On paper they’re as common as grass.
That’s the concern that Black Hills State University biologist Brian Smith and his graduate student, Brian Blais, share.
“My thesis is focusing on the genetic diversity across the species range,” Blais said.” We suspect that there may be genetically distinct populations scattered across its range – including differentiation of the Black Hills vs. the Prairie Pothole Region within South Dakota – and my study should shed light on that issue. Identifying these fragile populations could offer recommendations to wildlife managers.”…
(read more: Capital Journal)
photograph by Brian Blais