Science in Service of Wildlife in 2018
As we embark on the new year, we are so grateful for the support we received throughout 2018. With the assistance and encouragement of agency and nonprofit partners, amazing volunteers, and generous donors, we have worked together to accomplish so much during the past year.
Year one of the Wasatch Wildlife Watch was a huge success thanks to the support of our partners, donors, and over 300 dedicated volunteers. The Project is one of the most successful community science projects on the books! This data collection effort on wildlife of the Wasatch Range will continue for years to come and will help inform local management and planning.
The Stream and Riparian Restoration Program keeps making new friends! Along with new agency and non-profit partners, restoration (beaver dam analogues) improved habitat on more of Utah’s streams.
The Rapid Stream-Riparian Assessment continues to support restoration goals across the state and region. In 2018, dozens of biologists, resource managers, and volunteers were trained, conducted surveys, and collected critical baseline condition data throughout Utah before riparian restoration efforts proceeded.
The Boreal Toad and Aquatic Habitat Assessment Project celebrated 5 years! The long-term study has been supported by our dedicated volunteers and continues to foster information on Utah’s aquatic habitats and amphibians. These efforts will help inform both future state-wide boreal toad surveys, and determine best habitats for potential reintroduction sites.
Wild Utah Project Grew! In 2018 Janice Gardner, Conservation Ecologist, and Kim Howes, Development Director, joined the team. Their expertise allowed the team to finish strong in 2018.
In 2018, Wild Utah Project supported wildlife projects alongside nearly 20 agency and non-profit partners. We are truly proud of these collaborative efforts and we look forward to reaffirming these collaborations and establishing new partnerships to conserve even more wildlife and precious habitat in 2019.
All the best for a happy New Year!
The Wild Utah Project Team