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Wasatch Wildlife Weekend

Utah Valley University - Wasatch Campus
Heber City, Utah
June 19 - 21, 2014

Conference Events

Class: Bird Identification

Participants will learn how to identify birds of the region and learn some amazing facts about our local birds. Bird photos, bird mounts, bird calls, etc will be used to help birders and potential birders learn how to recognize birds, learn good locations to look for birds and other information to help participants on their way to becoming better "birders".

Presenter: Merrill Webb
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Class: Great Basin Wildlife Rescue

Discover how Great Basin Wildlife Rescue came into operation and the interesting, demanding schedule Patti must keep on a daily (and nightly) basis to help rehabilitate injured wildlife. Participants will learn about the different types of wildlife Patti and her group care for and what you should do should you find an injured wild bird or animal.

Presenter: Patti Richards
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Class: Fisheries Management in the Central Region

Mike will discuss fisheries management strategies for the many popular fishing waters in the central region, answer questions and discuss opportunities (and a few hot tips) for catching fish.

Presenter: Mike Slater, DWR Regional Aquatics Manager
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Class: Strawberry Reservoir Fishery Management and Fishing Tips

Strawberry Reservoir is the state's most popular fishery. Alan and Justin will discuss the past, present and future management of the reservoir, answer questions and have some helpful fishing information on how to catch the Bear Lake cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon found in the reservoir.

Presenters: Alan Ward, Project Leader & Justin Robinson, Assistant Project leader
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Class: Black Bear Management in the State of Utah

Find out how the black bear is managed within the state of Utah and learn interesting facts about Utah's black bears. There will be a question and answer period.

Presenter: John Shivik, DWR Mammals Program Coordinator
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Class: River Otter Management in the Provo River (and in the state)

A discussion on the history of Utah's river otter population, recent re-introductions in the Provo River and other otter management activities throughout the state.

Presenter: Brian Maxfield, DWR Biologist
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Class: Bats of Utah

Discover Utah's amazing bats and the DWR's management of these amazing flying mammals.

Presenter: Kim Hersey, DWR Avian Program Coordinator
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Class: Big Game Management in the Central Region

Wildlife Manager Covy Jones will discuss big game management strategies in the central region and efforts made to help Utah's deer herd and other big game species found within the region. Covy will also answer questions during the presentation.

Presenter: Covy Jones, Wildlife Manager
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Class: Videography & Photography Tips

Lynn will help participants acquire a better understanding of their photographic equipment and proper settings for creating excellent videos and photos. Lynn will seek to answer several questions during the class as well.

Presenter: Lynn Chamberlain
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Class: Fly Casting – The Art of Casting a Fly Rod

Learn about the fly rod, feel and tackle involved in fly fishing. Enjoy a demonstration from a professional fly fisherman and practice the skills yourself. Class will be outside.

Presenter: Mark Forslund
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Class: Daytime Moon
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Presenter: Kathy Donnell, Wasatch State Park
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Class: Landscape for Wildlife
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Presenter: Nikki Frey
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Class: Early Archaeological Evidence along the Wasatch

People have been living in Utah and the eastern Great Basin for over 12,000 years! Come learn about Utah's prehistoric inhabitants, its archaeological cultures, and its amazing artifacts and rock art.

Presenter: Dr. David Yoder, UVU Professor
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Fieldtrips

Fieldtrip: Geology, Biology of Wasatch , Excursion on Heber Valley Railroad
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Field Guides:
Dr. Daniel Horn
Dr. Jim Harris
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Fieldtrip: Midway Fish Hatchery
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Fieldtrip: Bird Watching
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Guide: Robert Walters, DNR Watchable Wildlife
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Fieldtrip: Hiking-Photography-Wasatch Mountain State Park
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Guide: Kathy Donnell
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Fieldtrip: Birding Hike- Bottom Jordanelle Dam
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Guide: Merrill Webb
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Fieldtrip: Fishing the Provo River
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Guide: Mark Forslund
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Fieldtrip: Wild Edible Plants of the Wasatch
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Guide: Dan Whiting
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Fieldtrip: Horseback Riding

The participants of the Wasatch Wildlife Weekend will experience a true cowboy horseback ride in the mountains. The hour long ride will begin at the beautiful trail just above the UVU Wasatch Campus. This beautiful scenic ride will provide stress relief and spiritual healing.

Guide: Will Duke
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Fieldtrip: Hiking – Geology-Wasatch State Park
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Guide: Kathy Donnell
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Fieldtrip: Birding Hike – Strawberry Reservoir
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Guide: Merrill Webb
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Fieldtrip: Jordanelle Reservoir – A vital Gem in the Provo River Drainage System
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Guide: Self-Guided Tour

Fieldtrip: Scenic Drive – Midway to Park City or Brighton
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Guide: Self-guided Tour

Fieldtrip: Scenic Drive – Upper Provo River Falls
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Guide: Self-guided Tour

Featured Events

 Brett Prettyman Salt Lake Tribune

Thursday, June 19th - Brett Prettyman: The Utah Bucket List

Brett, an outdoors writer for the Salt Lake Tribune, has developed "The Utah Bucket List" in cooperation with KUED. Brett's emphasis is on locations and activities that require little equipment and no access fees. Prettyman just wants people to get out and do these things! He said, "We live in an amazing state, and I don't think people realize that."

Brett will share some of the most spectacular experiences found in Utah. If you love the outdoors or just want to get out and start really living, come and create your own to-do list of thrilling experiences that you must do in mortality.

Dutch Ovens
Thursday, June 19th - Dutch Oven Dessert
Friday, June 20th - Dutch Oven Dinner, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

John Gilbert, who teaches UVU's highly popular Dutch Oven cooking classes, will delight attendees with an assortment of Dutch Oven cooking using his award winning recipes. Sample chocolate Dutch Oven desserts Thursday evening and enjoy a full Dutch Oven dinner, included and served to all conference pass holders on Friday.

Friday, June 20th 9:15-1015 am - TBA

Keynote Speaker - TBA

Live Entertainment - Hired Guns

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