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Searching for Toads

July 23, 2017

Utah biologists roam the wetlands of Monte Cristo in search of boreal toads. Boreal toad populations have been shrinking around the West. The large toads are difficult to study, but Utah scientists are trying to get a better idea of how local populations are doing.

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Climbing Malan’s Peak

July 21, 2017

In between the city of Ogden and the summits of the Wasatch Range sits Malan’s Peak. The summit of the rocky triangular peak rises above Central Ogden to a height of just under 7,000 feet.

Despite a 2,000 foot climb, the Malan’s Peak Trail is popular during the summer as it winds through thick evergreens over cool creeks.

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Bird Festival Owl Prowl

May 19, 2017

The 19th annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival kicked off on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The event features 50 field trips, workshops and lectures covering wild birds throughout Northern Utah. One of the first trips was Thursday’s Owl Prowl on Antelope Island.

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Kayaking on the high Ogden River

March 1, 2017

Although this year’s unusually wet February created challenges around Northern Utah, one group has been enjoying all of the water. Despite freezing temperatures and icy water, kayakers have begun racing through the high water rapids in Ogden Canyon.

For the past three weeks, Pineview Water Systems has been releasing water from Pineview Dam at a rate that hasn’t been seen in years. This creates larger and more technical rapids, especially in the stretch of the Ogden River known as The Narrows near the mouth of the canyon. This 1.4-mile stretch of river is considered a Class V run when the water reaches such heights. American Whitewater describes Class V as “extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to added risk.”

Further upstream, the Ogden River is a more relaxed, but still technical route, with pockets of Class III and IV rapids spread amongst the homes and lodges.