As Earth Day approaches on April 22, it's a poignant reminder to reflect on our role in preserving the natural wonders around us, particularly in a state as rich in biodiversity as Utah. With its diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes, there are numerous ways we can contribute to the conservation efforts. Here are six simple steps to help the fish and wildlife in your area.

Report Wildlife Sightings

Utilize apps like iNaturalist to record sightings of reptiles, amphibians, and birds. By joining groups like Herps of Utah on iNaturalist, your contributions can directly inform conservation decisions for local species.

Reduce Plastic Use and Litter

Trash and litter pose serious threats to wildlife through ingestion, entanglement, and habitat destruction. Dispose of garbage properly and minimize plastic usage to lessen the impact on wildlife and their habitats.

Diminish Light Pollution

Turn off outdoor lights at night, especially during bird migration seasons, to prevent disorientation and collisions. Taking simple measures like installing screens or modifying windows can also reduce bird-window collisions, saving thousands of bird lives each year.


Avoid Feeding Wildlife

While it might seem harmless, feeding wildlife can lead to various issues, including public safety concerns, disease spread, and habituation to human environments. Preserve wildlife's wildness by refraining from feeding them.

Don't Move or Transfer Wildlife

Transferring aquatic animals between different bodies of water or using live bait can spread diseases and introduce invasive species. Leave wildlife undisturbed and adhere to regulations to protect native species and ecosystems.

Purchase a Hunting or Fishing License

Hunters and anglers play a crucial role in wildlife conservation by funding essential projects through license fees. By buying a license, you contribute directly to the preservation of Utah's fish and wildlife habitats for future generations to enjoy.


As we commemorate Earth Day, let's commit to these simple yet impactful actions to protect Utah's wildlife and natural beauty. Every individual effort contributes to the collective endeavor of preserving our planet's biodiversity for the benefit of all life forms. For more information on how to get involved or purchase a license, visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website. Together, we can make a difference in safeguarding our precious natural heritage.

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