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Episode 13: Sky raptors

In this episode, DWR Avian Conservation Program Coordinator, Russell Norvell, talks all about some lesser-known wildlife in Utah: Birds of prey. Ranging from tiny flammulated owls to the large endangered California condors, these birds all have unique characteristics and play a large part in the ecosystem. You will also get a look at the unique sport of falconry — using raptors as a weapon in hunting upland game — as well as ways you can help these incredible birds.

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Episode 12: Traveling wildlife

In this episode, DWR Wildlife Migration Initiative Coordinator Daniel Olson talks about why it is important for wildlife to migrate, things that can obstruct that migration, and how the DWR and its partners are helping wildlife to make those necessary movements across Utah — as well as some unique stories of things learned while tracking wildlife!

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Episode 11: Fighting the STD of the Sea

In this episode, DWR Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Nathan Owens and DWR Aquatic Invasive Species Field Operations Lt. Bruce Johnson talk about quagga mussels in Utah — what they are, why they are bad, how DWR is fighting to keep them from spreading to other waterbodies, and what boaters should know.

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Episode 10: Blue Ribbon Fisheries

In this episode, DWR Sportfish Coordinator Randy Oplinger and Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council Chair Herbert Ley talk about the Blue Ribbon Fisheries program in Utah — what it is, its purpose, and how these cream-of-the-crop waterbodies are selected and highlighted as some of the best fishing opportunities in Utah.

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Episode 9: Sunrise dance party

In this episode, DWR Upland Game Coordinator Heather Talley talks about one of Utah's most unique bird species, the sage grouse. There are two different species of sage grouse in Utah, and each species has an incredible mating dance. DWR biologists are lucky enough to see it each spring when they do population surveys of the species.

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