Events for Environment

Volunteer Orientation: American Kestrel Study

During this volunteer orientation we will give a brief background about the study and go over data collection protocols, which have changed from prior seasons. This is also where we will gather information from participants on their availability, willingness to travel, and which aspects of the study they wish to be involved in. We will use this information to build teams, assign nestbox clusters, and arrange field meetings to train with project scientists. The Kestrel Study Orientation will be offered on both Thursday 2/22 and Friday 2/23. Participants need only sign up for one of these dates.


Weber Pathways presents an evening with Gary Ferguson

Weber Pathways is excited to feature award winning writer Gary Ferguson at this year's 15th annual Author Dinner. This exciting event will be held Friday, Feburary 23rdh at The Timbermine. “Presentation: “Promise of the Wild, The Carry Home.” Over the past twenty five years Gary has traveled thousands of miles down the rivers, trails and back roads of North America: trekking 500 miles through Yellowstone to write Walking Down the Wild (Simon & Schuster), wandering through the seasons with the first 14 wolves released into Yellowstone National Park for The Yellowstone Wolves: The First Year (Globe Pequot), spending a season in the field at a wilderness therapy program for the best-selling Shouting at the Sky (St. Martin’s Press). “I began my writing career by exploring the tracks humans have left in nature,” he says. “Now I’m mostly interested in the tracks nature leaves in us.” Gary’s lively keynote presentations – each tailored to a specific audience – celebrate how science, myth, psychology and cultural history shape our thoughts and experiences of the natural world. He has written for a variety of publications, from Vanity Fair to The Los Angeles Times. He’s also author of 22 books on science and nature, including the award-winning Hawks Rest, published by National Geographic Adventure Press. Gary is a keynote presenter at conservation and outdoor education gatherings around the country, and is currently on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop Masters of Fine Arts program, at Pacific Lutheran University.


Volunteer Opportunity: American Kestrel Study

During this volunteer orientation we will give a brief background about the study and go over data collection protocols, which have changed from prior seasons. This is also where we will gather information from participants on their availability, willingness to travel, and which aspects of the study they wish to be involved in. We will use this information to build teams, assign nestbox clusters, and arrange field meetings to train with project scientists. The Kestrel Study Orientation will be offered on both Thursday 2/22 and Friday 2/23. Participants need only sign up for one of these dates.


Creative Meetup

Looking for a way to spend time outdoors and let your creative side out? Join local artist Bridgette Meinhold at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter for a Creative Meetup. Bring your sketchbook, your paints, your journal, your camera, an instrument or whatever you want to make art and join a community inspired by nature. This event is casual, come as you like, but please bring all your own supplies. Depending on the weather we can enjoy time outdoors or retreat inside the EcoCenter. Bring your friends, family, or anyone who might enjoy time outdoors and a chance to be creative. This event is free, but a $5 donation is appreciated. RSVPs are encouraged! Email: hunter.klingensmith@usu.edu


Sage Advice: Greater Sage-Grouse Ecology and Conservation

Thursday, March 1st | 6:30pm $10 per person | $5 for members Registration is required and spots fill fast. A 2015 decision by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service kept the Greater Sage-Grouse off the Endangered Species list – but what does this mean for their populations, and for the people that live and work in their habitat? Come learn about the ecology of these fascinating creatures and the community based conservation efforts to sustain their populations from sage-grouse experts Dr. Terry Messmer, USU Professor of Wildlife Conflict Management, and Allison Jones, Executive Director for The Wild Utah Project. Dr. Messmer is the Director of the Jack H. Berryman Institute (BI) for Wildlife Damage Management, Utah Community-Based Conservation Program (CBCP). He holds the Quinney Professorship of Wildlife Conflict Management in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Human-Wildlife Interactions, past Editor-in-chief of The Wildlife Society Bulletin, and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Wildlife Management and The Wildlife Society Bulletin. Allison Jones is the Executive Director for The Wild Utah Project. Allison has also been appointed by the Director of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to sit on two state task forces: one to rewrite Utah's black bear management plan, and another to write Utah's first wolf conservation and management plan. Allison was the recipient of the 2014 Jasper Carlton Activist in the Trenches Award.  This event is a collaborative effort brought to you by Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter and the Utah Chapter Sierra Club, Wasatch Back Network.


Saving Snow Documentary

Saving Snow is a 53-minute documentary on how ski towns are coping with warmer winters. It was made to educate audiences about the impacts of climate change on the winter economy and build support for mitigation and adaptation efforts across the country. It features stories from the famous American Birkebeiner ski race in Hayward, Wisconsin as well as stories from Utah's own Park City. There will be a short panel discussion after the screening. PANEL DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW: 1. Peter Vordenberg, former US XC Olympian and US XC Team Head Coach 2. Jim Steenburgh, Univ. of Utah, Atmospheric Scientist, Wasatch Weather Weenies Blog creator 3. McKenzie Skiles, Univ. of Utah, Alpine and Snow Hydrologist 4. Laura Schaffer, Sustainability Director, POWDR (one of N. America’s largest ski resort corporations) 5. Bill Barron, Regional Coordinator, Citizens’ Climate Lobby


Utah Student's for Clean Air Rally

Come join Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Utah students to let the legislature know that we expect them to pass common sense bills that will provide clean air for our kids and future generations.


Save Our Canyons 16th Annual Lone Peak Celebration

Join old and new friends in celebrating the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, canyons and foothills by attending our 16th annual Lone Peak Celebration benefiting Save Our Canyons. Lone Peak Celebration is March 10th at 6:30pm at The Falls Event Center. Tickets are available online and include drinks, food, live music, and an auction. Tickets Here: https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50928/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=96539


Water Trivia

Test your Wasatch water knowledge with the Seven Canyons Trust at Water Trivia! Grab a team of up to four friends, and head Downtown to Squatters Brewing on March 29th at 6PM. Trivia will start at 7PM. If you plan to play, please register before the event and arrive 15 minutes early to get settled. Registration is not required if you do not plan to play. Everyone is welcome! Local micro-brews will be available for purchase and enjoy free appetizers, courtesy of Squatters Brewing. All participants will be entered into an opportunity drawing to win awesome prizes from The Dodo Restaurant, Momentum Climbing, Patagonia, Porcupine Pub & Grille, Rio Grande Cafe, Wiseguys Comedy, and more! Guests must be 21 years or older. Join for some water-themed trivia fun for a watershed cause!


Water Trivia

Test your Wasatch water knowledge with the Seven Canyons Trust at Water Trivia! Grab a team of up to four friends, and head Downtown to Squatters Brewing on March 29th at 6PM. Trivia will start at 7PM. If you plan to play, please register before the event and arrive 15 minutes early to get settled. Registration is not required if you do not plan to play. Everyone is welcome! Local micro-brews will be available for purchase and enjoy free appetizers, courtesy of Squatters Brewing. All participants will be entered into an opportunity drawing to win awesome prizes from The Dodo Restaurant, Momentum Climbing, Patagonia, Porcupine Pub & Grille, Rio Grande Cafe, Wiseguys Comedy, and more! Guests must be 21 years or older. Join for some water-themed trivia fun for a watershed cause!