Almost a million dollars of taxpayer money flushed down the global warming prairie dog hole, with no due diligence from the NSF.
Researchers from the University of Colorado and Kansas State University have been awarded a grant for more than $850,000 to study the impacts of climate change on prairie dogs in the Boulder area.
The massive grant — from the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation — is designed to give the researchers three years in the field to try and figure out how climate change is altering prairie dog habitat and how the rodents are responding to those changes.
“The classical studies on prairie dogs for foraging behavior were sort of null and void” under the new climate reality, Seastedt said.For example, prairie dogs don’t hibernate, but they do tend to stay underground during the winter. Seastedt said warmer temperatures and less snow cover may change that behavior.
I could have saved taxpayers a million bucks. Over the last 60 years, winter (Dec-Feb) maximum temperatures in Boulder have been declining and snowfall has been increasing. The exact opposite of the fundamental premise of the study. The “new climate reality” is unadulterated nonsense.
“This makes the argument that they’re going to be up there grazing for a longer period of time,” Seastedt said.
He said changes in climate and plant species could present a “variety of challenges that this keystone species has never faced.”
Here is my study of Fort Collins Prairie Dogs. Can I have a million bucks?
h/t to Marc Morano