The urban population along the Central Wasatch Mountains is predicted to expand 40% through the next 25 years. The Wasatch is not only home to over a half million residents, it is also one of the most highly recreated public lands in the United States that also supports native wildlife habitat along the wild-urban-interface.
The Central Wasatch Commission, a coalition of over 200 public land stakeholders, found there is a lack of baseline data about local wildlife and habitat. Our Wasatch Wildlife Watch is designed to understand the current condition of the Wasatch’s wildlife populations, habitats, and responses to human development in areas where prime wildlife habitat meets growing urban development. This information is crucial for future development planning that will benefit both residents and wildlife.
To address this, the Wasatch Wildlife Watch was developed in partnership with the University of Utah’s Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology Lab, Salt Lake City Parks and Public Lands, and Natural History Museum of Utah. Teams of trained volunteer community scientists and experts alike deploy trail cameras throughout the Wasatch that are monitored regularly from May until late August of each year.
Wasatch Wildlife Watch kicked off in 2018 and is our most successful community science project to date! Last year over 100 dedicated volunteers collected and analyzed 100,000’s of trail camera images to help understand the Wasatch’s wildlife populations and movement corridors. Study sites are located along the Jordan River, to City Creek, and through the Cottonwood Canyons.
Your gift can help Sustain the Wasatch Wildlife Watch.
Training Required? Yes!
Our 2019 training has past. But you can still lend a hand by helping sort and analyze trail camera wildlife images!
Field Season: April - August
Requirements: Field work, hiking, vehicle, ability to be trained on use of trail camera operations