Wildlife Monitoring (Prairie City SVRA)
Annual wildlife surveys are performed to determine overall species diversity and richness, as well as overall population density. Annual wildlife surveys completed in 2008 at Prairie City SVRA revealed several species throughout the Park. During the mammal monitoring, deer mice, coyote, black-tailed jack rabbits, Audubon's cottontail, deer, and bobcats were seen.
The bird species list totaled more than 100 birds and included Canada geese, horned larks, red-tailed hawks, and western bluebirds.
Two amphibian species, including bullfrogs and Pacific chorus frogs, were identified during the amphibian monitoring period. Reptiles observed include the northern Pacific rattlesnake, Pacific gopher snake, and the western fence lizard.