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
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 we returned later in the summer to help install the 'beaver dam analogues' to repair this degradation, and ready the stream for beaver reintroduction. Next year we will go back to re-survey the stream and riparian zone with the same protocol to see if the "post BDA data" shows improvement in stream conditions compared to the "pre-BDA data" Check back on this page in early 2018 to see how to sign up!
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
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