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Wild About Utah is a weekly nature series produced by Utah Public Radio 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. More about Wild About Utah can be found here . 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. Hear the wonders of Utah: plants, animals, geologic formations; ancient, present; terrestrial, avian and aquatic. Brought to you by the Moab Area Travel Council .

Wild About Utah is a weekly nature series produced by Utah Public Radio 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. More about Wild About Utah can be found here . 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. Hear the wonders of Utah: plants, animals, geologic formations; ancient, present; terrestrial, avian and aquatic. Brought to you by the Moab Area Travel Council .
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Wild About Utah is a weekly nature series produced by Utah Public Radio 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. More about Wild About Utah can be found here . 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. Hear the wonders of Utah: plants, animals, geologic formations; ancient, present; terrestrial, avian and aquatic. Brought to you by the Moab Area Travel Council .

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The Colorado Plateau on Wild About Utah

11/16/2018
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Rivers and sandstone pretty much define the Colorado Plateau- perhaps my favorite landscape on our lovely planet. These past few weeks I’ve experienced some of its best in Dinosaur NM and Canyonlands NP with friends and students.

Duration:00:03:41

Western Forest Grouse on Wild About Utah

11/9/2018
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In the early winter, when most wildlife are migrating down the mountains, dusky grouse are heading up. The grouse rely on the evergreen needles for their sole food source during winter.

Duration:00:03:59

How To Compost In 8 Steps on Wild About Utah

11/2/2018
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Autumn leaves are beginning to fall. Trees drop their leaves because of reductions in temperature, sunlight, and moisture. And if the leaves remained on deciduous trees during winter months, the added weight of snow could break entire branches down. So many people will be outside raking leaves off their lawns.

Duration:00:03:34

The Magic Of Spotting A Bear on Wild About Utah

10/26/2018
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Bear jams, bear stories, bear encounters, bear dreams - I’ve experienced all. Such was the case on our annual Teton trip where I was joined by over 25 Utah State University students and others. Bison, birds, bugling elk, sparring moose, and always the highlight- bears.

Duration:00:03:39

The Ebbs And Flows Of Southern Utah on Wild About Utah

10/19/2018
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Have you ever wondered why the redrock landscape of southeastern Utah ebbs and flows, why the exposed layers of sedimentary rock seem to rise and fall in crests and troughs like so many waves across the surface of the sea? Well, the answer, surprisingly enough, can be found through investigating the ancient seas that once covered vast swathes of Southeast Utah more than 300 million years ago.

Duration:00:03:50

The Aftermath Of Wildfires on Wild About Utah

10/12/2018
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Wildfires hit record highs this year in the Western United States. There can be arguments blaming climate change or forest management. Were they caused by human carelessness or natural causes such as lightning? Take your pick. But the results were tragic.

Duration:00:03:59

Aspen Seedlings On The Brian Head Fire Footprint on Wild About Utah

10/4/2018
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The rustling noise of wind blowing through aspen trees is a sweet sound for many Utahns, reminding them of home.

Duration:00:03:59

Exotic Invasive Species on Wild About Utah

9/28/2018
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“Exotic” sounds rather alluring, but “invasive” implies something completely different and undesirable.

Duration:00:03:56

Migration on Wild About Utah

9/27/2018
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Migration has begun, or did it ever end? Even in our little N. Utah valley its happening. We normally think of migration during the great flocks of birds that pass through during swing months of fall and spring, or the deer and elk coming down for the winter, or swarms of salmon swimming to their death when spawning. But that’s only a small part of the story.

Duration:00:03:38

All About Honeybees on Wild About Utah

9/11/2018
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I was a bit surprised when I met a local beekeeper who insisted she'd never eaten any honey except that produced by bees in the mountains above Cache Valley. It made sense that the taste of honey would be determined by the flowers where the bees collected nectar and pollen. It turns out the Forest Service issues permits to local beekeepers to put hives around Tony Grove.

Duration:00:03:10

Proposed Beaver Holding Facility In Millville, Utah on Wild About Utah

9/7/2018
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Nuisance beavers, who in recent years were viewed as pests and quickly disposed of, are now in high demand.

Duration:00:03:59

Incredible Hummingbirds on Wild About Utah

8/31/2018
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Having witnessed people in poverty, as well as starving animals, I can never condone the fascination some Americans have with Hot Dog Eating Contests. Yet humans are poor competitors when compared to some members of the animal kingdom.

Duration:00:03:29

Fire on Wild About Utah

8/17/2018
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The haze above Cache Valley begins to dissipate after weeks of hovering low and thick like a winter inversion, even as the Goring and Hansel Point Fires rage on just west of the Wellsville Mountains that bookend the valley. Both blazes, just two of the more than ten active fires in the state, are still less than 50% contained. Farmers and ranchers in Box Elder County are now doubling as volunteer fire crews.

Duration:00:03:56

Piute Farms Waterfall On Lower San Juan - A Tributary Of Lake Powell on Wild About Utah

8/9/2018
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Piute Farm's waterfall is a 25-ft high cascade that has formed along the San Juan River and spans its entire width. The location is a remote spot in an upstream arm of Lake Powell reservoir.

Duration:00:03:58

Peru on Wild About Utah

7/20/2018
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I just returned from two weeks in the Peruvian Andes conducting fieldwork on high elevation wetlands and how they were responding to impacts from livestock grazing in a changing climate. We were in the Huascaran National Park, the highest part of the Andes with many peaks soaring above 20,000 feet.

Duration:00:03:48

Decreasing The Habitat Risks Of Utah’s Southern Sage-Grouse on Wild About Utah

7/6/2018
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In the past decade, over 45,000 acres of land in southern Utah have had conservation treatments by removing the encroaching pinyon-juniper forest and allowing the native grasses and sagebrush to return.

Duration:00:03:59

Knowing Trees on Wild About Utah

6/29/2018
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If you are fortunate to live, or even work, near trees enjoy the many benefits they provide. Perhaps you learned something about them in a biology class you took long ago. But do you know what kind of trees you are looking at now? Consider a few basic elementary tips to help you identify what you are observing. And please understand this will be a generalization.

Duration:00:03:59

Riparian Zones on Wild About Utah

6/22/2018
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Summer’s heat has turned on. It was evident in a dramatic fashion as I ran a ridge in N. Utah where the early am temps were near 70 degrees, flowers had faded, and the absence of birdsong.

Duration:00:03:06

Monitoring Utah Moose And Their Calves on Wild About Utah

6/8/2018
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In the early 1900s, moose began expanding south into Utah from Wyoming. This moose sub-species was named in honor of [Congressman] George Shiras III who explored Yellowstone in the early 1900’s and found large numbers of moose.

Duration:00:04:04

Attracting Birds And Butterflies To Your Yard on Wild About Utah

6/1/2018
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As human populations increase and construction developments overtake agricultural land and wildlife habitat, some people may feel as if there is little hope for local connections to nature. Don’t raise the white flag of surrender. There is much you can do in your own yards to help attract wild songbirds and butterflies.

Duration:00:03:26