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Wild About Utah

Wild About Utah is a weekly nature series produced by Utah Public Radio. Utah is a state endowed with many natural wonders from red rock formations to salt flats. And from desert wetlands to columns of mountains forming the basin and range region. When we look closer, nature is everywhere including just outside our door.

Wild About Utah is produced in cooperation with Stokes Nature Center, Bridgerland Audubon Society, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Cache Valley Wildlife Association, Utah State University and Utah Master Naturalist Program - USU Extension.

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  • If you like drinking carbonated water as much as I do, you’ll be happy to hear you can drink as much as you’d like, -absolutely for free- just north of the Utah border in Soda Springs, Idaho.
  • The American pika can be found throughout the mountains of western North America, from Canada to New Mexico. Of the 30 global species, only two inhabit North America, which includes the collared pika found in Alaska and Canada.
  • One of the greatest compliments a teacher could possibly receive, in my opinion, from a student having never been on any of my class lists, is an invitation to make a writing dialogue journal, a pen pal exchange with no grades or due dates attached.
  • Audubon's driving purpose is that, “When we create conditions for birds to thrive, we create conditions for people and the planet to thrive, too.”
  • Once I started thinking about water seeping through this limestone, I signed up to take a tour of the Minnetonka Caves located above St Charles towards the northern side of the lake.
  • Shorebirds are a diverse group of birds including sandpipers, plovers, avocets, oystercatchers and phalaropes. There areapproximately 217 recognized species globally, 81 of which occur in the Americas for all or part of their lifecycle with 52 species breeding inNorth America, many of whom visit Utah.
  • Salt production in Utah is possible because of the geologic and historic past. Just as the Fremont gathered and traded salt anciently, modern methods of harvesting and mining allow companies to distribute products worldwide. As such, salt continues to contribute to Utah’s role as the Crossroads of the West.
  • My wife and I, but mostly my wife, honestly exclusively my wife had our first child in June. A daughter born this spring. Living through this summer. Her first. She’s seen the hottest days since records began. And not just her records. All of them.
  • This is a true story. It took place in early pioneer days in Mendon about 130 years ago. And now introducing: the biggest and baddest bear in Cache Valley at the time, The Big Slough Grizzly!
  • The normal range of the western tiger swallowtail covers much of western North America, from British Columbia to North Dakota in the north to Baja California and New Mexico south. Individuals occasionally turn up in eastern North America, though it is generally replaced by the similar eastern tiger swallowtail.