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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


BAT BLITZ:

We are planning a mid-year Utah-TWS activity the night of August 8th. We will be helping with the Bat Blitz in the Book Cliffs in Northeastern Utah south of Vernal. If you’ve ever wanted to see a bat close up, this is the event! We will be mist netting bats in select locations and recording data. Volunteers will be able to help set up mist nets and record data (and take photos:). ONLY PEOPLE WITH RABIES VACCINES WILL BE ABLE TO HOLD THE BATS! Due to white-nose syndrome, we ask everyone that has used equipment previously to handle bats to use rubber gloves and sterilize their equipment prior to the event.

Exact place and time is to be determined yet. Camping is suggested if you are traveling from out of the region. Contact Amy at amyvandevoort@utah.gov by August 1 if you are interested in attending.


The 2018 Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting

The 2018 Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society annual meeting is March 21-23rd located at the Uintah Conference Center, 313 E 200 S, Vernal, UT 84078. The theme for the 2018 Annual Meeting is: “Fire and Ice of Wildlife Management- Life In An Arid Landscape”.

There will be prizes for best talks, posters, and best photos!

View the meeting agenda here.

ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST
Enter to win our Annual 2018 Photography Contest! Prizes will be awarded to contest finalists.
Information and Rules:
Photos will be accepted in the following categories:
(1) Wildlife Species
(2) Scenery
(3) Biologists at Work
1. Photos MUST be printed 8 x 10 inches in size and unframed.
-Contestants may enter up to 3 photographs per category.
-Awards for “Best In Category” and “Best Overalll” will be voted on by the membership at the Annual Meeting
– Prizes will be awarded at the banquet.
*****Photos must be submitted at the registration desk at the annual meeting
***Amateur photographers only, please. Questions can be addressed to Keeli Marvel: keeli.marvel@gmail.com

For general registration:

$60 early bird

$85 late (After March 2nd)

Student and retiree registration: 

$40 early

$55 late (After March 2nd)

Single-day registration at $35

Banquet at $20 per person

See the annual meeting page for details.


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.