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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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Episode 8: Flying deer

In this episode, DWR Big Game Projects Coordinator Kent Hersey explains why the Division uses helicopters to catch deer and other big game species each year. This podcast was originally recorded in November 2019.

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Episode 7: Unusual Easter egg hunt

In this episode, Jordan Holcomb, a native aquatics biologist for the DWR, talks about frogs in Utah, specifically the Columbia spotted frog. Native to Utah, this frog is on the Utah Sensitive Species List, due to population declines from loss of habitat as development expands across the Wasatch Front. In order to monitor the frog's population numbers, biologists go on a special kind of "Easter egg hunt" every spring.

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Episode 6: Inside a fish hatchery

In this episode, Brennan Hannifin, the DWR Springville Fish Hatchery Assistant Supervisor, explains all that goes into running a fish hatchery and why they are necessary. He also talks about the different species of fish that are raised in these state hatcheries and the different methods used to stock them around the state.

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