RadioACTive 01.10.24

  • January 10, 2024
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Grassroots activists gear up for the Utah legislative season. Tune in to hear how you can get involved with the Sierra Club of Utah's Community Advocates Program, a Rally to Save Our Great Salt Lake, and GSL vigils. Audubon Society on its annual Christmas Bird Count. Plus, RadioACTive's Valene MC with a Russian Orthodox Christmas story.

Tonight's show features the following people, organizations and/or events. Check them out and get plugged into your community!

Poet Nan Seymour will once again keep vigil for the Great Salt Lake during the 2024 General Session of the Utah Legislature. This year, she's taking it to The People's House with a variety of community partners and events.  

  • Jan. 16-Mar. 1: Great Salt Lake Vigil at the Capitol 2024. Walk the Waves M-F @ 8:00 a.m. and Celebrate the Species M-F @ 5:00 p.m. "Help us make our great love for Great Salt Lake visible during the 2024 Utah State Legislative Session! We need many hearts and hands! We need some lake friends to carry the waves around the Capitol and others to activate bird and brine shrimp puppets that will represent the many beyond-human lives that are at stake along with our own. Sign up for one day or three or every day of the vigil. We will be glad to be with you on the steps!"

  • Jan. 20: , 3:00 p.m. at the Utah State Capitol, 310 N. State St., SLC. Event by Save Our Great Salt Lake: "Join us for a Rally to Save Our Great Salt Lake outside on the south steps of the Utah State Capitol to kick off the 2024 Legislative Session and learn how you can get involved." Featured speakers include author Terry Tempest William, Forrest Cuch of the Ute Indian Tribe, BYU Prof. Ben Abbott, and emcee-poet-vigil keeper Nan Seymour.

Rebekah Ashley of the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club, which just this week launched a new program to support Utah communities' access to federal funds for climate and environmental initiatives.

Jeanne Le Ber of the Great Salt Lake Audubon, which recently completed its annual Christmas Bird Count.

  • Jan. 16: Birds ‘n Bites- A Look into the Urban Ecology of Birds, 7:00 p.m. online. Event by Great Salt Lake Audubon: "Elias Johnson, an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University, and Gonzalo ‘Gonz’ Ramírez, Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Arizona State University, explore the lives of city birds. Learn how they survive, adapt, and deal with challenges in our urban environment. Discover what we can do to support them. Johnson is studying biodiversity and conservation and has worked with multiple environmental advocacy groups throughout Utah. Ramírez’s academic interests are morphometrics, vertebrate biology, and urban ecology. Before his appointment at ASU, he studied biology at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México where he started his career as a paleontologist and later accomplished his dream of studying bird populations in the Pedregal de San Ángel. Ramírez has published articles related to native and exotic species dynamics, as well as the effect of migratory birds on resident bird populations. Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting."

  • Feb. 16-19: Great Backyard Bird Count Challenge, an annual event sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Birds Canada. These groups work together to bring the joy of bird watching to the public and to engage local communities to collect data on resident birds. Launched in 1998, the GBBC was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. The goal of the Great Backyard Bird Count is to help scientists better understand global bird populations before their spring migration. This is where you, the local birder, can contribute to this worldwide effort. Spend time in your favorite places watching birds—then report what you see. You can spend as little as 15 minutes or an hour, or all day for four days watching birds. Identify, count, and submit the birds you observe to help scientists better understand and protect birds around the world. Last year 96 Utah birders counted 181 species. Utah ranked 16th out of the 50 states with the highest number of species recorded."

RadioACTive's Valene MC shares a Russian Orthodox Christmas story. St George Russian Orthodox Church based in Murray, Utah and Valene connected with the church’s ArchPriest, Father Michael van Opstal and its members as they all shared the origin of their church, including their newly received Church bells that were made in Russia and installed just in time to celebrate Russian Orthodox Christmas. Christmas for Russian Orthodox members was last Sunday, Jan 7, and Christmas celebrations continue throughout the week amongst the Russian Orthodox community all over the globe including right here in Utah.

Guests' views, thoughts, or opinions are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff, or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, KRCL 90.9fm. Questions, comments, or suggestions for the show? Email Tonight's RadioACTive team included: