Wild About Utah

Our Winterless Winter on Wild About Utah

Feb 20, 2018
NOAA

Our winterless winter. I’ve been in this lovely valley over 30 years and have never experienced such a balmy January, and now February. The thaw began January first and never ended. As an avid cross country skier, I fear my days of low elevation skiing have ended over a month early.

Soundscapes on Wild About Utah

Feb 9, 2018
National Parks Service

Imagine yourself in your favorite place outside.  What sounds do you expect to hear?  The sound of water rushing over rocks? Crickets chirping? The wind softly blowing through the trees?  These are some of the natural sounds you might expect to hear, but it might not always work out that way.  

Utah Envirothon on Wild About Utah

Feb 2, 2018
Ron Hellstern

No matter where you live in the State of Utah, you are located in one of the 38 Conservation Districts managed by the Utah Conservation Commission. Each of those Districts sponsor and support a wonderful program for High School students called the Utah Envirothon (which simply means a marathon competition to understand Utah’s environments).

South Canyon Sage-Grouse on Wild About Utah

Jan 26, 2018
Nicki Frey

At 3:00 a.m. on a frigid winter morning Nicki Frey, an extension associate professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at USU, leads a group of new biologists who are trapping west of Bryce Canyon. 

PEHart via Visual hunt / CC BY-SA

Last Saturday 3 intrepid young families joined us for a morning with the Stokes Nature Center slipping and sliding along a canyon trail to discover animal and plant adaptations to survive the winter. 

Classroom In The Sky on Wild About Utah

Jan 12, 2018
Eric Newell

Edith Bowen third graders recently had the opportunity to visit the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City. The day was chock full of exciting activities meant to engage students’ senses and ground their understanding of core curriculum within the context of the place we were visiting. It was awareness we were after, using the semi-wild freshwater wetlands as a wellspring of imagination and thought.

Utah's Dark Skies on Wild About Utah

Jan 5, 2018
nps.gov

The night sky...throughout history humans have looked up after the sun set in the evening and marveled at the astral bodies spread above them in a sea of black. This sight has inspired people from every age of history and from every culture around the world.

Talking Dirt on Wild About Utah

Dec 1, 2017
sunnyvale.ca.gov

It’s time to talk dirt- and I’m not talking politics, but real, factual dirt! Of all our amazing planets ecosystems, there is one that rises above all others. It’s the one your home is standing on, the one you don’t want your kids to track in the house. By now you’ve probably guessed it!

Farewell Autumn on Wild About Utah

Nov 14, 2017
US Forest Service

Many people enjoy Autumn as their favorite season of the year. Temperatures are comfortable, most pesky insects are absent, animal migrations are evident, and beautiful Fall colors on the trees and shrubs are stunning. But why do these deciduous plants change color? Consider daylight, temperature, and chemistry.

The Urban Ecotone on Wild About Utah

Nov 14, 2017
blogs.va.gov

A small herd of deer bounded away over the manicured grounds of the Logan Cemetery, tumbled through its faux wrought-iron gateway, and hurdled across empty campus streets. I watched the deer disappear into alleyways between ocher-bricked University buildings, contemplating their explosion of wild life as my city woke to a quiet dawn.

Bryan Maloney

Along the bottom of the Weber River lives a genetically-distinct fish called the bluehead sucker. 

Its head is colored in dusty shades of blue, brown and gold.  From the gills to the tail the fish has a pattern of gold, diamond-shaped scales with dark brown borders, which grow larger and more distinct closer to the tail.

Third Graders & Kokanee Salmon on Wild About Utah

Oct 13, 2017

It’s a cool crisp morning as my Edith Bowen third graders disembark their mini buses at Cinnamon Creek Campground and sprint for the water’s edge. We’re here to witness an animalian rite of passage as old as evolutionary time: the Salmon Run.

Bird Brains on Wild About Utah

Sep 7, 2017
Naitonal Science Foundation

When I was a young lad being called “bird brain” was an indication that one was lacking in mental capacity.

Over the years I’ve come to question this connotation, and might even consider it a compliment. I suggest that quantity of this gray matter might be outweighed by quality.

Jereme Gaeta

In Bear Lake, there lives a small, bright blue eyed, bottom-dwelling fish species that may appear insignificant as it moves among the lake’s cobble areas.

The Zion Narrows on Wild About Utah

Sep 1, 2017
Department of Interior

Seventeen miles, and three potential swims. If those two descriptors aren’t deterrents, great scenery awaits those who hike the Zion Narrows from the top down into the main canyon. 

Josh Boling

It took all of Frank Clark’s seven steel-ball cartridges to bring down Old Ephraim, the infamous Grizzly Bear that, for many years in the early 20th century, plagued the shepherds of the Northern Wasatch Mountains. 

Mayfly Life Cycle on Wild About Utah

Jul 10, 2017
VisualHunt.com

It’s commonly believed that mayflies live for only one day. If you visit a cold, clear river in the spring or early summer, you might see what is known as a “mayfly hatch,” when millions of delicate, glassy insects suddenly appear on the surface of the water, take to the air, and then fall into the river later that day and apparently drown.

June Fireflies on Wild About Utah

Jun 23, 2017
nature.mdc.mo.gov

Most people are fascinated by unusual displays of light.  Meteor showers, solar eclipses, and the stunning Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are grandiose in scale and mesmerize onlookers.  But people are also enchanted with the small life-forms that create their own light.

Greater Sage-Grouse In Utah on Wild About Utah

Jun 16, 2017
Todd Black

Utah’s dry, sagebrush covered landscapes are home to one of North American’s largest grouse species, commonly known as the greater sage-grouse.

Conserving Water on Wild About Utah

Jun 9, 2017

Liquid water is essential to life as we know it on planet Earth.  With rising temperatures ahead, our water resources are critical to us all.  Whether nations contain hot-desert areas or not, the appropriate management of water is essential.  In fact, life-sustaining water is literally far more important and valuable than oil.  

Utah State University Special Collections and Archives.

 

If you’ve ever hiked or driven up Green Canyon near the City of North Logan, you’ve probably noticed the dried-up streambed. It wasn’t always dry, however. In fact, if you turn back the pages of history you’ll find water, and the story of why the stream no longer flows.

Water-Liquid Life on Wild About Utah

May 26, 2017
Cottonwoods Heights City

It’s springtime in the Rockies, and Utah’s northern rivers are engorged with liquid life - and have been for what seems like months now. After a winter of record snowfall, the spring heat and a miniature monsoon season have raised our local waters to levels not seen in decades. 

Bird Benefits on Wild About Utah

May 10, 2017
Ron Hellstern

Birds may not be as exciting as certain athletic events or blockbuster films, but have you ever considered the many benefits they provide to ecosystems and humans? They control insect and rodent populations; they eat weed seeds; they pollinate crops, flowers, fruits. They are a major food source, consider chickens, turkeys, game birds, water fowl, as well as their eggs. 

US FWS, Steve Hillebrand

Beginning as early as the 17th century, beavers have struggled to find safe places to build their homes. Initially, hunters trapped beaver extensively to keep up with the popular beaver fashions in Europe.Then as settlers began moving west, they considered the beavers annoying because of their tendency to cause flooding and damage trees – so the trapping continued.

The Passion Of Penstemaniacs on Wild About Utah

Mar 10, 2017
Dr. Tom Edwards

Penstemaniacs, the name affectionately given to members of the American Penstemon Society, will be gathering from all parts of the world to meet in Vernal, Utah, this June. 

While here, they'll be searching the Uinta Mountains for penstemons native to that area.    

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