Ready to Hatch: Community Conservation

 

47995959398_398654cc54_o.jpgReady to Hatch, Tracy Aviary's garden party for a cause was last weekend, and it did not disappoint! Through the efforts and donations of everyone that attended, we were able to raise around $105,000 to support our conservation department. Events like this help fund many of our conservation science and community science projects, which do vital work in helping the wildlife and nature in our very own backyards. Along with the amazing food, drink, bird visitors, and music, the guests were able to enjoy our beautiful gardens and great company. We are grateful to everyone who came out to support this beautiful and important evening.

 

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47995935022_a7454bc259_o.jpgEvents like Ready to Hatch are the reason Tracy Aviary can do such great work in their feild!  With citizen/community science programs like the Breeding bird surveys, Alta bird monitoring project and Project broadtail, people of all commitment levels can help make a direct contribution to the work and research of the Tracy Aviary conservation department. While helping the Aviary in their efforts, these projects allow citizen scientists to relax and have fun as they learn all about the birds and nature of Utah. They include family friendly walks, hikes, and surveys for bird nerds of all ages and abilities. These projects extend far beyond our work at the Aviary to help native birds and their natural habitats all across the state, the country and more. Not to mention, they are a great way for people to get outside and enjoy nature while increasing their scientific understanding. 

 

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FOA_Nuthatch.jpgCitizen Science Breeding Bird Suveys: 

In partnership with Salt Lake Public Utilities and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Tracy Aviary has been conducting annual breeding bird surveys in City Creek Canyon, UT, since 2011. These surveys are conducted by people of the community along-side our conservation department to better identify and understand the native birds of Utah. While doing these Surveys, community scientiests get a chance to enjoy the great outdoors while looking for, listening for, and writing down information about the birds they find. The goal of this project is to generate science-based knowledge that helps provide the nessary tools for managers of the canyon. Over time, we hope to better understand how the amount of birds relates to the quality of the habitat they live in, and how we can use this information to support bird and habitat conservation. 

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PJ_50A6252.jpgAlta Bird Monitering Survey:

This survey is for the adventurous! Tracy Aviary citizen scientists join up with our expert birders in search of the feathered friends that call Alta home. Studying the birds in that unique, high elevation habitat allows us to better understand the species that live there. Our bird list and counts are continually growing, and so is our excitement! Surveys are done in summer on breeding birds and in winter, on skis or snow shoes, for non-breeding bird species.

 

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PBT2.jpgProject Broadtail:

Project Broadtail is a family friendly community science project that helps us better understand how to protect the Broad-tailed Hummingbird, which is a bird of conservation concern in the state of Utah. Participants have the choice to go on a easy hike or walk with our conservation team to search for and document the Broad-tailed Hummingbirds that they see around their home and in surrounding recreational areas. These surveys provide important information about Broadtail distribution patterns, habitat, and migration. They are fun, healthy, and important for the survival of a beautiful and important pollinator like the hummingbird. 

 

38453424592_c89b0e757f_o.jpgTracy Aviary's conservation and community science projects not only help our native natural lands, but helps in the public participation and collaboration of important research to better understand the world around us. If you are interested in getting involved with our community science program, or want to learn more about these or other Aviary projects, please visit our conservation site: http://www.tracyaviaryconservation.org

 

- Mackenzy Johnson, Public Relations Coordinator