Boreal Toad Update and Communicating Our Impact

Communicating Impact

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One of our goals at Wild Utah Project is to fill data gaps that provide the best outcomes for Utah's wildlife and habitats. Last year in partnership with conservation organizations, government agencies, and dedicated community science volunteers, we assessed wildlife presence along the wild-urban-interface in the Wasatch Front, conducted low-tech, process-based restoration on Utah's watersheds, and collected data that will help sustain and rehabilitate populations of sensitive native amphibians. Learn more about how we are working to create an enduring legacy for Utah's wildlife and wildlands in our 2018 Impact Report.

Update: Boreal Toads in Utah

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Because Utah's snow pack was way above average this year, we had to delay many of our amphibian and aquatic habitat surveys later into the summer. Despite this set-back, our conservation partners at Utah's Hogle Zoo, the Division of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Forest Service along with community science volunteers located 50 toads of multiple age classes at a site in Southern Utah.

We even found four toadlets at a site in Big Cottonwood Canyon that hasn't had confirmed boreal toad presence in many years. So far this year, over 20 community scientists have joined us on field surveys and more than 60 surveys have been conducted.

We are so thankful for our team of knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers. If you would like to join us, let us know by signing up!

Allison Jones