Land & Environment

USU Uintah Basin Students Help Gather Data for Reintroduction of Black-Footed Ferrets

By Taylor Emerson |

Video by Taylor Emerson, Digital Journalist, University Marketing & Communications

Students at USU Uintah Basin have the chance to participate in hands-on paid internship experiences as wildlife technicians in the region. The Prairie Dog Crew interns work to survey for active and inactive prairie dog burrows to estimate populations in a given habitat area. These estimates are used to plan for the reintroduction and management of the endangered black-footed ferret.

Other internship crews focus on Northern Goshawks, Ferruginous Hawks and Greater Sage-grouse. USU works alongside wildlife biologists from cooperating agencies, including the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Ashley National Forest and the Green River District Vernal Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.


Taylor Emerson
Digital Journalist
University Marketing and Communications
(435) 797-2262


Mark Chynoweth
Assistant Professor
Department of Wildland Resources


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