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DWR birdwatching events canceled, but here's where you can still view bald eagles in Utah

DWR birdwatching events canceled, but here's where you can still view bald eagles in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 27th - 12:18pm

COVID-19 concerns have forced the cancelation of traditional birdwatching events, but state biologists say there are many places to view bald eagles in Utah. Here's where you can find them.
Help wanted: Utah searches for 2 new members of the state wildlife board

Help wanted: Utah searches for 2 new members of the state wildlife board

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 26th - 4:34pm

The board that makes the final decisions on wildlife activities such as hunting and fishing, as well as how wildlife are managed is seeking two people to replace a pair of outgoing members.
'Political football'? Biden wants review of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase boundaries

'Political football'? Biden wants review of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase boundaries

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Updated Jan 20th - 8:14pm

As expected, President Joe Biden said he will have the U.S. Department of Interior conduct a review of the boundaries for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, both of which were created in a tempest of controversy and then later reduced amid equal outcry.
Wildlife agencies acquire 53 acres of 'vital' southern Utah habitat for threatened desert tortoise

Wildlife agencies acquire 53 acres of 'vital' southern Utah habitat for threatened desert tortoise

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 19th - 12:23pm

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reports that about 53 acres of land have been added to a large piece of land set aside to help the threatened Mojave desert tortoise and other species.
'It just makes our state so proud': 3 more Utah parks land International Dark Sky status

'It just makes our state so proud': 3 more Utah parks land International Dark Sky status

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 15th - 12:20pm

A trio of Utah State Parks was added to the list of parks across the world where viewing the night sky is considered best because of how light pollution is handled.
Utah's native June sucker to move from endangered to threatened — a major step in its comeback story

Utah's native June sucker to move from endangered to threatened — a major step in its comeback story

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 14th - 4:16pm

The June sucker, which is native to Utah Lake, was nearing extinction two decades ago. It will officially move from endangered to threatened next month.
Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record

Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 11:03am

Earth's rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported Thursday.
What will a Biden presidency mean for outdoors, environment issues in Utah?

What will a Biden presidency mean for outdoors, environment issues in Utah?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 13th - 12:55pm

Here's a look at outdoors and environmental issues that might be addressed differently once President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
New visitor contact station to restore 'heritage' of Cedar Breaks National Monument announced

New visitor contact station to restore 'heritage' of Cedar Breaks National Monument announced

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 13th - 7:10am

Cedar Breaks National Monument, which received a huge uptick in visitation in 2020, will soon have a new visitor contact station.
US triples daily numbers allowed at The Wave hike near Utah-Arizona border

US triples daily numbers allowed at The Wave hike near Utah-Arizona border

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 11th - 8:20pm

Outdoor enthusiasts and landscape photographers hoping to land one of the elusive permits needed to explore the colorful, contoured landscape of a hike called The Wave in the U.S. Southwest will have a better chance under a federal plan announced Monday.
Study: Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West

Study: Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Updated Jan 11th - 5:53pm

Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to a study released Monday.
DWR: Over 1K animals illegally killed, 773 citations issued throughout 2020

DWR: Over 1K animals illegally killed, 773 citations issued throughout 2020

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 11th - 3:36pm

The number of wildlife killed in 2020 dipped slightly from 2019 but the number of wildlife violations jumped 35% and citations issued for wanton wildlife destruction and other illegal activities outdoors increased 55% from the previous year, state wildlife officials said Monday.
Subject of '127 Hours' movie shares harrowing experience through virtual canyoneering series on Utah-based fitness app

Subject of '127 Hours' movie shares harrowing experience through virtual canyoneering series on Utah-based fitness app

Arianne Brown, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Jan 9th - 4:13pm

Eighteen years after Aron Ralston amputated his own arm to free himself from a boulder, he is sharing the harrowing experience with people through a fitness app that allows them to walk where he walked — all without leaving their home.
US climate report: Utah shatters dry record, parts of state break climate heat records in 2020

US climate report: Utah shatters dry record, parts of state break climate heat records in 2020

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 9th - 3:04pm

2020 resulted in the driest and one of the hottest years on record, a report issued by federal environmental officials Friday.
Orem businessman files lawsuit against Utah County following failed Bridal Veil Falls bid

Orem businessman files lawsuit against Utah County following failed Bridal Veil Falls bid

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 8th - 6:26pm

It appears the saga over the future of Bridal Veil Falls isn't over just yet.
Why Utah's waterbodies received nearly 8.2M additional fish in 2020

Why Utah's waterbodies received nearly 8.2M additional fish in 2020

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 8th - 12:33pm

More than 8.2 million fish were stocked across various lakes, rivers, reservoirs, creeks and ponds in Utah during 2020, according to figures released by state wildlife officials Friday.
Avalanche warning issued for Logan, Bear Lake mountains

Avalanche warning issued for Logan, Bear Lake mountains

Kelli Pierce, KSL Newsradio  |  Posted Jan 5th - 6:45pm

An avalanche warning has been issued for the mountains near Logan and Bear Lake. It runs through Wednesday at 6 a.m.
Utah man pleads guilty in Yellowstone dig seeking treasure

Utah man pleads guilty in Yellowstone dig seeking treasure

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 5th - 5:17pm

A Utah man has pleaded guilty after authorities said he was caught digging in a Yellowstone National Park cemetery in search of hidden treasure.
Utah's snowpack below average to begin 2021, but more snow on the way Monday evening

Utah's snowpack below average to begin 2021, but more snow on the way Monday evening

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 4th - 10:57am

Utah's snowpack levels are below average across the state entering the first full week of 2021 thanks to a bad year for precipitation in 2020.