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See Gunnison sage-grouse

Mon, 21 Mar 2011

If watching the colorful strutting display of Gunnison sage-grouse sounds interesting, state wildlife biologists have an offer for you that might be hard to refuse. During the weekends of April 1?2 and April 15?16, they'll take small groups of people to see Gunnison sage-grouse strut on leks (breeding grounds) west of Monticello.

If you aren't able to attend the Utah Wildlife Board meetings, you can watch them later on this website.

During the winter of 1983?84, nearly half of the deer between Brigham City and the Wyoming border died. Following that winter loss, deer numbers slowly increased over the next decade until, once again, the winter of 1992?93 killed half of them. Since that time, deer numbers have stayed relatively low, increasing and decreasing largely in response to winter severity. The herd has yet to recover to its 1983 numbers.

Community fisheries provide a fun, easy way to spend quality time with family and friends outdoors. They offer a setting for parents and kids to talk, enhance family interaction, and keep busy Utahns in touch with the natural world.

If you recently moved near a foothill in Utah, don't be surprised if some of the plants in your garden disappear this spring. Gardens, yards and areas right next to roads are "deer magnets" in the spring.

Join the ranch curator at 10:00a.m. at the Fielding Garr Ranch for a moderate 9 mile hike of the South Island Trail discussing the island?s history that surrounds this trail. History includes Daddy Stump, Sodium Sulphate plant and early Island history. For more information call (801) 649-5742

In the northern Book Cliffs during the last five years, 62,700 acres of habitat have been treated by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and other partners. Most of these acres are in crucial deer summer and winter range.

Tundra Swan Day, March 12

Tue, 08 Mar 2011

The Division of Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host Utah's annual Tundra Swan Day on March 12, 2011. Admission is free.

The Legacy Nature Preserve is a 2,225-acre wildlife preserve on the southeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake. Established as environmental mitigation for the Legacy Parkway Project, the Preserve helps prevent encroachment of future development into this portion of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem by restoring a mosaic of different wetland and upland habitats that are important for a myriad of wildlife species, especially migratory birds.

Wildlife biologists and researchers estimate that vehicles may kill as many deer in Utah every year as hunters do. (During the 2009 hunting season, hunters took about 23,000 deer.) But it's the part of the population cars take that makes the difference.

Ranger-guided hikes are offered into the Fiery Furnace twice each day. These popular 2.5 to 3 hour hikes are moderately strenuous, requiring the occasional use of hands to scramble up and through narrow cracks and along narrow ledges above drop-offs.

If you want to hunt during the deer hunt, or during other big game hunts in Utah this fall, you need to get your application in soon. Your application must be received at no later than 11 p.m. on March 3, 2011 to be included in the draw for permits.

In early February, the Division of Wildlife Resources in partnership with the BLM, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, and Utah State University, captured and radio-collared 59 bison on the Henry Mountains.

PacifiCorp has teamed up with the BLM Moab office and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to assist in the preservation of the ferruginous hawk, a state-sensitive species.

You can see this spectacle yourself on Feb. 25, 26 and 27, 2011 at the annual Utah Snow Goose Festival. The festival will be held at and near Gunnison Bend Reservoir, just west of Delta. Admission is free.  

The Bureau of Land Management Utah and the Little Sahara Recreation Area would like to inform the public the Willard R. Fulmer Visitor Center is scheduled to re-open on February 13, 2011 and resume winter hours.

Join park staff for a moonlit, one-mile hike. Enjoy the unique opportunity to see the canyon by moon-glow! 8:00- 9:30 p.m., Fri, February 18 Events are free and open to the public. Space is limited; registration required.

Utah offers a wide variety of camping experiences from red rocks like Goblin Valley State Park to more alpine camping environments in northern Utah.  Reserve now online through the end of 2011.

Dean and Spencer Steele, both of Utah County, were originally charged with more than 20 counts for violating Utah's trapping regulations.

You can apply for a bear hunting or a bear pursuit permit starting Feb. 3 at To be included in the draw for permits, your application must be received through the website no later than 11 p.m. on Feb. 23.

On Feb. 12, 2011, you'll have a chance not only to see bald eagles, but to learn more about them. The Division of Wildlife Resources will hold its annual Utah Bald Eagle Day that day. Bald Eagle Day is free. You can see eagles at five locations across the state.

You can apply for a 2011 permit at starting Feb. 1. Your application must be received through the website no later than 11 p.m. on March 3 to be entered in the draw for permits. If you have questions or need help completing your application, please call any DWR office before 6 p.m. on March 3.

Denise Blyn, the festival's coordinator, says the St. George and Washington County area attract birders from across the West. "The area is a hot spot for wintering birds," she says.

While the DWR welcomes all the help it can get, supplemental deer feeding is usually not a good idea. Although it sounds like an act of kindness and may even help some animals get through the cold months, it can create major problems.

Bird feeding helps wildlife

Tue, 18 Jan 2011

Finding food in the winter can be a tough prospect for Utah's wild birds. During the late summer and fall, most birds leave Utah for warmer climes. Those that stay find a food supply that snow, long nights, below zero temperatures, storms and frost-forming inversion layers have severely reduced. Only birds capable of finding seeds, berries, dormant insects and other limited food sources can survive Utah's tough winters.

Largely undiscovered, Utah's Goosecks State Park offers some incredible scenery overlooking the Goosenecks of the San Juan River.

The James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center offers interactive exhibits, a wetland diorama and other displays featuring information on birds and wetlands of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem.

The BASH Winter Race Festival is a day full of racing on the snow! From the headlining National Winter Tri Championships to the Snowy Day 5K Run & Kid's Moon Boot Stomp there is something for everyone.

Cold ice means hot fishing

Mon, 10 Jan 2011

Catching fish in the winter doesn't require the skill needed to catch fish during other times of the year. If you drop your bait in front of the fish, the fish will probably take it.

On Jan. 4, 2011 the Utah Wildlife Board approved several bear hunting changes for Utah's 2011 seasons. All of the changes the board approved will be available in the 2011 Utah Black Bear Guidebook. The free guidebook should be available at during the week of Jan. 31, 2011.

Its that time of year again... brush off the dust from the ice huts and fill up the propane tanks...its time to go fishing. The 4th Annual Rockport Invitational Ice Fishing Derby is set for January 29th, 2011.

Utah State Parks and Recreation is stressing helmets, safety and education as part of Utah Snowmobile Safety Week, January 16 through 22 and throughout the snowmobile season. 

Join park staff for a 1.5-mile, round trip hike and the opportunity to explore the 'Winter Circle'-a bright pattern of stars adorning our cold January skies! 7:30-9:00 p.m., Fri., January 21 Events are free and open to the public. Space is limited; registration required. For more information, or to register for a program, contact park staff at (435) 628-2255.

Grand Teton National Park is recruiting participants for the 2011 Youth Conservation Program (YCP); the park plans to enroll 15-25 short-term positions.

For a small donation (or sponsorship) of $30, you will receive a sweatshirt and have the privilege of jumping into the freezing water at the Bear Lake State Park Marina. Costumes are welcome!

Hunter education instructors are volunteers. They are often well-established local citizens who can, and will, create local interest and involvement in the program.

Most of Utah's major roads pass through or travel along ranges deer and elk use in the winter. During the winter, deer and elk can be active throughout the day. But they're most active near dawn and dusk?exactly when visibility is at its worst.

Zion National Park is currently closed as a precaution due to rising river levels and potential flood damage to roads and infrastructure. The Zion Lodge and Watchman Campground in Zion Canyon are being evacuated to prevent the possibility of park visitors being trapped in the park by rising water levels.

They have been extinct for millions of years, but Utah dinosaurs are having a record breaking year. Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Utah Geological Survey (UGS), and Temple University announce the naming of the seventh dinosaur from BLM Utah in 2010. Geminiraptor suarezarum, found on BLM lands near Green River, UT, is the oldest reported ?raptor-like? troodontid dinosaur in North America (125 million years old).

A tip on the state's poaching hotline has allowed wildlife officers to break a major poaching ring in Utah. Even though officers are happy with the arrest, they say there's still a lot of work to do to curtail poaching in Utah. With only 48 patrol officers in the state, Wood says the DWR doesn't have the resources needed to catch everyone on its own.

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