior Center for this free program. The public is welcome!