Rattlesnake researcher Bryon Shipley and the Plains Conservation Center used GeoEye satellite imagery along with radio transmitters to track rattlesnakes in Colorado. The imagery was used in conjunction with radio transmitters in order to determine the effects of prairie dogs on local reptile and amphibian populations. Surgically implanted radio transmitters tracked the movement of several male and female rattlesnakes over the course of two years, comparing the movement with prairie dog activities and rattlesnake utilization of rodent burrows. See more...

Hey Plains Center Folks!

What if the Plains Center earned a penny every time you searched the internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can! is a new Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half of its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up! is a new online shopping mall which donates up to 37% of each purchase to your favorite cause! Hundreds of great stores including Target, Gap, Best Buy, Ebay, Macy's, and Barnes&Noble have teamed up to GoodShop and every time you place an order, you will be supporting your favorite cause!

Just go to and be sure to enter the Plains Conservation Center as the charity you want to support. Be sure to spread the good word!

Tudi Arneill, Executive Director

They're Here!

The bison have arrived at our West Bijou site and we couldn't be more excited! Check out these pictures from their arrival!

36 cows and 3 bulls make a happy herd!

Many thanks to Ray and Debbie Thiemann of Prairie Ridge Buffalo Ranch! Your animals are beautiful!

Expanding our facilities.........

We have added a YURT to our education complex. This indoor space will help out in the colder months of the year, providing a unique classroom setting. Stay tuned for pictures!

Up and running

Check out the Student Resources!

Phylis Hyndman




Dave Showalter

Visitors Welcome

We welcome drop-in visitors Monday – Saturday year-round. Monday - Saturday hours are 8 am - 4 pm, no admission fee.  Reserved programs will be offered year-round, please see “Calendar of Events & Activities” for upcoming programs.   



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