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Quarterly presentations educate the public about area wildlife

The Wildlife Protection Society has presented the Wildlife Education Series since 2010.

The organization felt it was important for the local residents have an educational outreach to become familiar with the balance that is needed between the land development, the people and the wildlife in the area, said Pam Carlquist, director of the Wildlife Education Series.

"The Wildlife Protection Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of wildlife for future generations, by identifying and conserving vital habitat and migratory corridors within Park City, Summit County and Wasatch County," Carlquist said during an interview with The Park Record. "It carries out the mission through research, community outreach and education and by working with city, county and state agencies to create guidelines and implement procedures that will give wildlife the best opportunity to survive and thrive despite the ongoing threats and encroachment of development and population growth. That’s why we created quarterly series. The goal is to have people and animals live compatibly together, and the events usually occur in March, June, September and December."

The first presentation of 2012 that will be held on March 29, at the Summit County Library Kimball Junction will be about wildlife and vehicle collisions.

The session, which will run from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., will be presented by Doug Sakaguchi, Central Region habitat biologist of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and ties into a previous session that addressed road kill and being road wise.

Sakaguchi will talk about the current mitigation efforts and future projects that are being proposed by UDWR to the Utah Department of Transportation regarding wildlife and vehicle collisions and what the trends are, Carlquist said.

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"He will talk about why collection data about these incidents is so important," she said. "He will also talk about whether overpasses and underpasses are being used by wildlife to cross highways and whether or not they are successful."

"When we first started, we were at the Park City Library and had quite a few sessions there," Carlquist said. "We’ve also held some at the Swaner EcoCenter.

Past topics have included the do’s and don’ts of landscaping for wildlife, which addressed what people should do to attract wildlife and what some of the consequences would be, as well as planting tips for the Park City Area and utilizing social media in wildlife photography.

"We’ve also discussed recreating in wildlife country and brought in representatives from Mountain Trails and Canyons and other speakers, and we had Insa Riepen from Recycle Utah come in and talk about replanting, reusing and ways to help wildlife in nature. We made seed balls for animals to eat and we threw them out while we hiked.

"These talks are the result of us wanting to do what we could to bring about a better and more protected habitat for wildlife," Carlquist said.

The Wildlife Protection Society will present the first session of the 2012 Wildlife Educations Series at the Summit County Library Kimball Junction, 1885 Ute Blvd., on Thursday, March 29, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be Doug Sakaguchi of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Admission is free.