Cayler Prairie Preserve, Vertebrates, Badgers, Tall-Grass Prairie
The vertebrate fauna of the Cayler Prairie Preserve, Dickinson County, Iowa, has been compiled from field observations and study between 1971 and 1974. Seventy-two species, including four amphibians, seven reptiles, 35 birds, and 26 mammals, were recorded. The diverse fauna results from the variety of habitats contained in the preserve, as well as the size of the preserve. One key member of the fauna is the badger (Taxidea taxus), which creates microhabitats favorable for small vertebrates while digging for ground squirrels. Few adventive vertebrates have successfully invaded the prairie, and the fauna represents a sizable fragment (larger vertebrates are absent) of the fauna typically associated with tall-grass prairies.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 1975 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Platt, William J.
"The Vertebrate Fauna of the Cayler Prairie Preserve, Dickinson County, Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science: Vol. 82:
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol82/iss2/8