Black rosy-finches are one of the least understood birds in North America. Together with partners, Tracy Aviary, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Utah State University, we have been awarded a grant to study this mysterious bird and ensure it is conserved for the future.
We'd like to thank our friends at the Patagonia Outlet Salt Lake City for inviting us to present data from the 2018 Wasatch Wildlife Watch field season. Along with our partners from the University of Utah Biodiversity and Ecology Lab, Salt Lake City Trails and Natural Lands, and the Natural History Museum of Utah, we are gearing up for the upcoming field season!
Community Science Volunteer Spotlight
Steve Van Winkle is a devoted volunteer supporting our Amphibian and Aquatic Assessment program. Last year, he monitored both Silver Lake and Silver Glance Lake in American Fork Canyon, hiking nearly 6 miles over a 2,000 foot elevation gain each trip.
Steve credits his love of hiking and the outdoors to his grandfather, and throughout his life, he has found ways to enjoy this passion both professionally and personally. Before retirement, Steve worked as a biology teacher in Idaho and helped create curriculum for Project Wild, an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife.
Now that he’s retired, Steve has volunteered for a wildlife organization in Kenya and is looking forward to volunteering in Costa Rica later this year. He enjoys sharing is love of the outdoors with his 20 grandchildren while spending time snowshoeing, fishing, and hiking.
We are so thankful for our robust team of knowledgeable and dedicated community science volunteers.