Tracy Aviary Staff Help Clean Up

Autumn brings cooler temperatures, changing leaves, migrating birds, and – for Tracy Aviary Staff – several opportunities to participate in local cleanup efforts. On Saturday, September 11th, Tracy Aviary’s conservation team helped with the International Coastal Cleanup Event at Great Salt Lake State Park. Friends of Great Salt Lake, Great Salt Lake Audubon, and National Audubon helped organize the event, in which volunteers helped removed trash from the shore of Great Salt Lake. All members of the conservation department, and around 10 community science volunteers joined many other volunteers at the cleanup. Although the conditions were rainy, participants had a great time and picked up all sorts of trash: from bottles and cans to sofas and tires. 

Also on September 11th, the Aviary’s education department hosted a Pack It Out Utah cleanup as part of a statewide trails and waterway cleanup. Around 25 volunteers plus staff picked up between 200-250lbs of trash from the Nature Center and down to General Holm Park on 4000 S. Volunteers included a group of students from the University of Utah, staff from Myriad Genetics’ Green Team, and families who use the trail. 

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On Monday, September 20th, Team Verde hosted an All Staff Jordan River cleanup event. The event, which was held in partnership with the Jordan River Commission, focused on cleaning up trash in the river itself. Participants used canoes supplied by the Jordan River Commission or their own personal boats to float the stretch of river between the Jordan River Nature Center and Redwood Trailhead Park. They loaded up their boats with any trash they found along the river, leaving that stretch of water much cleaner and healthier. 

Although it can be dirty, hard work, cleanups are a great way to improve and maintain ecologically important natural areas adjacent to urban spaces. Team Verde would like to thank everyone who helped out with any of the cleanup events this fall, and we look forward to organizing more in the future!

- Cooper Farr