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    Swaner ShortsEvery Friday from 2:00 - 2:30pm at the EcoCenter 

    We're excited to introduce our new weekly nature discussion, Swaner Shorts. Join a Swaner naturalist at the EcoCenter to learn about a neat nature topic each week. Each Swaner Shorts program will include a short presentation about the topic of the week and hands-on opportunities to learn about it. This program is great for all ages and no registration is required. 

    July 1

    Cutthroat Trout

    July 8

    Woodpeckers

    July 15

    Cancelled: Our staff will be out at a training. See you next week!

    July 22

    Beat the heat with a LEED building tour!

    July 29

    Moth Talk

    February 18

    Elk

    Let's get to know our favorite winter visitors here at Swaner!

    February 25

    An Intro to Snow

    Come with us onto the Preserve while we take a look at the layers of snow and learn about what snow teaches us about our winter and what it will mean for us moving forward.

    March 4

    Animal Tracks

    Learn how to be an expert at identifying animal tracks by learning with a Naturalist and practicing outside!

    March 11

    Migration

    Animals are coming back to Swaner! Where did some of our most notable birds go and what are they busy doing once they get home? Learn the importance of the great basin watershed to our migratory friends.

    March 18

    Scat

    Join a Swaner Naturalist to learn about the big, wide world of poop! That's right, we are talking about animal's poop.

    March 25

    Sandhill Cranes

    Our unofficial mascot has returned to the Preserve from their winter home! These 4 foot tall birds will begin their mating and nesting soon, so come to this session to learn all about it.

    April 1

    The Migratory Bird Act

    Let's learn the history of the Migratory Bird Act Treaty and how it protects our feathery friends today!

    April 8

    Swallows

    Swallows are a sure sign of spring here on the Preserve! Join us to learn what makes swallows so special by talking about their behavior, migration patterns, and nests!

    April 15

    How Do Wetlands Filter Water?

    Wetlands are like a supermarket, they have everything needed for a healthy ecosystem. One really important item in their inventory is their ability to filter water! Join us to learn about how wetlands keep our water clean. Come with closed toed shoes that you don't mind getting a bit muddy. We'll take a walk out onto the wetlands of the Preserve.

    April 22

    Earth Day!

    How did earth day come to be and what can we do to help take care of our beautiful planet? Join us to find out!

    April 29

    What Makes a Healthy Stream?

    Join a swaner Naturalist to learn about what makes a healthy stream! Come with closed toed shoes that you don't mind getting a bit muddy. We'll take a walk out to the stream to explore.

    May 6

    Raptors

    Eagles, and falcons, and hawks - oh my! Dive into the amazing world of raptors at this session of Swaner Shorts and learn about what makes these kinds of birds so incredible.

    May 13

    Watersheds and the Water Cycle

    Where is our water at Swaner from and where is it going? Come meet with a Swaner Naturalist to learn about the water cycle and our place in it all!

    May 20

    What are the Health Benefits of Nature?

    Did you know that spending time in nature can benefit both your mental and physical health? Join a Swaner Naturalist to learn how and test it out!

    May 27

    Uinta Ground Squirrels 

    Commonly called "potguts" in Utah, Uinta ground squirrels play an important role in the food web at the Swaner Preserve. Come to this session to find out more about these critters and how to protect them!

    June 3

    What are the Health Benefits of Nature?

    Did you know that spending time in nature can benefit both your mental and physical health? Join a Naturalist to learn how and test it out!

    June 10

    Waterfowl

    What kind of waterfowl can we find on the Preserve? Come to this discussion to learn more about these types of birds and for a chance to spot some on the beaver pond right outside the EcoCenter!

    June 17

    What Makes an Invasive Weed Invasive?

    Learn what invasive weeds do to our local ecosystem, how some of them were introduced to our area, and what we're doing at Swaner to mitigate these non-native species.

    June 24

    What in the World is the Duck Stamp?

    Lets talk about our nation's longest running conservation fundraiser and what it means to us here at Swaner!

    Hunter Klingensmith

     Name: Hunter Klingensmith

     Position: Visitor Experience and Exhibit Manager

     E-mail: hunter.klingensmith@usu.edu

     Phone: 435-797-8943