Ellis Juhlin

Science News Reporter

Ellis Juhlin is a science reporter here at Utah Public Radio and a Master's Student at Utah State. She studies Ferruginous Hawk nestlings and the factors that influence their health. She loves our natural world and being part of wildlife research. Now, getting to communicate that kind of research to the UPR listeners through this position makes her love what she does even more. In her free time, you can find her outside on a trail with her partner Matt and her goofy pups Dodger and Finley. They love living in a place where there are year-round adventures to be had!

A close-up of an otter.
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This summer, while running on the river trail, I saw an otter. A real life river otter. It leapt out of the water and darted into a pocket between rocks on the bank, with a trout in its mouth! It was one of those moments where I was confronted with something that was, in my mind, so wildly outside the realm of possibility that it took me a minute to figure out what the blurred brown weasel-shaped thing even was.


The Biden Administration’s oil and gas leasing moratorium last January was met with opposition. Landon Newell, a Staff Attorney with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, explained that an injunction was issued against the leasing pause, ending it. BLM offices in several states have since reopened lease sales. Oil and gas leasing is a concern for carbon emissions, contributing to climate change. 

The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling off and many birds are beginning to fly south for winter. There are many challenges birds face as they migrate. But there are ways people can help make birds' journeys a bit safer. 

Each fall thousands of salmon feel their internal clocks tick, and begin a perilous journey upstream to spawn. Spawning salmon look nothing like the silvery, trout-shaped fish you would catch when fishing for salmon in a reservoir.

Nicole Giampietro

The first Wild Miles virtual race began as a way for people to have something to do during the pandemic, when so many other events were being cancelled. The race enabled participants to feel like part of the Logan community while enjoying our outdoor areas, safely. 

Aimee Van Tatenhove

As the Great Salt Lake continues to decline, not only is wildlife is being impacted around the lake, but across the region.

Urvish Prajapati


The water levels of the Great Salt Lake have dipped to troublingly low levels this August – lower than any in recorded history. But what does this mean for the people and wildlife that call Utah home? (Part 1 of 2)

Phil Dufrene

Although the Great Salt Lake has been shrinking for years, with the current drought conditions, the lake is at an all time low. How do low water levels impact hunting in the area? (Part 2 of 2)

Natasha Hadden

This weekend, August 14, at Dinosaur National Monument, people can watch monarch tagging. As monarch butterflies migrate through Utah, scientists are tagging the butterflies to better track their movements and estimate their populations.

Two landscape programs that encourage Utahns conserve water are expanding to Utah, Duchesne, Uintah, and Weber counties.

Last week, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson launched her Return Utah program. The program aims to help Utahns who have been out of work for an extended period of time re-enter the workforce.


With the current megadrought Utah is experiencing, most reservoirs are at or below 50% capacity. For Utah’s fish, less water means their environments are shrinking around them and these smaller bodies of water tend to heat up faster.

In his monthly news conference, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox addressed a variety of issues, including the ongoing drought facing the state and the recent rise in COVID-19 cases. 


Utah is the second driest state in the country and currently suffering from a megadrought. Fire season is off to an early start since drier plants ignite easily and burn hot and fast— a combination that leads to wildfires that are especially difficult to contain.

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Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is a highly contagious virus that causes liver inflammation, leading to fatal hemorrhaging of blood in rabbits and pikas. The disease originated in Europe but spread to North America in 2018.

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When Camp Williams was built, it was bordered by open land. Today it is located near some of Utah’s fastest growing communities, and much of the open land around it is being developed.