• 61 South Main Street Farmington, Utah 84025
  • M-F 8am to 5pm

May 16-19, 2024


Registration for the 2024 festival is now open! Watch our instructional registration video and remember to sign your waiver.

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Festival Schedule

Prepare for registration and take a peak at our 2024 festival schedule! Over 60 field trips and 11 workshops.

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Drop-in Hotspots

Stop by one of our four birding hotspots at a time that works for you for a free birding experience during the festival.

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Spotlight Bird

Discover our 2024 Spotlight Bird: the Black-Chinned Hummingbird. Dive into the world of this extraordinary avian now!

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Keynote Speakers

Get ready for this year's exhilarating festival keynote lineup, featuring three unique events, each led by a distinguished speaker.

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Family Day

Join us on Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm for a plethora of FREE birding activities the whole family will enjoy!

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Experience our hands-on festival workshops! From owl pellet dissections to live raptor encounters, there's something for all ages.

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Discover our latest official T-Shirt and Sweatshirt! Explore more official merchandise for this year's event in our shop.

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2024 Family Day

Join us at Family Day for a plethora of free activities and workshops to learn all things birds. These activities are perfect for family members of all ages and are completely FREE!

Opening Social & Art Workshop

Enjoy an evening of socializing and a FREE art workshop with Colleen Palmer, published comic book creator and artist, for a hands-on drawing session where you’ll create a short comic together.

Welcome to the 26th Annual

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

Discover Davis, Utah’s Amusement Capital, is pleased to once again welcome you to the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival in beautiful northern Utah. Davis County is home to the Great Salt Lake, a major North/South migration route for more than 250 bird species, making it one of the top places for birders to catch unique glimpses of our many feathered friends. Not only is Davis County a great place to find a variety of majestic birds, but it is also the ideal location for festival-goers to relax after a long day of birding. From hotels to dining and shopping to grabbing a quick breakfast before your adventure-filled day, you are in good hands as you go and Discover Davis!  

We are pleased to offer over 60 field trips and 11 workshops during this year’s festival. Our festival offerings are designed to create a unique experience with trips providing “behind the gates” access to areas that cannot be accessed by the general public. Attendees will be able to experience some of Utah’s most beautiful State Parks, State Wildlife Areas, and National Refuge areas. Utah is known for its diverse habitats, which result in a variety of birds. Vast deserts, high mountain peaks, rushing rivers, and of course, the saltiest lake in the country are sure to lure the most fascinating birds from all over the world! 

Festival headquarters will be hosted at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Wildlife Education Center at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. Located on the edge of the Great Salt Lake, you’ll discover a birder’s paradise at one of the most incredible natural locations in Utah. The festival will take place over the course of four days, along with pre and post-trips that will be available through festival partners. Field trips with provided transportation will meet at this breathtaking spot before heading out to experience the Wasatch Front, or if you prefer to drive yourself, many opportunities will be available for you to meet your guide on location.

Not only will birders have the opportunity to attend our unique field trips, but also have the chance to sit down for a night, socialize, enjoy dinner, and listen to the keynote address at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center. Free educational workshops will also be available for participants, and of course, our annual Family Day, where birders of all ages are invited to learn about birds, participate in hands-on activities, and even do some birdwatching of their own. 

We hope you will join us in our 26th year for another memorable festival. Happy Birding!


*All events and schedules are subject to change based on health department policies and other unforeseen circumstances

Have Questions?

For ways on how you can be involved, including sponsorships, additional information or questions about the GSL Bird Festival, please contact us.

About Us

Discover Davis

The Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, established in 1999 and organized by Discover Davis. With the support of a dedicated committee of Utah birding experts and consistent community partners, we have grown to become the preffered birding festival in the region. Drawing hundreds of attendees annually, the festival offers unique field trips, hands-on workshops, and engaging presentations by keynote speakers, providing a platform for passionate birders to celebrate the diverse array of migratory birds in the region while emphasizing the importance of habitat preservation. Participants can expect rare access to closed-off areas, diverse bird species sightings, and the enjoyment of Utah's outdoor beauty during the four-day event.

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