Chipping Away At A Legacy

Dec. 8, 2004 — Each of us has a special passion in life. From hunting the biggest buck in the woods, to writing the premier Internet outdoor news column every week, to sharing a love of fishing with friends and family, many Americans are historically driven with some unique ambition and purpose for our time on Earth. Such is the case with an Arizona professor who has spent the past two decades deeply entrenched in the study of prairie dog dialects (yep, you read right!). In fact, he believes what sounds to the average human ear like “chip! yip! yip!” might actually mean, “Hey look! There’s a guy out there in a yellow shirt!”