On April 6, Amy Sibul from the Biology Department and two students presented at the Birds and the Bees Appy Hour. With springtime approaching, it is a fun time to watch wildlife, and yes, there are apps for that!
The first student, Doug, talked about the University of Utah Beekeeping Association and the hives at the U. The Beekeeping Association hosts a few events each month to care for the hives and teaches others about beekeeping. There are over 1000 species of bees in Utah, the beehive state! While discussing projects and beekeeping, Doug passed out a former queen bee and wax from the hives. During the entire event, live bees hummed in their portable display container.
Colter, the student leader of the University of Utah Wildlife Society discussed the American Kestrel box project. There are several boxes around campus, including one on the Tree of Hippocrates by the southwest corner of the Eccles Library. Once a pair of kestrels start a nest, the wildlife society has equipment to provide a live stream on this website.
Both Amy and Colter demoed several birdwatching apps available. They discussed the pros and cons of the various apps, in addition to recommending guide books. Two apps are particularly interesting for those living in Utah. The first is Birding Utah, which has information about birdwatching locations and bird species in Utah. The second app, BirdsEye, includes a location map of bird sightings near you. Users can record their sightings and see what other birds are potentially nearby.
Amy also talked about a few insect identification apps. Unfortunately the insect apps are not as robust as the birding apps. For a full listing of the apps presented, please view the handout in the Appy Hour archive.
Happy beekeeping, birding, and identifying wildlife species!