The endangered razorback sucker has lived in the Colorado River and its tributaries for millions of years, but its existence has been threatened for decades due to rapidly changing habitat and the introduction of predatory nonnative fish.
The Moab Mosquito Abatement District board announced it will not do any more fogging to eradicate the plague of aggressive nuisance mosquitoes that have descended on Grand County in June and continues to vex residents and tourists alike.
The Colorado Plateau’s juniper trees are some of the hardiest species in the desert’s plant world. They have been known to endure tough conditions such as drought, and proportion their sizes to their sustaining elements, especially water.
Become a member of the Canyonlands Natural History Association before July 8 and then take a hike. A moonlight hike, that is, at Arches National Park.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is boosting its inspection and decontamination capacity along the routes leaving Lake Powell to more efficiently meet boater needs. Additionally, law enforcement is increasing its efforts to identify violators and cite them when necessary, according to a statement from DWR.
One of the great signals of summer in Utah are campfires, but officials at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in an email reminds residents that firewood from outside the state is prohibited.
The Moab Mosquito Abatement District will attempt to fog this week, likely Friday, but manager Libby Nance said there were no guarantees the fogging machine won’t break down again. Nance said the spray is labeled safe fore neighborhoods and that there is no danger from the “minute amounts of active ingredient we are applying.”
Spring ended when summer began, Friday, June 21, but the desert flora and fawna are still blooming. A Prince’s Plume is even flowering on top of Delicate Arch. Of the “Stanleya pinnata,” the newsletter of the Canyonlands Natural History Association commented,”What a view it must have from there.” Virginia resident Seth Vandivere smiles outside the door of Wolfe Cabin at the Delicate Arch trailhead.
The Bureau of Land Management announced June 17 that it is seeking contractors to provide corral space for wild horses and burros gathered from public rangelands in the West. The BLM will award contracts to facilities in the states of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming that can accommodate 500—3,500 wild horses and burros in safe, humane conditions. Corrals will serve as short-term holding and preparation facilities for animals to be transferred to off-range pastures or adoption and sale locations farther east.
Rattlesnakes strike fear in the hearts of some people. But they shouldn’t. Knowing a little about how these reptiles behave and doing a few simple things can go a long way in keeping people and the snakes safe.
The Moab Mosquito Abatement District will fog along the sloughs in the Colorado River, the Matheson Wetlands Preserve and into Moab neighborhoods beginning at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, after three traps were found to contain about 10,000 mosquitoes each earlier this week.