This was a very eventful month. Outside of the spectacular workshop in Chicago, my team and I have been monitoring a fledgling golden eagle and a few fledgling prairie falcons. On one of our visits we were actually lucky enough to witness all four fledgling prairie falcons make their first observed flight. Later that week we met with another office here in Utah and worked with fellow CBG employees to find and collect native seeds for the Seeds of Success program.
Also, we’ve completed our work in Hamlin Valley. This week we’ll be focusing on completing our reports and assessing how we can optimize sage grouse habitat while maintaining areas important other wildlife. This is particularly relevant for raptors, since they exploit Pinyon-Juniper for nesting, but also pose the largest threats to Sage Grouse.
Finally, we were invited to train with the Cedar City Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on proper capture and release of the threatened utah prairie dog. Their work centers primarily on extracting prairie dogs from properties where they pose as a nuisance or hazard, and releasing them at sites where they can prosper. So far this internship has been exposed me to a plethora of useful field experience, and I’m excited to how the coming months will unfold.