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Boulder, Colorado: Forced Prairie Dog Preserve

The preserve occupies a 15-acre field next to the Celestial Seasonings factory, which was caught poisoning the prairie dogs and then had to protect them to clean up its image.

Celestial Seasonings

Gunbarrel Ave., Boulder, CO
Northeast of town. From Boulder take Hwy 119/Longmont Diagonal past the airport and turn right onto Jay Rd. Drive one mile, then turn left at the light onto Spine Rd. Drive one mile, then turn left onto Gunbarrel Ave.
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Forced Prairie Dog Preserve

They've put up a fence. We only saw one prairie dog, but it was pretty hot out.

[Mel Day, 08/18/2023]
Forced Prairie Dog Preserve

The [Celestial Seasonings sign with the prairie dog silhouette] is no longer there, but you can see lots of prairie dogs in the prairie around the factory.

[Lohr, 01/12/2021]

Celestial Seasonings prairie dog town.

Forced Prairie Dog Preserve

The prairie dog town is right by the Celestial Seasonings factory.

[Roger Crook, 10/10/2017]

Prairie Dog Park.

Prairie Dog Preserve

This prairie dog preserve is the field in the front yard of the Celestial Seasonings factory (the tea company). It has signs explaining the that it's a "Prairie Park" and asking people to have their dogs refrain from chasing the prairie dogs.

History: In spring of 1999. Celestial Seasonings was caught poisoning prairie dogs on its property during the night (Prairie dog removal is controversial in Boulder. You now have to make an honest effort to "move" the colony live, rather than euthanize them when developing property). Rocky Mountain Animal Defense announced a boycott of Celestial's products when this happened. They met with the company and lifted the boycott when they reached an agreement with Celestial Seasonings to provide permanent protection for this 15-20 acre field that represents one-third of the remaining privately held prairie dog colonies in Boulder.

[Laura Bloom, 11/22/2006]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory TourCelestial Seasonings Tea Factory Tour, Boulder, CO - < 1 mi.
Home Inspection MuseumHome Inspection Museum, Boulder, CO - < 1 mi.
Shelby Race Car MuseumShelby Race Car Museum, Boulder, CO - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Coors Plant Tours, Golden, CO - 21 mi.

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