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Rapid City event highlights sage grouse, black-footed ferrets as endangered species

RAPID CITY (AP) -- Presentations in Rapid City on black-footed ferrets and sage grouse are highlighting the 6th Annual Endangered Species Day celebration on Friday evening.

According to media reports, the event at the Outdoor Campus West is sponsored by several environmental groups and is free and open to the public.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Terry Quesinberry will discuss federally listed endangered, threatened and candidate species in South Dakota. His presentation will include the black-footed-ferret reintroduction program in South Dakota and other states.

Following an intermission and awards, Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist Chuck Berdan will discuss the greater sage grouse and efforts to protect the species.

The event begins at 5:15 p.m. MDT with dinner, followed by a program at 6:15 p.m.