Citizen Science

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 FIELD TRIPS - 2017/2018 FIELD SEASONS

Photo credit: UDWR

Photo credit: UDWR

          October 05, 2017,               & Continuing in 2018

Building 'Beaver Dam Analogues' in the Sheeprocks

This past spring we brought a group of Citizen Scientists to the Sheeprock Mountains of central Utah to assess the current state of function of a degraded section of Vernon Creek, before installation of 'beaver dam analogues' to repair this degradation, and ready the stream for beaver reintroduction.  On Oct 5 we will return with volunteers to help the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources build these man-made beaver dams. For more details and to sign up register here

 
photo credit:  Adam Brewerton

photo credit:  Adam Brewerton

June 29th and July 27th, 2017

Salt Lake Open Space Bat Monitoring

Join us as we, along with Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Utah Bat Conservation Cooperative, and the Salt Lake City Open Space Program, and The Nature Conservancy monitor the use of newly installed bat boxes in Parley's Nature Park. We will be monitoring bat diversity and activity using acoustic equipment and supporting trained wildlife biologists in mist-netting of bats. For more information and to sign up for either or both 'bat nights', register here

Photo credit: Austin Green

Photo credit: Austin Green

Beginning in Spring 2018     

Mammal Camera Trapping in the Central Wasatch

The Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology Lab at the University of Utah and Wild Utah Project, in collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Utah, are developing a new citizen science program where individuals have the opportunity to maintain and monitor motion-sensing camera traps 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. To learn more about this project in development and how you can get involved register here

Photo credit: UDWR

Photo credit: UDWR

Continuing in 2018

Central Wasatch Aquatic Habitat Assessments

Join us this spring (Date TBD) for the 'expert citizen scientist' training hosted at the Hogle Zoo. 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. Sign up here