Wildlife Science

Wild Utah Project undertakes fieldwork and monitoring efforts, conducts, and publishes original peer-reviewed research studies to fill known data gaps and support informed agency management decisions affecting wildlife and associated habitat in Utah.  We also engage in landscape-level planning processes in Utah to ensure that wildlife corridors, migration routes, and habitat connections are identified, maintained, and improved where needed. We strive to provide novel studies, existing literature, and GIS support to aid management and planning processes for wildlife and their associated habitats habitats (see most current examples below: 1] bighorn sheep/alpine plant communities, 2] beaver/riparian corridors, 3] boreal toads/alpine aquatic habitats, 4] wide-ranging predators/indicators of connected landscapes and functioning wildlife corridors, and 5] sage-grouse/sagebrush-steppe ecosystems).

 

Photo: Howie Garber  

Photo: Howie Garber

 

We are currently working with US Forest Service (USFS) as we identify impacts of non-native mountain goats on rare alpine plant communities in Utah, and study whether bighorn sheep are the better option for introductions into 'vacant' alpine habitats.

 
Photo credit: Howie Garber  

Photo credit: Howie Garber

 

We have a long history of working with fellow conservation organizations in Utah and the Intermountain West to advocate for science based management of wide-ranging predators, such as lynx, wolves, black bear, cougar and coyotes.

Photo credit: UDWR  

Photo credit: UDWR

 

In collaborations with Utah State University and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) we are working to assess degraded stream/riparian areas in Utah, and ascertain which locations have the potential to benefit from beaver recolonization or reintroductions.

 
Photo credit: UDWR  

Photo credit: UDWR

 

Over the past several years, we have conducted sage-grouse habitat suitability studies, and various habitat monitoring efforts to inform wildlife and land-use management decisions for sagebrush systems throughout Utah, as well as our neighboring states. AUGUST 08, 2017 SPECIAL COMMENT OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST ROLL BACK OF FEDERAL SAGE GROUSE PLANS!

Photo credit:  UDWR  

Photo credit:  UDWR

 

Through partnerships with Utah Geologic Survey (UGS), UDWR, USFS, and Hogle Zoo we are conducting aquatic habitat assessments and boreal toad surveys in the Central Wasatch Mountains to both inform aquatic habitat management and identify possible toad reintroduction sites.