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The Prairie-Hills Audubon (PHAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society. PHAS works to conserve the rich natural resources and wildlife heritage of the prairies and hills of western South Dakota and the surrounding region. PHAS is a volunteer grassroot organization. Assistance, support, and donations are greatly appreciated.

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Old News (But Still Relevant!)

NEW VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - PHAS is run by volunteers. PHAS needs new volunteers to help run our organization. Our mission it to educate about, protect and restore our environment and natural heritage. We need help in many areas including: publications, programs, fundraising, membership, field trips, field work, and education & conservation. Call Nancy at 787-6779 or email phas.wsd@rapidnet.com.

Congratulations to Shannon Freed in the Manderson area of Pine Ridge Reservation, who won a Audubon TogetherGreen Fellows grant for her sustainable house building project on the reservation.

LOGGING TO CONTROL INSECTS: THE SCIENCE AND MYTHS BEHIND MANAGING FOREST INSECT “PESTS” is a new publication about the "science" of logging under the guise of insect control. Download the report here. The same author also has a report on insects and roadless areas which can be downloaded by clicking here.

The North Face® Explore Fund is designed to inspire and enable the next generation of explorers by funding non-profit organizations that are working to re-connect children with nature. North Face believes in the physical, emotional and social benefits of a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle, and that a strong connection with the outdoors will lead to greater support and protection of our natural landscapes. The Explore Fund will support organizations that encourage youth outdoor participation, focusing primarily on creating more connections of children to nature, increasing access to both front & backcountry recreation, as well as providing education for both personal & environmental health. Grants will be given up to $2,500. For more information click here.

The second South Dakota Breeding Bird Atlas, starting in 2008, is a statewide survey to determine the current distribution and status of every bird species breeding in the state of South Dakota. For more information click the Citizen Science tab.

South Dakota Bird Conservation Plan. Click here to download a copy of the 2005 State of South Dakota bird conservation plan.

The South Dakota legislature continues to take actions harmful to prairie dogs, and because prairie dogs are a keystone species, to South Dakota's biological diversity and prairie heritage. Click here to download a prairie dog factsheet. For the facts about prairie dogs and plague click here.

Bird Course by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Have you ever wished you knew more about the bird behaviors you observe? Why they do what they do? Well, here's your chance to take a guided peek into their world! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offering a 5-week course on bird behavior. For more information go to: http://www.ecornell.com/birds?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=onlineCourse

American Dipper Petition. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected a petition to list the Black Hills population of American dipper has endangered or threatened. Read the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance press release regarding the FWS determination.

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It's go time!  Please contact your South Dakota congressional delegation and tell them you support wilderness designation in three areas of Buffalo Gap National Grassland: Indian Creek, Red Shirt and Chalk Hills. This effort would conserve 50,000 acres of South Dakota's rich and unique natural resources and would benefit all South Dakotans. For more information such as maps, fact sheets, and economic values of wilderness, go to the South Dakota Wild Grassland Coalition site and learn about the National Grassland Heritage Proposal.

Click here to download The Amended Petition to the Environmental Quality Council for Designation of an Area Known as Sand Creek as Very Rare or Uncommon (note - its a very large file). The petition was submitted to the Wyoming EQC on August 12, 2009 by the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance. The Prairie-Hills Chapter of the Audubon Society is an endorser on the petition. Click here to see Nancy Hilding's letter regarding protection of the area.