What's living in your neighborhood?
SLC Neighborhood Naturalist engages citizen science volunteers—like you—in finding and identifying the wild plants and animals living in three open spaces managed by Salt Lake City. City staff will use the data we gather to help guide their management and restoration efforts.
Event Science Spotlight: Fox Squirrels
During this event, Dr. Eric Rickart, NHMU Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, and his team will be giving a brief presentation at 5:30pm about Fox Squirrels. This invasive species of tree squirrel was first reported in Utah in 2011 along the Jordan River around 1900 South. Fox Squirrels are now spreading along the Wasatch Front. Eric and his team are studying these squirrels, and learning about their distribution is the first step in understanding their impact here in Utah. Any observation of a Fox Squirrel on iNaturalist in the Salt Lake Valley helps this research! Join Dr. Rickart at this event to learn more about Fox Squirrels in Utah, and help NHMU find evidence of them in Hidden Hollow.
What do I need to bring?
- Bring your mobile device. If you don't have a mobile device, we'll have some on hand you can check out. If possible, download the iNaturalist app and set up your account before you arrive. If you need help getting set up, we'll be happy to assist you at the event.
- Long pants, closed-toe shoes, a water bottle, and sunscreen will help keep you safe and comfortable. You may want a daypack, jacket, or hat. Feel free to bring your favorite field guide to plants, birds, insects, etc.
What else will there be to do at this SLC Neighborhood Naturalists event?
We'll have hands-on nature activities for kids plus snacks and water for all to enjoy.
Watch a short iNaturalist tutorial to learn how to make great observations.