At Wild Utah Project, we value the use of science-based information in making decisions affecting wildlife. We conduct original research and field monitoring for at-risk wildlife species. We also engage in landscape-level planning processes to ensure that wildlife corridors, migration routes, and habitat connections are identified, maintained, and improved.
We partner with non-profit conservation organizations, academia, and governmental agency partners to provide the much-needed data to inform science-based wildlife management and conservation decisions. We share our findings with the community through reports, presentations, peer-reviewed research publications, and professional conferences.
We are unique among conservation organizations in offering hands-on experience for fellow community members. Leveraging community science volunteers in collecting data is a win-win for local stakeholders and resource management agencies alike. We believe that when individuals are engaged in science-based data collection in their community, they become life-long stewards of wildlife and habitat conservation.
We provide individuals from all backgrounds training in scientific methods and protocols that enabled them to contribute to existing data and overall knowledge about native species and their habitats. Without community scientists, projects like the Wasatch Wildlife Watch, Riparian and Stream Restoration, and Amphibian and Aquatic Habitat Assessments would not be possible. These data community scientists collect are provided to our partners at Utah’s government agencies who use this critical information to create policy that directly benefits our natural resources.
Wild Utah Project values policy that is driven by science. We advocate for the use of best-available science to decision makers and planners in order to achieve the most informed management practices for conserving Utah’s native wildlife, especially species at risk for population declines, habitat loss and degradation, and extinction.
We advocate for wildlife science by engaging with state and federal resource managers in working groups, serving on technical advisory committees, and through other resource management cooperatives. By being at the table with fundamental conservation science principles, providing up-to-date scientific literature, and assisting with filling data gaps, we strive to conserve Utah’s native wildlife.