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Flaming Gorge aquatics leader, Ryan Mosley says rainbow trout were well represented in the nets used to conduct an annual fisheries survey. Many of the rainbows pushed 20 inches in length. They weighed about three pounds each.

See California condors

Wed, 09 Jun 2010

On June 19, 2010, the Division of Wildlife Resources will host its annual California condor viewing event. Dubbed "The Day of the Condor," the free event runs from 8 a.m. to noon at an area 21 miles north of Virgin, Utah. 

The 2010 Japanese beetle treatment program in Orem is scheduled to take place on one day, June 9, and targets just 46 acres of lawn and open space in Central Orem. This year?s program targets a much smaller treatment area following the discover of only five (5) male beetles last year. This represents a 95% reduction from the previous year.

Art City Days this year is June 5th to 12th 2010. The 2010 theme is "On the Road Again".

Strawberry Reservoir contains four major fishing areas including the Strawberry Basin, Meadows Basin (sometimes referred to Indian Creek Bay), the Narrows, and Soldier Creek Basin.

The USDA-ARS Bee Biology & Systematics Laboratory and Utah State University Cooperative Extension have collaborated to create this first-time pollinator workshop for the public. It will be held June 25, 2010, on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, UT starting at 8:00 am MST.

For the first time in 24 years, you might feel a rainbow trout tugging on your fishing line at Bear Lake. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will stock about 5,000 rainbows into the lake on May 25, 2010. About 5,000 additional rainbows will be stocked before the July 4 weekend.

Divers have found what appears to be a live adult quagga mussel in Sand Hollow Reservoir. The reservoir is about eight miles southwest of Hurricane in southern Utah. "After the divers made the discovery, two aquatic invasive species (AIS) biologists confirmed that the mussel appeared to be an adult quagga mussel," says Douglas Messerly, regional supervisor for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Most of Utah's antlerless big game hunting permits are taken in the state's antlerless draw. You can apply for a permit starting June 1, 2010 at or by calling the nearest DWR office. To get your application in the draw for permits, you must submit it through the Web site no later than 11 p.m. on June 17, 2010. Applications will be accepted over the phone until 6 p.m. on June 17, 2010.

If you're looking for a fun activity that's close to home and doesn't cost much, mark June 5, 2010 on your calendar. June 5, 2010 is Free Fishing Day in Utah. You won't need a fishing license to fish in the state that day.

The DWR, the Stonefly Society of the Wasatch and Utah Trout Unlimited are offering a reward of up to $7,000 to the person who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who put the bass in the reservoir. Biologists have found white bass in the Provo River above Deer Creek Reservoir.

Captured on the Henry Mountains in January, the 40 bison had spent the past four months in the comfy corrals at Antelope Island State Park. Drivers with the Division of Wildlife Resources had to negotiate high winds and a series of rain, sleet and snow storms to get the bison to the release site on the edge of the roadless area in the Book Cliffs.

The Division of Wildlife Resources has launched a new online Mussel-Aware Boater program. In addition to teaching a simple clean, drain and dry process you must follow to keep mussels out of Utah, the program should reduce the time you and other boaters have to spend in line before officials allow you to launch your boat.

In the past few weeks, the ice has melted off all of the lower elevation waters in the basin, including Starvation, Steinaker, Big Sandwash, Brough, Red Fleet and Pelican Lake. Even waters as high in elevation as lakes on Diamond Mountain and Flaming Gorge Reservoir are free of ice. Most of these waters have trout in them. And the trout have responded to the warmer weather. Anglers are enjoying excellent fishing.

Solider Hollow's Gold Course has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the site of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship! It will be the first USGA Championship conducted in the state of Utah..

Spring Gardening Tips

Wed, 28 Apr 2010

With warmer weather comes an array of questions about yard and garden care, including when to spray apple trees, if and when to apply lawn fertilizer and lawn insect control, and general timing of gardening tasks.

Fishing that will keep your kids excited?and you pulling fish out of the water from the comfort of your lawn chair?is about to begin at Scofield Reservoir. Ice-off is a great time to catch rainbows from the shore at Scofield. Tabatha and her dad show the rainbow trout they caught at the reservoir in May 2008. Scofield is one of Utah's best trout fishing waters. And it's less than two hours from the Wasatch Front.

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.

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