The Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

Mission Statement:
To increase awareness and conservation of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem through education and nature tourism.

Welcome to the 25th Annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival


Discover Davis, Utah’s Amusement Capital, is thrilled to welcome you once again to the Annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival! Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival has been providing birdwatchers from across the nation with exceptional birding opportunities for over two decades. Thanks to Great Salt Lake and surrounding mountain ranges, over 250 species and millions of birds migrate through the area each year, making Davis the perfect location for outstanding birdwatching for professionals and beginners alike.

By participating in the 2023 Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, you are sure to have endless encounters with feathered friends of all sizes, species, and colors. With the help of our festival sponsors and festival committee members, this year’s festival is shaping up to be exceptional in many ways.

Our 25th annual festival will feature 40 field trips throughout the Wasatch Front that provide attendees with exclusive experiences that are unique only to the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival. Our field trips leaders will take you through areas with open water, shores of fresh and saline lakes, sagebrush foothills, and evergreen forests, guaranteeing you an incredible experience and endless amount of bird sightings. Many field trips will explore some of Utah’s most beautiful State Parks, State Wildlife Areas, and National Refuge areas, as well as offer exclusive access to areas that cannot be visited by the general public. 

The 2023 festival will include 15 workshops featuring Hawkwatch International, our keynote speaker, and more. Attend these workshops to learn from birding experts and to get an up-close look at some of your favorite species. We are also pleased to announce the return of vendor and information booths, as well as the continuation of our free Family Day activities.

We are thrilled to once again host this year’s festival at the George S. and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Wildlife Education Center at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. Located on the outskirts of Great Salt Lake, this facility has proven to be a spectacular backdrop for all our birding activities.

Whether this is your first year attending or your 25th, we are happy to have you here for another wonderful Festival. Happy birding and be sure you share your photos with us! #gslbirdfest #discoverdavis

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


Registration Opens March 2023

  • Online registration is the only method of registering  
  • All tickets this year will be electronic in the form of a QR code
  • Purchased tickets are automatically emailed to the email address provided during checkout
  • Field trip leaders will be scanning ticket QR codes on each field trip to verify registration

25th Annual
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival
May 18-21, 2023


The Great Salt Lake Bird Festival is made possible by Discover Davis, Davis County, and many community and industry supporters. 


Many Thanks to our Festival Committee: Kristal Blessett – Chair, Jessica Merrill – Vice Chair, Trish Ackley, John Bellmon, Adam Blundell, Billy Fenimore, Danielle Finlayson, Valerie Frokjer, Heidi Hoven, Max Malmquist, Melissa Halvorsen, Don Paul, Nikki Wayment, Carol Henderson, and Wendy Wilson.


SAVE THE DATE 25th Great Salt Lake Bird Festival May 18-21, 2023