Aimee Van Tatenhove

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Quagga mussels are an invasive aquatic mollusk that have spread across the United States, and are one of the most economically damaging invasive species in the country.

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

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Beginning in spring 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture allowed public schools to serve all of their students’ free meals to ensure access to nutritious food during the pandemic. In May, a bill was proposed in Congress to permanently provide free meals for all students across the country, regardless of income.

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Hummingbirds are tiny and vibrant visitors to bird feeders, but considering they’re so small, researchers must rely on special means to study them.

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This past Monday, the Utah Department of Natural Resources announced a nearly $50,000 grant supporting the Logan River conservation easement, a two-mile extension of the Logan River Trail.

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A railroad running through the Great Salt Lake divides the body of water into a salty north arm and the fresher south arm. Water levels at the Great Salt Lake are the lowest in recorded history and as the lake dries up, both arms need protection.

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Localscaping, or landscaping with local plants and soils to match the climate you live in, can help conserve water and support local habitats. Utah State University has joined this effort with drought-tolerant landscaping.

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In January, the Biden administration paused oil and gas leases on public lands. This month, Biden announced an additional leasing pause in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, re-sparking the debate over the administration’s handling of oil and gas leases, including those in Utah.

ID Food Banks See Need Grow as Emergency SNAP Ends

May 26, 2021
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Food banks have seen increased need since pandemic-related food benefits expired in Idaho. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare decided not to extend SNAP Emergency Allotments in the state, which were designed to increase benefits to the lowest-income households during the pandemic shutdown.

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The University of Utah recently partnered with two Utah laboratories to produce an inexpensive coronavirus antibody test, in the form of a mobile app.

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With Utah lifting COVID restrictions, businesses are seeing an increase in customers, but restaurants in Cache Valley say they’re struggling to hire staff to fill the demand.

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Last week, Logan Mayor Holly Daines signed a proclamation reminding residents and businesses to reduce their light pollution to help migrating birds.

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Last week, Shelley High School in southern Idaho celebrated homecoming with the Russet Olympics, stirring controversy with photos of students celebrating in what appeared to be blackface.

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Utah State University’s Ecology Center hosted a speaker this week, who covered bird migration and one of the world’s most prevalent invasive species: the domestic cat.

Working From Home May Reduce Wildlife Collisions

Mar 11, 2021

Wildlife collisions in Utah have dropped since the start of the pandemic, and the number of cars on the road may be responsible.

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Vaccine distribution in Utah began in December and January, which means many people are preparing to receive their second doses and there are many stories and rumors surrounding what that will be like.

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Insects have a reputation for “bugging” us humans with their bites, stings and incessant buzzing. While we may wish they would just go away, researchers have concerns about declining “bug biomass” and how it could impact us.

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What do tree growth, bark beetle fungi, and carbon have in common?

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While winter may not seem like a prime time to see birds, February is an excellent month to view bald eagles in Utah. Aimee Van Tatenhove went birding over the weekend and reports on her experience. 

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This week’s speaker at the USU Ecology Center is using unique ways to study parasite communities and reduce parasite infections.

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A new mural depicting the Bear River Massacre was unveiled in Lehi over the weekend.

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Researchers in Utah have identified a rare genetic disorder in a newborn for the first time through routine newborn screening.

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Black rosy-finches are elusive alpine birds that have remained a mystery until recently. Now, researchers are using citizen science to learn more about this unusual species.

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Each year the public is invited to count birds for the Christmas Bird Count. While some can be counted from the backyard, counting others requires a special outing.

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An undeveloped island in the Great Salt Lake was donated to the state earlier this month, providing new recreation opportunities and protecting more wildlife habitat.

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With the days getting colder, getting outside can be tough. Counting birds in the name of science is a great way to spend some time outside, or just looking out your window.

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Many social issues have been on the forefront of people’s minds this year, including human trafficking and protecting children. One Cache Valley non-profit is taking a step to help those in need this holiday season.

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Studying flowers can teach us a surprising amount about how species in ecological communities interact.

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Wildlife in Utah face many challenges, and the newly formed Utah Wildlife Federation hopes to protect wildlife across the state.

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Artificial intelligence may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but it’s used in everything from ride-sharing apps to personalized online shopping suggestions.

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