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Desert Reptile Awareness

Mon, 26 Apr 2010

Are you aware that Southern Utah has the greatest number of reptiles in the state because of its diverse plant communities? Join Ann McLuckie, Wildlife Biologist, on a morning hike in desert tortoise habitat and look for signs of reptiles! Also, learn about their unique desert adaptations during an evening slideshow.

Big brown trout on the Weber

Mon, 26 Apr 2010

"Fishing is better than it's been in years," says Paul Thompson. Thompson should know. In addition to serving as the Northern Region aquatics manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, he fishes the Weber River regularly. "I've caught several brown trout in the 18- to 20-inch range this spring. And the mountain whitefish numbers have rebounded in reaches that were hit hard by the drought a couple of years ago," Thompson says.

The biggest Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) in the state is getting underway for the south end of Salt Lake County. The plan, aimed at reducing risks from wildfires, will cover roughly ten miles along the benches and canyons of the Wasatch Front from Big Cottonwood Canyon to Alpine Ridge. The plan will be prepared by a citizen-based committee with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, U.S. Forest Service and Salt Lake Unified Fire Authority as technical advisors.

How to Prune a Shrub

Thu, 15 Apr 2010

Watch the video from the Utah Extension Service.

Five Regional Advisory Council meetings will be held across Utah on April 27. Citizens representing the RACs will take the input received to the Utah Wildlife Board. Board members will use your input to set permit numbers for this fall's hunts.

Utah Prehistory Week is a great time to discover archaeology at Edge of the Cedars Museum. Our annual Four Corners Indian Art Market (Sat., May 1, 9:30 am-6 pm) kicks off the week with traditional arts and crafts, as well as a National Park Service kids' tent with atlatl throwing, rock art activities, and more.

Mike Ottenbacher, regional aquatic manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the ice has melted off several reservoirs in southern Utah. And it will be melting soon at many others.

Bryce Canyon National Park's first annual Utah Prairie Dog Day will take place Friday, April 30, 2010 concluding with an evening ranger program at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, "Prairie Dogs & Other Cool Critters."

You can see and learn more about the goats at a free wildlife-viewing event. The event will be held Saturday, April 10. Free activities for children are also part of the event.

These are suggested vegetable planting dates for an average year along the Wasatch Front. Of course, each season has its own unique weather conditions.

Watch the sage-grouse strut

Fri, 19 Mar 2010

The Division of Wildlife Resources and the Wild Bird Center of Layton will sponsor the free field trip on March 27. If you'd like to participate, meet at the Wild Bird Center of Layton at 5 a.m. From the center, those participating will caravan to an area near East Canyon Reservoir. Participants should dress for the weather and bring their binoculars.

With the longer days and warmer weather, many of you will change gears from snowmobiles, snow skiing, and other winter outdoor activities to ATVs (OHVs), boats and personal watercraft, travel trailers, and other related outdoor activities. It is a good time to assess insurance needs for the personal property you own, rent, or may borrow in your enjoyment of these activities.

The USGS has produced this new series of videos, now on YouTube, that feature the desert tortoise, a native to southwestern Utah.

Samples from big game animals taken this past hunting season turned up something never seen in Utah before - an elk with chronic wasting disease.

Utah cowboys can be among the first in the nation to use the Internet to renew or apply for a livestock brand or earmark. The traditional 5-year renewal cycle for livestock brands is currently under way. This ritual has been part of the Utah West since the 1860's.

Community fisheries in Utah

Wed, 10 Mar 2010

This new map helps you explore community fisheries across the state of Utah.

Your neighbor won't be catching and keeping venomous snakes in his house, at least not legally. At their March 4 meeting in Salt Lake City, members of the Utah Wildlife Board voted against a proposal that would have allowed people to collect and keep Great Basin rattlesnakes.

Great new publication from the Utah Travel Council takes you around some of the state of Utah's most scenic drives.

"Our spring field trip season is coming up fast," says Justina Parsons-Bernstein, Great Salt Lake Nature Center director. "We're looking for people to help us run field trips, workshops and nature tours. These activities happen during the day. They're a lot of fun."

Tundra Swan Day, March 13

Wed, 03 Mar 2010

The Division of Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host Utah's annual Tundra Swan Day on March 13, 2010. Admission is free. Viewing will take place at three sites?the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area west of Farmington, the Salt Creek WMA west of Corinne and the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge west of Brigham City.

Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Steven Holcomb of Park City ended Team USA?s 62-year gold medal drought in Olympic bobsled by driving to victory in the four-man event Feb. 27 at Whistler Sliding Centre.

The UDWR, the Department of Natural Resources and Utah State University Extension have worked to engage local communities and land owners in implementing conservation actions identified in the plan to conserve the Gunnison and greater sage-grouse species and their natural habitats.

An outdoor fair for kids

Mon, 01 Mar 2010

Kids can catch fish, learn about predators and find out how to ride an ATV safely at this year's DNR Youth Outdoor Sports Fair. The sports fair is part of the upcoming International Sportsmen's Exposition. The expo will be held March 18 to March 21,2010 at the South Towne Exposition Center, 9575 S. State in Sandy. The cost to attend the exposition, which includes the youth fair, is $12 for adults. Kids 15 years of age or younger can attend for free.

Bacterial pneumonia, which has been raising havoc with bighorn sheep herds in other Western states, has found another set of victims on Goslin Mountain in northeastern Utah.

A team of paleontologists from Dinosaur National Monument, Brigham Young University, and the University of Michigan has announced the discovery of a new, large, plant-eating dinosaur, Abydosaurus mcintoshi, (pronounced Ab-id-o-saurus mak-in-toshi). The discovery is described this week in the on-line first section of the science journal Naturwissenschaften.

Join the Park Naturalist from 10 a.m. to noon to learn more about the lives of local wildlife. Program is free and everyone is welcome. Plan on spending some time outdoors. Snowshoes are available for rent if needed. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

Even if you're not going to hunt big game in Utah this fall, you can increase the chance you'll be chasing big game in the future by applying for a bonus point or a preference point. You can apply for a point at until 11 p.m. on March 8.

As many at 10,000 snow geese congregate each year at Gunnison Bend Reservoir near Delta. The annual Delta Snow Goose Festival attracts hundreds of people each year to see these pure white geese with black wing tips. This year the DWR will set up a camera at the festival and feed live video of the birds over the Internet.

It's a sight you have to see to believe: thousands of pure white snow and Ross' geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir amid honks and the beating of wings.

To make sure this activity is done safely, the Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing several changes to the state law that governs it.

Upheaval Dome in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, is a colorful circular "belly button," unique among the broad mesas and deep canyons of the Colorado Plateau. The rim of Upheaval Dome is 3 miles across and over 1000 feet above the core floor. The central peak in the core is 3000 feet in diameter and rises 750 feet from the floor.

A newly-published report describes the discovery of two new prehistoric rodents in Utah. The report also identifies two fossil rodents and a rabbit previously known from other states. All are from a site near Sevier in central Utah.

Growing a vegetable garden can be fun and rewarding and is a great family activity. There is nothing like a ripe vine tomato or other fresh produce. Learn from experts how to prepare and take care of your garden and fruit trees in Utah.

The dam has been repaired, and fisheries biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) have stocked smallmouth bass and tiger muskie into this reservoir located in the desert north of Gusher.

Forty-two bighorn sheep were released at two sites along the Little Hole Road below Flaming Gorge Reservoir on Jan. 26.

Nestled in the northwestern corner of Kane County is a geologically unique feature that receives few visitors. Although most people in Utah have seen caves and waterfalls, it is peculiar for a waterfall to emerge from a cave system.

 Forty bison will soon have a new home in northeastern Utah.  The Division of Wildlife Resources captured the bison on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 on the Henry Mountains in southeastern Utah.

Three areas that are popular places to pursue bears with dogs should be quieter this summer. On Jan. 6, the Utah Wildlife Board approved bear pursuit changes on the Book Cliffs, San Juan and La Sal units in eastern Utah.

The Utah Department of Natural Resources operates two public shooting ranges, the Cache Valley Range in Logan and the Lee Kay Range in Salt Lake City.  Services include archery, handgun, rifle, and hunter education.

This one day event has speakers throughout the day on a variety of topics as well as demonstrations and vendors.  Contact Craig Allen for more information at  Speakers include Dr. Evans and other USU faculty.

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