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Registration is now open for the 2019 UT Chapter of The Wildlife Society Meeting March 20-22, 2019 at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, UT

2019 Meeting Theme: Loving Our Natural Resources to Death

Register here: https://www.regonline.com/uttws_2019

Early registration deadline is March 1, 2019
General/Early Registration: $60
Late Registration (after March 1, 2019): $85
Student and Retiree Registration $40 early/$55 late
Single day price: $35
The banquet on Thursday March 21st will be $20 and includes a vegetarian option (selection available during the registration process)
 
Lodging Options:

Holiday Inn in Springdale, UT
Cost: $98 for anyone, $94 for federal government employees with ID
Must reserve a room by Feb 20th to guarantee a spot
They will still honor the rate after that date, but rooms will be released to the public on that date

Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites in Virgin, UT
Cost: $94 per room
Must reserve a room by March 3rd
They will still honor the rate after that date, but rooms will be released to the public on that date

La Quinta in Springdale, UT
Cost $129 per room
Must reserve a room by Feb 4th otherwise rooms will be released to the public


August 2018
Utah Chapter of TWS Post
Pendergast, Mary

CITIZEN SCIENCE:

The involvement of citizens in the research community and the participation in filling data gaps has become increasingly important to the progression of conservation science. Citizen science helps increase the spatial and temporal scales at which data can be gathered and provides scientists the opportunity to gather information that would otherwise be impossible to collect at the same magnitude given limited time and resources. Academic, nonprofit, and agency scientists recognize the important contributions of citizen science in Utah.  Below are just a few examples of programs in which you can participate.  Also, be sure to follow the Facebook page Utah Citizen Science for timely updates on events and programs.

Hawk Watch International
Natural History Museum of Utah
State of Utah
Tracy Aviary
Wild Utah Project


Greetings fellow wildlifers!

Do you get questions about birds that you don’t have the answers for? Do you have a grandma who loves watching birds? Are you interested in learning more about birds?

There are two groups of birding organizations in the state, both aimed at bringing people together who are interested in learning more about birds and going out and seeing them – those that are Audubon Society affiliates and the more casual birding clubs.

The Audubon Society is a 100+ year-old non-profit organization that was named after John James Audubon, an ornithologist, naturalist and artist who made it his life work to catalog and paint bird species across America. The Audubon Society’s purpose is to conserve birds and provide opportunities for bird watching and conservation-related activities. In Utah we have the Bridgerland Audubon Society in Logan, Wasatch in Ogden, Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, and Red Cliffs in St. George. Each chapter offers monthly field trips (often for a nominal fee which goes to help fund conservation efforts), monthly meetings, activities, and newsletters. Links to those organizations can be found here:

http://www.greatsaltlakeaudubon.org/
http://www.wasatchaudubon.org/
http://bridgerlandaudubon.org/
http://www.redcliffsaudubon.org/

Both the Great Salt Lake Audubon and the Red Cliffs Audubon host annual birding festivals with workshops, field trips, and family-friendly bird activities.

The largest non-Audubon-affiliated club is the Utah County Birders, but I believe both Moab and Vernal have small clubs as well. The Utah County Birders generally have 1-2 field trips per month and a monthly meeting with invited speakers and they also maintain one of the two state websites/listservs where all manner of bird-related information and photographs taken by local enthusiasts can be found. Both Utah listserv hotlines can be found here:

http://www.utahbirds.org/connections/E-hotlines.htm
http://www.utahbirders.com/ubird

As we say in the birding world… happy birding!

©Keeli Marvel

©Keeli Marvel


Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their accomplishments? Nominations are now being accepted for the following awards: Award of Excellence, Award of Merit, Conservation Achievement Award and Certificate of Appreciation. Click here for more details.

We invite submissions of contributed papers and posters on topics of wildlife science, management, ecology, conservation, education, or policy for the annual meeting of The Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Start thinking about any papers or posters you may want to submit! Email all submissions to dave.dahlgren@usu.edu.


Treasurer’s Reports

January 2018
In 2017, we held our annual chapter meeting at Ruby’s Inn near Bryce Canyon. We had 154 members attend this meeting, down slightly (8%) from 168 attending the 2016 meeting in St. George. We had terrific participation in the raffles and silent auction and were able to award $4,500 in scholarships to 3 graduate students conducting wildlife research in Utah. We are in great financial shape heading into the 2018 annual meeting being held in Vernal. The Utah TWS Chapter is grateful for the interest and participation of its members, and we are committed to providing avenues to present wildlife-related research and fund student projects. Thanks to everyone for continuing to support the Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society.