Wild Utah Project offers unique hands-on experiences to volunteers and interns involving the gathering and application of wildlife research data. We engage citizens in the field to collect and fill data gaps for species and associated habitats, as well as to support wildlife science and policy programs in contribution to positive outcomes for wildlife and habitat management. We also engage students at various levels of education and adult learners of all ages. We arrange field trips for high school environmental studies programs, which assist in data collection for our ongoing research efforts. We offer work to college interns, which provides course credits and research support for thesis projects. Wild Utah Project Internships for recent graduates allow for real world experience on meaningful actions for wildlife and the environment as interns begin their careers in science and/or management fields.
CITIZEN SCIENCE - 2018 FIELD SEASON
Rapid Stream Riparian Assessment training
June 13-17th 2018
Join us at Hardware Ranch, outside of Logan, Utah to receive a formal training on the Rapid Stream Riparian Assessment protocol. We'll be learning how this stream and riparian assessment method is well suited to collect 'pre Beaver Dam Analogue' conditions at Hardware Ranch streams, before we return later in the summer to help build BDAs to improve degraded conditions. For more information and to get involved register here:
Building 'Beaver Dam Analogues'
May 18th 2018
Last spring Wild Utah Project Citizen Scientists and UDWR biologists assessed the function of a degraded section of Vernon Creek in the Sheeprock Mountains of Central Utah, before installing 'beaver dam analogues' to repair this degradation. We did not finish building all the BDAs last year and are returning May 18 to finish the job. To participate, register here:
Mammal Camera Trapping in the Central Wasatch
April - August 2018
The Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology Lab at the University of Utah and Wild Utah Project, in collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Utah and Salt Lake City Parks and Public Lands, are developing a new citizen science program where volunteers can take ownership of a field site by maintaining and monitoring a motion-sensing camera in the Central Wasatch, assist with animal identification photos, and contribute to an online database in an effort to fill critical data gaps in our understanding of native wildlife populations along the Wild-Urban-Interface. Participants must attend a formal training on April 28th at the Natural History Museum of Utah. To participate, register here:
Boreal Toad Surveys/Aquatic Habitat Assessments
April - August 2018
Join us on April 26th for the 'expert citizen scientist' training hosted by our Hogle Zoo partners. The field season (late April-September), gives citizen scientists the opportunity to make site visits that best fit their personal schedules. This project continues to be applicable to state-wide efforts to better understand aquatic habitats and amphibian indicator species through collaboration with Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, U.S. Forest Service, Utah Geologic Survey, and the Hogle Zoo. To participate, register here: