May Wild Uutah Project Insider Scoop

Lots going on this spring at Wild Utah Project!

Volunteers attend our in-class training last week at Hogle Zoo for this summer's central Wasatch amphibian "Bio-Blitz".  See our (brand new!) website for summer citizen science opportunities!

Volunteers attend our in-class training last week at Hogle Zoo for this summer's central Wasatch amphibian "Bio-Blitz".  See our (brand new!) website for summer citizen science opportunities!

Upcoming presentation by Yellowstone to Uintas Connection!

You are invited to a presentation sponsored by our partners Western Wildlife Conservancy and the "Wasatch Front Packtivists" this coming Thursday, May 11, 7:00pm at the Salt Lake City Main Library, Room B (downstairs). Jason Christensen, Director of the Yellowstone to Uintas Connection, will update us on Y2UConn's work to protect and restore this unique and irreplaceable wildlife corridor in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming that connects the Yellowstone Ecosystem to the Uinta Wilderness and Southern Rockies. This corridor, and its proper management and conservation, is vital to the prospects of wolves, lynx and wolverine returning to Utah from points north. Facebook event link HERE. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

NOT TO MISS FREE SCREENING OF "BORN TO RE-WILD" MAY 17

Join us, 7:00 05/17 in the Main Auditorium at the SLC Main Library (210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City) for a public showing of “Born to Rewild.”  In this documentary, we follow John Davis as he treks 5000 miles in 8 months from Mexico to Canada to bring awareness to the importance of connected wildlife corridors along the spine of the continent.TrekWest adventurer John Davis believes, if we learn to work together now, we can save what we love, AND benefit wide-ranging wildlife.  Introduction by Stacy Bare, Director, Sierra Club Outdoors. Panel Discussion to follow film, featuring John Davis himself!  VIEW TRAILER!
 

Next week kicks off our Citizen Science field season - in Sheeprocks!

We are excited for our first multi-day Citizen Science trip next week in the Sheeprock mountains, where we, with Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and our volunteers, will be performing "pre Beaver Dam Analogue" (basically human-made beaver dams, to be built this summer) stream and riparian health assessments.  We will come back out later in the season (and next year with another Citizen science team) to document whether the new BDA's help bring up the water table and repair the incised and entrenched Vernon Creek.  Also, BDA's are an important precursor for the real thing - beavers! Once beavers are back in the Sheeprocks one day, they can maintain the new Beaver Dam Analogues. Watch for updates of next week's Citizen science trip on Facebook, Instagram (#wildutahproject), and Allison's new Twitter acct (@allisonjoneswup)!

 

Thank you again for supporting the Wild Utah Project
and all of our work on behalf of wildlife and wildlands
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Latest Insider Scoop - February 09, 2017

Greetings to Friends of the Wild Utah Project!

Because you are one of Wild Utah Project’s special friends, we are excited to bring you this periodic update about what’s happening at Wild Utah Project.  It would seem that this “Scoop” is heavy on WUP speaking engagements in February….see below! Thanks again for your help and for contributing to Wild Utah Project’s efforts to bring sound science to land and wildlife management decisions in Utah.    --The Wild Utah Project Crew: Allison, Mary, Emanuel, Amy, and Board members Lindsey, Mark, Kirsten, Scott, Ronni, and Kathy[MP1] , and “emeritus extraordinaire” Jim Catlin.

Our Director Allison giving a presentation at Main Library Feb 15 on the importance of conserved and connected roadless areas for Utah’s wildlife.

Allison has been invited by Western Wildlife Conservancy and a new Utah group, called “Utah Wants Wolves,” to participate in a new quarterly lecture series at the SLC downtown Main Library.  Come join us on next Wednesday, February 15 at 7 pm as Allisondiscusses the basic concepts of wildland network design and why preserving blocks of connected habitat helps to ensure functional and viable wildlife populations, including especially top-level predators. We'll discuss how some of the Utah Wants Wolves partner groups such as Western Wildlife Conservancy, Wildlands Network, Yellowstone to Uintas Connection, and Wild Utah Project are working through various campaigns to conserve these "core" areas, while also working for better land and wildlife management policies in the public land "matrix" around the currently protected and hopefully future protected national parks, monuments and wilderness areas of Utah.  We will be meeting in the downtown SLC Main Library Room B (downstairs)  Here’s the link to the Facebook Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/604791019729113/, where you can RSVP for this FREE event, and invite friends.  See you there!

Join us for dinner and Climate Change Discussion Panel, February 23, hosted by the Village Square

Utah has recently established a state chapter of a national movement, the Village Square. The new Utah Chapter is hosting a –roughly– quarterly lecture/panel discussion series on various topics of interest here in our state. This month’s panel discussion on February 23 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm will take place at the SLC downtown Main Library, and is called “Climate Conversations at the Village Square.”  We will begin with a light dinner, followed by a panelist discussion covering the full spectrum of climate views from a wide range of guests, including Derek Monson with the Sutherland Institute, Robert Davies with Utah State University, Michelle Straube with the University of Utah’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, George Handley with BYU, Laura Nelson with the Utah Governor’s Office, and our own Allison Jones, Director of Wild Utah Project.  Allison will be discussing the impacts of climate change on wildlife and wildlife habitats.  Opportunity for audience questions and discussion will take place after panel talks.  Space is limited so if you would like to attend this free event, be sure to reserve your seat ahead of time through the Utah Village square event page: http://utah.villagesquare.us/event/climate-change/ 

Thank you for supporting Wild Utah Project and our work on behalf of wildlife and wildlands.