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Wasatch Wildlife Weekend

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

Keynote Speakers

Spencer Cox

Lt Governor Spencer Cox



  • Utah Lt. Governor

A former Sanpete County commissioner and Fairview mayor and city councilman, Cox, 38, was the vice-president of CentraCom, a rural telecommunications company. Born and raised in Fairview, Cox and his wife, Abby, both graduated from North Sanpete High School, Snow College, and Utah State University. He then graduated from the Washington and Lee law school with honors.

Following law school, Cox served as a law clerk to Federal District Judge Ted Stewart before practicing law at the Salt Lake City firm of Fabian and Clendenin. The Cox's are the parents of four children and come from Sanpete County families.

Greg Sheehan

Greg Sheehan


Director of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Sheehan, a DWR employee with 20 years' experience, has served in key advisory and administrative roles for some of the agency's most notable successes:

  • Enhancing more than 1 million acres of important wildlife habitat through the Watershed Restoration Initiative.
  • Boosting fish hatchery production to more than 1.1 million pounds per year by rebuilding and improving hatcheries.
  • Expanding access for Utah's sportsmen and women through new community fisheries, the Walk-in Access program and an access agreement with Utah's School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA).

 

 

Brett Prettyman

Brett Prettyman



Utah Bucket List

Brett Prettyman writes about the outdoors, recreation and fishing for The Salt Lake Tribune

Lynn Chamberlain

Lynn Chamberlain

Professional Wildlife Photographer

Lynn Chamberlain has spent the last 35 years photographing the wildlife and wild places of the United States. His interest in nature photography led him to earn a bachelor of science degree in biology and a bachelor of arts degree in photography. Over the years he has covered much of North America from Maine to California and Alaska to Hawaii capturing the beauty of the land and the majesty of its wildlife. He has been published in many national magazines, several books and numerous other publications. Lynn has a lot of experience promoting outdoor photography on television. He was the producer and host of the “Photo Tips” segment of a television show entitled “Utah Wild” which aired on PBS for 8 years. In 2006 and 2007 he produced and hosted a weekly show for The Outdoor Channel called “Outdoor Photo Adventures.” He is now engaged in the production of photography education videos that will soon be available on the internet. Lynn has developed a philosophy over time that is fundamental to the work that he produces. Simply stated, it is “the more you know about nature and wildlife, the better you will be able to capture it through the lens of a camera and the more enjoyment you will have along the way.”

Lynn considers himself an educator with a camera and loves to talk about wildlife and nature almost as much as he loves creating beautiful photographs. His workshops and seminars are always well attended and well received. Viewers find his videos very informative and well presented.

 

Presenters

 

Kathy Donnell

Kathy Donnell


Wasatch State Park

Kathy Donnell is a Park Naturalist for the Division of Parks and Recreation. She spent 15 years at Jordanelle State Park and the last 4 years at Wasatch Mountain State Park. Kathy enjoys getting people outside to learn about the importance of taking care of our natural resources. She is blessed to have the opportunity to care for a Great-horned Owl and Peregrine Falcon who are injured but do a great job of educating people about the importance of birds of prey.

Mark Forslund

Mark Forslund



Fly Casting – The Art of Casting a Fly Rod

Nikki Frey

Nikki Frey



Landscape for Wildlife

John Gilbert

John Gilbert



Chief Cook - Wolverine Dutch Oven

John teaches dutch oven cooking for UVU's Community Education program and does weekly demonstrations for 150 students. He is bringing to market the UVU patented Wolverine Dutch Oven.

Kimberly Hersey

Kim Hersey



DWR Avian Program Coordinator

River Otters and their mgt in the region and state

Covy Jones

Covy Jones

Big Game Management in the Central Region

Covy is the Wildlife Program Manager in the Central Region for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR). Originally from God's Country (AKA Castle Dale, Utah) he received his bachelor’s degree at Utah Valley University in Biology and then started working for the Shrub Sciences Research Laboratory (USDA, Forest Service Research) doing dendrochronology and plant materials development work. In 2006 Covy somehow convinced the BYU Plant and Wildlife Science administration that he should be accepted to the MS program from which he graduated, in record time--four and a half years later. In 2008 Covy came to work for UDWR as the Native Forb Biologist, where he continued in plant materials development until 2010 when he took a position in the Central Region as the Habitat Restoration Biologist and progressed to the regional wildlife manager. In his current position as the Wildlife Program Manager works with his biologists managing healthy productive wildlife populations balanced with depredation issues. When not at work, Covy can be found hiking, hunting, or camping with his family hoping to catch a glimpse of some monster mule deer that everyone else has missed.

George Oliver

George Oliver

George Oliver works as a zoologist for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. He holds a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Illinois. Although he has worked with all groups of vertebrates as well as some groups of invertebrates, his work currently is with non-game mammals, especially the ecology, management, and conservation of shrews, bats, and rare or poorly known rodents in Utah. Field work with mammals has taken him to many parts of America as well as to Scandinavia, México, Central America, South America, and Australia.

Bats of Utah and their mgt.

Patti Richards

Patti Richards



Great Basin Wildlife Rescue

Justin Robinson

Justin Robinson



Assistant Project leader

Strawberry Reservoir Fishery Management

John Shivik

John Shivik



DWR Mammals Program Coordinator

Dr Shivik will be discussing black bears and their management in the region and state

Alan Ward

Alan Ward


Strawberry Reservoir Fishery Management

Graduated from Utah State University with a BS degree in Fisheries and Wildlife, and then obtained a MS degree from Utah State in Aquatic Ecology. Started working for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in 1998 as a database manager and information specialist in the Habitat Section. Started working as a fisheries biologist at Strawberry Reservoir in 2000, and has since moved up to Project Leader position of the Strawberry Project.

Merrill Webb

Merrill Webb

Bird Identification

Merrill is considered one of the state's top bird experts and has dedicated his life toward sharing his knowledge to educate and generate excitement and appreciation for our states birds. Merrill taught biology at Provo High School for 31 years and taught at the Utah County Academy of Science for 6 years. Merrill has performed bird surveys for the United States Forest Service for 18 years, is very involved with (and has served as President of) the Utah County Birders Association.

David Yoder

Dr. David Yoder


Lecturer of Anthropology

Dr Yoder is an archaeologist who has worked in the region for over a decade. He is currently a professor at Utah Valley University and the permitting archaeologist in the Utah Governor’s Public Lands Policy Coordination Office.

 
 

Field Trip Guides

 

Kathy Donnell

Kathy Donnell



Wasatch State Park

Hiking-Photography-Wasatch Mountain State Park

Hiking–Geology-Wasatch State Park

Will Duke

Will Duke



Horse Back Riding

Will Duke is the owner of Duke Brother’s Horses. Will grew up riding horses and farming cattle. His passion for horses inspired him to start his horseback riding/pony party business.

Mark Forslund

Mark Forslund



Fly Casting – The Art of Casting a Fly Rod

Jim Harris

Jim Harris

Dr Harris will be speaking on the Biology of Wasatch during the excursion on the Heber Valley Railroad

Jim Harris is a Professor of Biology at Utah Valley University, where he has been employed since 1986. He teaches biology and botany classes, along with a field-based Science Excursion course he created shortly after arriving at UVU.

Jim maintains an active faculty-student research program, studying plant species of arctic and alpine distribution, and consults with the government of Canada on the status of the endangered plant species, Hairy Braya, which he rediscovered in the Canadian Arctic in 2004. He and his wife, Melinda Woolf Harris, are coauthors of the book, “Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary,” which is used in botany courses in colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada.

Daniel Horns

Daniel Horns

Geology, Biology of Wasatch , Excursion on Heber Valley Railroad

Dr Daniel Horns, the associate dean of the College of Science and Health, uses his expertise in geologic hazards, water resources and groundwater pollution to teach his students about the interaction between geology and society. A member of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists as well as the Utah Professional Geologists Licensing Board, Horns has presented his findings at multiple national meetings. Before joining UVU in 1997, he worked as a geologist for Kleinfelder Engineering. His work at UVU has won him several awards, including the Alumni Association Teacher of the Year in 1999, the Science and Health Teacher of the Year in 2001, and the Presidential Award of Excellence for Inclusion in 2014. Horns appreciates the way UVU cultivates relationships across disciplines and the innovative opportunities that these relationships provide for students. He and his wife have two boys and love mountain sports — especially those involving snow — and experiencing the cultures of the world.

Robert Walters

Robert Walters



DNR Watchable Wildlife

Bird Watching - Osprey

Merrill Webb

Merrill Webb

Birding Hike- Bottom Jordanelle Dam

Birding Hike – Strawberry Reservoir

Merrill is considered one of the state's top bird experts and has dedicated his life toward sharing his knowledge to educate and generate excitement and appreciation for our states birds. Merrill taught biology at Provo High School for 31 years and taught at the Utah County Academy of Science for 6 years. Merrill has performed bird surveys for the United States Forest Service for 18 years, is very involved with (and has served as President of) the Utah County Birders Association.

Dan Whiting

Dan Whiting



Wild Edible Plants of the Wasatch