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Audubon News April 2020

We hope all folks are healthy and safe. Nancy Hilding, 605-787-6466 (h) 605-787-2806 (cell) or nhild-
Due to social distancing, we have stopped face-to-face meetings. You may wish to download zoom software
We are canceling the May 2nd, 2020 Prairie Hills Audubon in advance (it’s free & a useful tool) .
Society’s and Sierra Club’s annual field trip to La Creek The instructions and links are also on our website’s home page
National Wildlife Refuge. We encourage people to go birding and Facebook pages. Also on our pages are links to more refer-
alone during times of social distancing. ences/information on otters and proposed delisting.
Discussion of Issues - River Otters
We are switching to zoom meeting formats. You can view our The meeting topic is the story of SD's river otters: their behav-
March 31st, 2020 ZOOM meeting on the greater sage grouse at iors, habitat, distribution, history of threats to the otters & history
this link. - of their protection, recovery in SD & the proposal to de-list otters in SD. SD river otters are currently listed as threatened
aLbX6a81yEerKdczEtkHMhz17ekEuCUk7Avckmc under the SD Endangered Species Act. SD Game, Fish and Parks
(GFP) staff has proposed to de-list the species, believing it's pop-
We will have our April meeting by Zoom. ulation distribution East River indicates sufficient recovery.
Topic: South Dakota's River Otters Once delisted, they will likely be trapped for fur. The SD GFP
Time: Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 6:30 PM MT Commission will consider whether to de-list otters on May 7th,
at a meeting in Custer State Park, SD (
Meeting ID: 952 8417 6781 mission/schedule/.) You can comment on the proposal in writing
Password: 040842 by midnight CT of May 3rd (
You can attend our Zoom meeting on-line with video and audio or in person at the meeting or by teleconference on the 7th. GFP
via this link: Commission plans to allow teleconference commenting at May meeting ( At our
FuOXB3aXhlSW1yS3JRdz09 Zoom meeting you can learn about the otters & SD GFP pro-
You can join in by phone for audio only: posed de-listing.
+1 253 215 8782 US Black Hills National Forest (BHNF) Update - The BHNF has
+1 301 715 8592 US admitted it is cutting the pine trees at a faster rate than they can
If you call in from New York, Houston, San Jose or Chicago replace themselves (this is illegal). You can comment on a draft
other numbers are needed. For help with the Zoom contact report on the issue by Friday May 1st, 2020 - see our web site.

To reduce mailing expenses & use of volunteer time, PHAS is trying to send as many announcements by e-mail as possible. Please help us keep
you informed by giving us your phone number and e-mail address. PHAS is run by volunteers. We are recruiting new Board members.

Prairie Hills Audubon Society (PHAS) is a Chapter of the National Audubon Society. Our territory is much of West River SD. Nancy Hilding -
President,, 605-787-6466 or 6779; Helen McGinnis - Treasurer,, Doris Respects Nothing -
Secretary,, MaryJo Farrington - Board member, 605- 716-2151; Jim Petersen - Board member,,
PHAS web site :, PHAS Facebook page:

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Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS

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