Have you ever wondered how wildlife agencies catch and track ducks and geese? Are you curious about what happens inside a fish hatchery? “Wild,” a new podcast produced by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, will answer these questions and provide insight into the work that Utah does to protect its wildlife.
A new episode will be launched the third Tuesday of each month and will feature an inside look at different projects and jobs within Utah’s wildlife agency.
Ep. 14: Artificial beaver dams
In this episode, DWR Habitat Restoration Biologist Nicole Nielson and Trout Unlimited Project Manager Jordan Nielson explain the innovative and effective method of building artificial beaver dams to help restore river landscapes. This unique technique was actually conceptualized right here in Utah and decreases erosion, raises river levels and even improves water quality!
Ep. 13: Sky raptors
In this episode, DWR Avian Conservation Program Coordinator, Russell Norvell, talks all about some lesser-known wildlife in Utah: Birds of prey. Ranging from tiny flammulated owls to the large endangered California condors, these birds all have unique characteristics and play a large part in the ecosystem. You will also get a look at the unique sport of falconry — using raptors as a weapon in hunting upland game — as well as ways you can help these incredible birds.
Ep. 12: Traveling wildlife
In this episode, DWR Wildlife Migration Initiative Coordinator Daniel Olson, talks about why it is important for wildlife to migrate, things that can obstruct that migration, and how the DWR and its partners are helping wildlife to make those necessary movements across Utah — as well as some unique stories of things learned while tracking wildlife!
Ep. 11: Fighting the STD of the Sea
In this episode, DWR Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Nathan Owens and DWR Aquatic Invasive Species Field Operations Lt. Bruce Johnson talk about quagga mussels in Utah — what they are, why they are bad, how DWR is fighting to keep them from spreading to other waterbodies, and what boaters should know.
Ep. 10: Blue Ribbon Fisheries
In this episode, DWR Sportfish Coordinator Randy Oplinger and Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council Chair Herbert Ley talk about the Blue Ribbon Fisheries program in Utah — what it is, its purpose, and how these cream-of-the-crop waterbodies are selected and highlighted as some of the best fishing opportunities in Utah.
Ep. 9: Sunrise dance party
In this episode, DWR Upland Game Coordinator Heather Talley talks about one of Utah’s most unique bird species, the sage grouse. There are two different species of sage grouse in Utah, and each species has an incredible mating dance. DWR biologists are lucky enough to see it each spring when they do population surveys of the species.
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Just found this podcast and I love it! I agree with the review that asked for a native cutthroat trout episode. Would also love some episodes about non-game wildlife: birding, native reptiles and amphibians, small mammals, bats, wild horses, even insects. Then some species specific episodes—from cougars to jack rabbits and rattlesnakes to sage grouse and everything in between. Keep the great content coming! Thanks.
Great podcast! A native cutthroat trout fisheries episode please!
I wish there were more of them coming out more often. These are great.