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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.

Snowshoeing is a great winter activity for all ages. Join the Park Naturalist at from 10 a.m. to noon to learn the basics and the benefits of snowshoeing. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow some from the park. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

Date: Jan 2, 2010 Location: Scofield Madsen Bay Boat RampTime: Checkin from 7:00 to 7:30 amRegistration: call 435-687-2491

Join members of the Wasatch Audubon Society in their annual bird count/survey of bird species on Antelope Island and along the causeway. Group will be meeting at the park entrance station at 8 a.m. Be sure to bring binoculars, scopes and weather appropriate clothing. For more information, please call (801) 721-9569.

The Wildlife Services website has been redesigned to provide the best service possible to its many customers.  The site is one of the most visited sites on and today it gets even better!

Federal and State agencies are recruiting now for wildland firefighting positions that begin in May 2010. The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and the Utah Division Forestry, Fire and State Lands are looking for wildland firefighters for next year?s fire season. Applications are available online.

Those who prefer to get their information on Facebook can now follow the Utah State Parks to get the latest videos, information, and events.  Recent subscribers even won prizes like custom golfballs from Soldier Hollow!

Explore the history and natural beauty within Utah's state parks.  Get the official word on the parks from the Utah Department of Natural Resources.

Join Heather Finlayson, Curator, for a behind the scenes tour of our paleontology laboratory. This is a wonderful opportunity to view areas of the museum not normally open to the public. The tour will cover how to prepare fossils, and include a demonstration of the tools and techniques for cleaning and conserving fossils.

"Each of the bulls was killed illegally and then left to rot," says Ben Riley. "Each one that was lost means fewer hunting opportunities for hunters and fewer chances to see these bulls while camping and hiking." "We need the public's help to catch the people who killed these animals" If you have information, please call Casey Mickelsen at (435) 820-6010. You are not have to give him your name.

See hundreds of wild elk

Mon, 14 Dec 2009

You can take a sleigh ride that gets you close to as many as 600 wild elk. The rides are available four days a week at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area.

By a 4-to-2 vote, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a recommendation to shorten Utah's general rifle buck deer hunt from nine days to five days for hunters who are 19 years of age or older on Aug. 21. (Aug. 21 is the first day of the state's 2010 general archery buck deer hunt.)

Willard Bay State Park hosts Fantasy at the Bay, a drive-through holiday light display November 24 through December 31. Display hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. nightly and admission is $7 per vehicle. Utah State Parks Annual Passes are not valid during light display hours.

Season parking passes for the Monte Cristo Snowmobile Trailhead are available for $50.

"Come home for Christmas" to the Iron Mission State Park for a celebration of the season and pioneer heritage. The cost for this trip back in time is just $3.00 per family but the memory of Christmas at the Homestead will last a lifetime. Call (435) 586-9290.

On Nov. 25, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources released a northern river otter into the Provo River between Jordanelle and Deer Creek reservoirs. (This stretch of the river is commonly referred to as the "middle Provo.")

Earlier this month, biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) released 20 desert bighorn sheep into the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. The sheep were captured by Nevada Department of Wildlife biologists near Lake Mead in southern Nevada.

Utah law requires youth, ages eight to 16 to complete the Utah State Parks and Recreation Know Before You Go! snowmobile education course before operating on public lands, roads or trails.

This is the near-final draft of the 2010 Utah Fishing Guidebook. This draft may contain errors and is subject to change. If you download the draft edition, please make sure that you download the final edition of the guidebook when it is available. The final edition of the guidebook will be available online by Tuesday, December 1, 2009.

Some of the best citizen science opportunities involve birds. Come and learn about some great upcoming citizen science projects as well as the basics of birds and bird watching. This program is geared towards individuals, families, scout groups and anyone interested in getting more involved in something great.

Swans stopping in Utah

Wed, 18 Nov 2009

The DWR usually flies its weekly swan surveys on Tuesday mornings. You can stay updated on where the swans are by logging onto the DWR's Web site at

The festival begins on Friday evening, Nov. 20, at the Moab Information Center. The center is at the corner of Center and Main streets in Moab. At 7 p.m., Justin Shannon, regional wildlife manager for the DWR, will present a PowerPoint program about bighorn sheep ecology and their life history. Shannon did his graduate thesis on this very topic.

Movie Night at the Museum

Mon, 09 Nov 2009

Come join the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum and the Uintah Recreation District for our 3rd annual "Movie Night at the Museum". We will be showing the family film "Night at the Museum:Battle for the Smithsonian." The event is free, but tickets are required and can be picked up in advance at the Uintah Community Center. The movie times are 5:45 PM and 8:00 PM.

On Oct. 24, a bunch of volunteers assembled behind the Archway Inn in Moab. The team was armed with shovels, water buckets and a lot of determination.Their mission? Plant more than 2,000 native plants at the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve, which was ravaged by fire last fall.

Iron Mission Days

Thu, 05 Nov 2009

7 Nov 2009 - 11 Nov 2009 A celebration of Cedar City's birthday and pioneer heritage. Saturday the 7th - Special community day of living history/pioneer craft demonstrations, family Hand-cart Pull, guided tour of historic Cedar City cemetery,10:00-5:00

Orem, Utah ? The numbers of Japanese beetles in Orem have nearly been reduced to zero following three years of intense treatment by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) and remarkable public participation.

Youth OHV Education Course

Wed, 04 Nov 2009

  The online youth OHV education course fee is $30 per student and must be passed only once.  The certification covers ATVs, off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) and side-by-side ATVs (type II ATVs or UTVs).

In June, Division of Wildlife Resources biologists collected about 64,000 eggs from female Colorado River cutthroat trout in Duck Fork Reservoir. Then they used milt from male cutthroats to fertilize the eggs on site before taking the eggs to the Fountain Green State Fish Hatchery. Hatchery workers used the fertilized eggs to raise about 30,000 three-inch-sized fish.

Ghost fish in Steinaker?

Mon, 02 Nov 2009

Anglers are raising their eyebrows at Steinaker Reservoir. "What is this fish I just caught?" many of them are asking. "It looks like a ghost. Is it radioactive?!" 

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