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UVU Presents First annual Wasatch Wildlife Weekend

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May 7, 2014

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton, 801-863-6807

Written by: Heather Wrigley, 801-863-8504

Utah Valley University Community and Continuing Education, in partnership with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Department of Natural Resources, is presenting an educational wildlife and nature conference from June 19–21 that includes workshops, Dutch oven meals, live entertainment and field trips for registrants 18 and older.

The first annual Wasatch Wildlife Weekend kicks off on Thursday, June 19, at 6 p.m. and runs through Saturday, June 21.

Thursday’s lineup includes a welcome and introduction by Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox on behalf of Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, followed by a notable lineup of keynote speakers including Greg Sheehan, UDWR director; Brett Prettyman, Salt Lake Tribune outdoor writer; and Fred Gowans, renowned author and emeritus professor of Western U.S. studies and Native American history at Brigham Young University.

Friday, June 20, will feature an array of workshops presented by professors and professionals in their respective fields of natural earth science — wildlife, biology, geology, botany, archaeology, astronomy and early Utah history and cultures. A highlight of the activities will be the release of a bird of prey back to the wild by Great Basin Wildlife Rescue. The day will conclude with a Dutch oven meal, live entertainment and demonstrations by performers and motivational speakers from The Hired Guns.

Saturday, participants will be able to select from a variety of multiple outdoor opportunities: field trips on the Heber Valley Railroad with lectures on geology, biology and archaeology; a trip to Cascade Springs; Osprey bird watching; nature and wildlife photography; hiking and fly fishing the Provo River; identifying wild, edible plants; visiting Wasatch Mountain State Park; and traveling scenic drives including Midway, Park City, Alta and upper Provo River falls. Horseback riding will also be available at an extra fee.

Registration is $129 for the full conference. Learn more and register online at uvu.edu/conferences/www or call 801-863-8012.

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Patti Richards

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