On Feb. 12, 2011, you'll have a chance not only to see bald eagles, but to learn more about them. The Division of Wildlife Resources will hold its annual Utah Bald Eagle Day that day. Bald Eagle Day is free. You can see eagles at five locations across the state.
You can apply for a 2011 permit at wildlife.utah.gov starting Feb. 1. Your application must be received through the website no later than 11 p.m. on March 3 to be entered in the draw for permits. If you have questions or need help completing your application, please call any DWR office before 6 p.m. on March 3.
Denise Blyn, the festival's coordinator, says the St. George and Washington County area attract birders from across the West. "The area is a hot spot for wintering birds," she says.
While the DWR welcomes all the help it can get, supplemental deer feeding is usually not a good idea. Although it sounds like an act of kindness and may even help some animals get through the cold months, it can create major problems.
Finding food in the winter can be a tough prospect for Utah's wild birds. During the late summer and fall, most birds leave Utah for warmer climes. Those that stay find a food supply that snow, long nights, below zero temperatures, storms and frost-forming inversion layers have severely reduced. Only birds capable of finding seeds, berries, dormant insects and other limited food sources can survive Utah's tough winters.
Largely undiscovered, Utah's Goosecks State Park offers some incredible scenery overlooking the Goosenecks of the San Juan River.
The James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center offers interactive exhibits, a wetland diorama and other displays featuring information on birds and wetlands of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem.
The BASH Winter Race Festival is a day full of racing on the snow! From the headlining National Winter Tri Championships to the Snowy Day 5K Run & Kid's Moon Boot Stomp there is something for everyone.
Catching fish in the winter doesn't require the skill needed to catch fish during other times of the year. If you drop your bait in front of the fish, the fish will probably take it.
On Jan. 4, 2011 the Utah Wildlife Board approved several bear hunting changes for Utah's 2011 seasons. All of the changes the board approved will be available in the 2011 Utah Black Bear Guidebook. The free guidebook should be available at wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks during the week of Jan. 31, 2011.
Its that time of year again... brush off the dust from the ice huts and fill up the propane tanks...its time to go fishing. The 4th Annual Rockport Invitational Ice Fishing Derby is set for January 29th, 2011.
Utah State Parks and Recreation is stressing helmets, safety and education as part of Utah Snowmobile Safety Week, January 16 through 22 and throughout the snowmobile season.
Join park staff for a 1.5-mile, round trip hike and the opportunity to explore the 'Winter Circle'-a bright pattern of stars adorning our cold January skies! 7:30-9:00 p.m., Fri., January 21 Events are free and open to the public. Space is limited; registration required. For more information, or to register for a program, contact park staff at (435) 628-2255.
Grand Teton National Park is recruiting participants for the 2011 Youth Conservation Program (YCP); the park plans to enroll 15-25 short-term positions.
For a small donation (or sponsorship) of $30, you will receive a sweatshirt and have the privilege of jumping into the freezing water at the Bear Lake State Park Marina. Costumes are welcome!
Hunter education instructors are volunteers. They are often well-established local citizens who can, and will, create local interest and involvement in the program.
Most of Utah's major roads pass through or travel along ranges deer and elk use in the winter. During the winter, deer and elk can be active throughout the day. But they're most active near dawn and dusk—exactly when visibility is at its worst.
Zion National Park is currently closed as a precaution due to rising river levels and potential flood damage to roads and infrastructure. The Zion Lodge and Watchman Campground in Zion Canyon are being evacuated to prevent the possibility of park visitors being trapped in the park by rising water levels.
They have been extinct for millions of years, but Utah dinosaurs are having a record breaking year. Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Utah Geological Survey (UGS), and Temple University announce the naming of the seventh dinosaur from BLM Utah in 2010. Geminiraptor suarezarum, found on BLM lands near Green River, UT, is the oldest reported “raptor-like” troodontid dinosaur in North America (125 million years old).
A tip on the state's poaching hotline has allowed wildlife officers to break a major poaching ring in Utah. Even though officers are happy with the arrest, they say there's still a lot of work to do to curtail poaching in Utah. With only 48 patrol officers in the state, Wood says the DWR doesn't have the resources needed to catch everyone on its own.
Don’t miss the ever popular trip to the North Pole! A wonderful experience for the whole family. Elves serve hot drinks and treats while sharing favorite carols and holiday entertainment. Delight while your children tell Santa their Christmas wishes when he climbs aboard your coach!
Soldier Hollow in Wasatch Mountain State Park near Midway offers the longest tubing lanes in Utah. The hill has lengthy 1,200-foot sliding lanes with lift service for towing people up the hill for tubing day or night under the lights, and a sound system keeps the airwaves full of enjoyable tunes.
Seven deer have been poached recently in the Book Cliffs in eastern Utah. Now officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are asking for your help to find those responsible.
Applications to hunt turkeys during Utah's limited-entry hunt will be accepted starting Dec. 9, 2010. You can apply at wildlife.utah.gov. Your application must be received no later than 11 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2010 to be entered in the draw for permits.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Utah's state mammal by taking a sleigh ride through a herd of up to 600 Rocky Mountain elk.
Purchase a Utah State Parks Annual Pass for $75. This annual pass allows you and up to seven guests in the same private vehicle, day-use entrance to all Utah State Parks.
The map identifies important range-wide focal areas having high density occurrences of greater sage-grouse, a ground-dwelling bird that inhabits much of the West. These focal areas were determined by estimating the male’s attendance on leks, the communal breeding grounds of the bird. The BLM will work with the state fish and wildlife agencies to further refine the map by incorporating more specific state-level data.
After a series of public meetings, the state's Regional Advisory Councils are split over which deer hunting option they prefer. The Utah Wildlife Board will make the final decision when it meets in Salt Lake City on Dec. 2.
Under the new plan, some of the limited-entry areas would become harvest-objective areas. The number of hunters who can hunt on a harvest-objective area isn't limited, so switching an area to harvest objective would increase the number of people who can hunt the area. Letting more hunters hunt an area would increase the chance that a set number of bears were taken.
Get all the details in advance of your visit to Zion National Park this Winter.
Your safety is our number one concern. Utah law requires youth, ages eight to 16 (or until they get their state issued driver license), to complete the Utah State Parks and Recreation Know Before You Go! snowmobile education course before operating on public lands, roads or trails.
Learn more about riding OHVs in Utah on the Utah State Parks website
Winter is here, along with plenty of Utah snow. Utah is home to some of the best winter resorts and activities in the country.
It's the time of year when rams charge into each other, slamming their horns together in a spectacular head-butting ritual that's designed to attract the attention of the ladies (female sheep called ewes).
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry contains the densest concentration of Jurassic-aged dinosaur bones ever found. The deposit is also the largest collection of a large meat-eating dinosaur ever found.
On Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, the Willard Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed to general public access to accommodate the annual one-day youth pheasant hunt. The youth hunt previously has been held at a Walk-In-Access area.
Swan hunters: It shouldn't be long now. During an aerial survey on Nov. 2, 2010, Tom Aldrich counted 14,793 swans in marshes along the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake.
The Division of Wildlife Resources will present some major changes for the 2011 hunt at public meetings in November. Those changes could affect the number of bucks you see and the ability you and your family have to hunt.
If you've ever thought about hunting quail in Utah, this fall might be the time to give it a try. California quail and Gamble's quail populations have done well in Utah the past few years and appear to be doing better this year.