July 29, 2011
Improving habitat in Northeastern Utah, Osprey field trip at Rockport Reservoir, East Canyon Creek discussion at Swaner
IMPROVING HABITAT FOR MULE DEER AND SAGE-GROUSE
Northeastern Utah is home to mule deer, sage-grouse and many other species. Most of these species rely on sagebrush for food and shelter. According to a press release from the Division of Wildlife Resources, sagebrush is struggling to compete with other vegetation such as pinyon pine and juniper trees. This summer, The DWR range crews are using a "lop-and-scatter" process to remove large swaths of the pinyon and juniper trees. According to the DWR this effort improves critical winter range for mule deer and habitat for other species in the area.
OSPREY FIELD TRIP AT ROCKPORT RESERVOIR
The Division of Wildlife Resources will host a field trip at the Rockport Reservoir dam from 6 to 7 p.m. on July 30 for community members to learn more about osprey, the large fish-eating bird. These birds create nests that look like chimneys and have a five-foot wing span. Other birds that might be spotted include turkey vultures and great blue herons.
EAST CANYON CREEK INFORMATIONAL DISCUSSION
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The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter will hold an informational discussion about the health and stability of the East Canyon Creek watershed on Aug. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mike Luers from Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District will discuss fish and water quality issues and how community members can help improve its ecology. The cost is $8 for nonmembers, $4 for members and children are half price. Please register by contacting Savannah Wake, Savannah@swanerecocenter.org or (435) 649-1767 ext. 113.