conservation

U contributes to first-ever nationwide mammal survey

A new 50-state survey shows Utah in the top 10 nationally for raccoons, bobcats and red foxes.


The mouse is light brown fur, a long tail and cute round ears holds a bunch of leaves in its mouth while scurrying across dead leaves on the ground.

Rediscovery of the ‘extinct’ Pinatubo volcano mouse

In 1991, a volcano in the Philippines had the second-most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Its effects were devastating—but a mouse feared to have gone extinct survived.


How do U… start birding?

Birds are all around, and all you need to get started is an observant eye.


Two African crested rats stand face to face, nuzzling each other. The rodents are rabbit-sized and resembles a gray puffball crossed with a skunk. Their fur is various shades or brown and gray, with dark stripts that line its flanks from leg to its face.

The secret social lives of giant poisonous rats

The African crested rat’s fur is packed with a poison so lethal just a few miligrams can kill a human. Biologists confirmed where it gets its poison, and uncovered an unexpected social life.


Community science birding data does not yet capture global bird trends

More observations and more focus on common birds could fill the data gap.


Lavender wisteria cascades off of a trellis in the foreground with bright green conifers and other plants in the background.

10 reasons to renew your Red Butte Garden membership

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Red Butte Garden made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 concert series. But a membership offers much more than just the music.


ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY

A celebration of biodiversity and the U scientists who help preserve it.


ECOLOGY ON THE RUNWAY

Science and fashion meet to teach researchers how to connect with the public.


CONSERVATION EFFORTS

Expanding the research mission of Red Butte Garden’s Conservation Department to restore rare Utah plants.


WORD-WISE ABOUT WATER-WISE

Understanding differences in plant terminology is important for designing and maintaining successful low-water-use landscapes.