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Field Trips

2016 web Utah County Suzie Holt
Photo by: Suzie Holt's daughter
Utah County Field Trip
2016 web group field trip
Field trip with Julie Zickefoose
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Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Field Trips

Unless otherwise noted, participants should bring binoculars, water, snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trip, camera, sunscreen, hat, and appropriate clothing.

Below is the recent 2017 Festival Schedule.  The 2018 Festival Schedule will be available after January 1st.

Unless otherwise noted, participants should bring binoculars, water, snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trip, camera, sunscreen, hat, and appropriate clothing.
Unless otherwise noted, participants should bring binoculars, water, snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trip, camera, sunscreen, hat, and appropriate clothing.

Thursday, May 18th

#1

5:15 am –10 am

 

4-Mile Ranch

Val Grant, Bret Selman, Bret Mossman, Jolene Rose

Tour the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award-winning 4-Mile Ranch. This is a working ranch that practices beneficial wildlife stewardship and is owned and operated by the Selman Family. Here you will have an opportunity to see the Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse and, with a little luck, their breeding dance. Other species that are often seen at the Ranch include: Sandhill Crane, Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Northern Harrier, Grasshopper, Sage, Vesper, and Brewer’s Sparrows, Wild Turkey, Dusky and Ruffed Grouse, Mountain Bluebird, and Hairy Woodpecker. Meet at the McDonald’s in Hyrum at 5:15 am. It is a moderate hike to the site. Accommodations will be arranged for those unable to hike. Bring water and snacks

Limit 20. Own vehicles. Cost $15

#2

6 am – 6 pm

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Deseret Ranch

Billy Fenimore, Steve Hoffman

Enjoy a birding adventure on Deseret Land & Livestock, the largest ranch in Utah. This working ranch encompasses over 250,000 acres of diverse habitats including sub-alpine meadow, mountain forest, sage-steppe, wet meadow, wetland marsh, ponds, lakes and streams, and has a bird list of 260 species. Expect a day list of 100 species or more including: Ferruginous Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Sage grouse, Sage Thrasher, Brewer’s and Sage sparrow, Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky, Olive-sided and Cordilleran Flycatchers, American Dipper, Lazuli Bunting, Caspian Tern, and migrant warblers. Meet at the Park-N-Ride lot on the NW corner of South Weber Drive & Hwy 89. Take Exit #405 off Utah Hwy 89, go west. The lot is just south of the Hwy 89 and I-84 junction on the west side of UT Hwy 89.

Limit 25. Mini-bus. Cost $80

#3

6 am – 6 pm

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Raptor Roadtrip

Don Paul, Randy Chatelain

Spend a day exploring the ecology of some of Utah’s most

charismatic birds including a nesting pair of osprey. We will investigate Summit and Rich county landscapes including Deseret Ranch, that are the breeding and foraging habitats of large diurnal raptors. Golden Eagles, Red-tailed, Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks, Northern Harriers, Prairie and Peregrine falcons, Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned hawks and Northern Goshawk make their home in these same mountain forests. We will be watchful for Great Horned Owl, Turkey Vulture, Osprey and the ubiquitous American Kestrel. Don will help with identification of these magnificent birds of prey, as well as describe the various color morphs we encounter. He will discuss and show nesting strategies and behavior, as well as predator/prey relationships. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 8. Vans. Cost $75

#4

7 am – 12 pm

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Swaner EcoCenter

Vivian Schneggenburger

Swaner’s high altitude wetland meadows and uplands are home to more than 70 species of birds. The EcoCenter is conveniently located just off I-80 in the heart of Kimball Junction. Sandhill Cranes have successfully nested and reared young in recent years and are very visible in the spring months. Enjoy gorgeous mountain views and walk in areas of the preserve normally closed to the public. Possible species include Mountain Bluebirds, Yellow-headed and Red-winged blackbirds, swallows, various raptors and Yellow Warblers. Meet Vivian in the SE corner of the ShopKo parking lot (behind Red Lobster) in Salt Lake City (exit 1300 East off I-80). Wear your ‘mud shoes’ just in case. A visit to the Swaner EcoCenter is included in the ticket fee. Take time to explore the engaging exhibits in the greenest building in Utah! Visit www.swanerecocenter.org for more information.

Limit 10. Own Vehicles. Cost $15

#5

7 am – 2 pm

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ISSR and Gillmor Sanctuary, South Shore GSL

Ella Sorensen, Ann Neville, Heidi Hoven

Join three of Utah’s birding experts for a “behind-the-gates” tour of the south shore of Great Salt Lake, Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve (ISSR), a private mitigation property with numerous ponds, mudflats, and upland areas. The Gillmor Sanctuary is a National Audubon property, not open to the general public. Possible species include: American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson’s Phalarope, Snowy Plover, various waterfowl, grebes, swallows, Peregrine Falcon, and Golden Eagle. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 20. Vans. Cost $35

#6

8 am – 12 pm

 

Photography at Farmington Bay

Tom Matthewson

We’ll also look at shooting tips and techniques especially for bird photography, and how to exercise your own artistic vision to capture those great bird scenes. Bring your cameras/lenses. Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $20

#7

8 am – 1 pm

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Willard Bay State Park

Valerie Frokjer, Dickson Smith

Possible species include Gray Catbird, Bullock’s Oriole, Western Tanager, Downy Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, Black-headed Grosbeak, swallows, and various warblers. Bring water and snacks. Meet outside the north entrance gate at 900 W. 650 N. Willard UT 84340. Ticket includes park entry.

Limit 15. Own vehicles. Cost $20

#8

11 am – 2 pm

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Lunch Cruise on Great Salt Lake

Dave Ghizzone, Gonzo Tours

Tour the South end of the Great Salt Lake on the 54 foot motor yacht “Sunset”. Departs from the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina at 11 AM, BOARDING AT 10:30 AM. Box style lunch served. For vegetarian or vegan options and/or questions call Dave at 801-698-6288. Meet at the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina at 13312 West 1075 South, Magna UT 84044.

Trip is weather and water level dependent. Water level will be determined on April 28, 2017.

Limit 30. Own vehicles. Cost $70

#9

1 - 3 pm

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Research Boat Tour on Great Salt Lake

John Luft, Jim Van Leeuwen, Kyle Stone

Why is there such an abundant suite of wildlife, particularly birds on Great Salt Lake? Take a ride with the wildlife biologist who is responsible for monitoring the lake’s health. Board the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources research boat and experience Great Salt Lake’s ecosystem first hand. You will likely see Eared Grebes and various gulls, although this is not a birding trip. This excursion is a hands-on learning experience about GSL ecology and current research projects. The geology and history of the islands and other landscapes will be discussed. Meet at the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina at 13312 West 1075 South, Magna UT 84044.

Trip is weather and water level dependent. Water level will be determined on April 28, 2017.

Limit 8. Own Vehicles. Cost $40

#10

5 – 7 pm

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Birds & Spurs

R & G Horse and Wagon

Cowboy up! You are in the West, so let’s go birding by horseback along the east side of Antelope Island. This two-hour guided tour features birds in the wetland, sage and grassland habitats near the historic Fielding Garr Ranch and the south-side of the Island. There are an amazing number of migratory shorebirds that use Antelope Island as a resting, nesting and feeding area. Experienced wranglers who are intimately familiar with the Island’s history, flora and fauna will be our guides. Enjoy a leisurely ride, spectacular scenery and birds. Possible species include Long-billed Curlew, Burrowing Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Grasshopper Sparrow, and aquatic birds. Bring binoculars, water, and snacks. Meet at the historic Fielding Garr Ranch at Antelope Island State Park (I-15 exit #332, go west to Antelope Island).

Limit 6. Own vehicles. Cost $110

#11

5 – 9:30 pm

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Owl Prowl, Antelope Island State Park

Neil Paprocki, Bryce King, Jolene Rose, Ellen Labotka

Who, Who should go? Owl lovers that’s WHO! Antelope Island is prime habitat for several species of owl: Great Horned, Barn, Burrowing, Long-eared and Short-eared owls. Great opportunity to see other wildlife on the park. Picturesque views of the Lake and timing of this evening trip will be great for photographing the island’s famous sunsets. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 20. Vans. Cost $35

#12

7 – 9 pm

Family program

 

Amazing Raptors

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah

WRCNU invites you and your family to discover the amazing raptors and their superpowers of sight, hearing, strength, and flight. Come meet our wonderful education ambassadors and learn about their incredible adaptations. Meet owls, hawks, and falcons. Meet at WRCNU 1490 Park Blvd, Ogden UT 84401.

Limit 40 Own Vehicles. Cost $5



Friday, May 19th

#13

7 am – 2 pm

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Birding Diamond Fork Canyon Area, Utah County

Keeli Marvel, Terri Pope

Diamond Fork Canyon encompasses a wide diversity of habitats including montane forest, sagebrush, scrub oak, juniper forest, wetland marsh, stream, and pond riparian areas and cliff habitat in which a wide diversity of bird species may be found. Possible bird sightings include: Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Western Bluebird, Belted Kingfisher, Western Scrub-jay, Golden Eagle (possibly on a nest), Canyon, Marsh, Pacific wrens, Sage Thrasher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Fox Sparrow. Meet at Springville Wal-Mart 660 S. 1750 W., Springville UT 84663

Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $15

#14

7 am – 3 pm

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Bear River MBR: “Behind-the-Gates” Field Trip

Noah Strycker, Howard Browers

Bear River Refuge with its 78,000 acres of developed wetlands, and is world famous as one of the premier birding marshes. About 50 species of birds are normally seen including: Black Terns, Franklin Gulls, Virginia Rails, Caspian Terns, several species of sparrows. Meet At Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 23. Mini-Bus. Cost $60

#15

7:30 am – 2:30 pm

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Morgan County: Backyard Birding in Two Habitats

Arnold Smith, Weston Smith

Some of the best birding in Morgan County is found in the backyards of the houses in the quaint small towns of Morgan and Croydon in Weber Canyon. Cavity-nesting Tree Swallows, House Wrens, and American Kestrel will be target birds. Bird feeders will be attracting Black-headed Grosbeaks, Bullock’s Orioles, Cassin’s Finches, Lazuli Buntings and hummingbirds. This trip has averaged approx. 65 species per year and surprises are always possible. We will also bird along the Weber River in Henefer looking for large nesting birds such as raptors and herons. Meet at the north side of 7-Eleven at 404 E. 300 N. Morgan 84050 at 7 am. Take I-84 east to exit 103. The 7-Eleven is on the south side of the railroad tracks.

Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $20

#16

8 - 10 am

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Birds & Spurs

R & G Horse and Wagon

Cowboy up! You are in the West, so let’s go birding by horseback along the east side of Antelope Island. This two-hour guided tour features birds in the wetland, sage and grassland habitats, near the historic Fielding Garr Ranch and the south side of the Island. There are an amazing number of migratory shorebirds that use Antelope Island as a resting, nesting and feeding area. Experienced wranglers who are intimately familiar with the Island’s history, flora and fauna will be our guides. Enjoy a leisurely ride, spectacular scenery and birds. Possible species include Long-billed Curlew, Burrowing Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Grasshopper Sparrow, and aquatic birds. Meet at the historic Fielding Garr Ranch at Antelope Island State Park, I-15 exit #332, go west to Antelope Island).

Limit 6. Own Vehicles. Cost $110

#17

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8:30 am – 3 pm

Birding Rockport Reservoir Canoe/Kayak

Kathy Donnell, Tony Santora, Vivian Schneggenburger

Rockport Reservoir’s nearby springs host many ducks, grebes, herons, and raptors (including nesting Osprey) with the smaller birds occupying the adjacent trees and shrubs. You will have a grand birding experience at the reservoir using their canoes and kayaks. Meet Vivian at 8 am in the SE corner (behind Red Lobster) of the ShopKo parking lot next to the 1300 E. exit of I-80 in Salt Lake City. Weather permitting.

Limit 12. Own Vehicles. Cost $40

#18

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9 am – 1 pm

American Kestrel

Jesse Watson, Nikki Wayment, Janet Nelson

Learn about American Kestrel behavior. You will visit active American Kestrel nests to observe and monitor. Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 15. Vans. Cost $35

Artists, Vendors, Food

12 – 7 pm

Student Art Display & Vendor Booths OPEN

12 – 7 pm

#19

2 – 5 pm

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Burrowing Owl Field Trip

Neil Paprocki, Jesse Watson, Nikki Wayment, Charity Owens

Think you know everything about owls? Well not these little hoots. Come see the underground-dwelling, awake in the day, sentinels of the grasslands – burrowing owls. This is a field trip to Antelope island State Park to look for Burrowing owl sites. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 20. Vans. Cost $35

Workshop

3 – 4:30 pm

Bare Naked Birding

Noah Strycker

The less equipment the better. Learn from Noah.

Book signing

5 – 6 pm

Book Signing

Noah Strycker

Books will be available for purchase. Or bring your own.

Awards Presentation

5:45 – 6 pm

Welcome for Festival Attendees, Art Contest Entries & Vendors

Student Art Contest Awards

Sponsored by the Commissioners’ Cup Golf Tournament

Presentation of Awards

Davis County Legacy Events Center Building #3

Family Program

6 – 7 pm

 

Artsy Adaptations with Tracy Aviary

Tracy Aviary

Bring the whole family to discover the amazing adaptations of birds! In this program, Tracy Aviary educators will lead children and their families in hands-on activities exploring the connection between bird features and their habitats, including drawing their own wacky, fictional birds and turning an audience member into a bird!

# 20

6 - 9 pm

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Sunset Dinner Cruise on Great Salt Lake

Dave Ghizzone, Gonzo Tours

Dinner cruise and tour of the South end of the Great Salt Lake aboard the 54 foot notor yacht “Sunset”. Departs from the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina at 6 PM, BOARDING AT 5:30 PM. A four course dinner served. For vegetarian or vegan options and/or questions call Dave at 801-698-6288. Meet at the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina at 13312 West 1075 South, Magna UT 84044.

Trip is weather and water level dependent. Water level will be determined on April 28, 2017.

Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $90

Saturday, May 20th

#21

6 am – 12 pm

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Legacy Nature Preserve “Behind-the-Gates”

Andrea Nelson, The Nature Conservancy

This is a rare opportunity to tour the new Legacy Nature Preserve (mitigation property for wetlands impacted by Legacy Parkway). You will be guided along remnant oxbow features of the Jordan River to view migrant and resident waterfowl and shorebirds. You will also be treated to views of one of only four, known, active Bald Eagle nests in northern Utah. The Bald Eagle pair that nests there has annually produced 2-3 (a total of 38) fledgling eagles over the last eighteen years (1996-2013).Rubber boots are advised. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 10. Vans. Cost $35

#22

7 am – 9 am

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Glover Ponds at Sunrise

Les Talbot

These ponds bring YOU into nature. The Great Salt Lake Nature Center deck and surrounding wetlands enhance your opportunity for close-up observation. A nearby Great Blue Heron breeding colony will be active and American Avocets and other shorebirds and waterfowl will be building nests. Other possible species include: Cinnamon Teal, four species of grebe, Snowy Egret, Ruddy Duck, and American White Pelican, plus other shorebirds, and other wildlife. A spotting scope will be available. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025 to follow guide to site.

Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $15

#23

7 am – 10 am

Fieldtrip

10 am – 11 am

Workshop

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Birding by Ear

Merrill Webb

Every bird species has its own unique song. Imagine being able to identify birds that you cannot see in the canopy and dense scrub by their vocalizations. Spend the morning developing your listening skills. Likely species include a variety of warblers, vireos, chickadees and orioles including: Yellow, MacGillivray’s Orange-crowned warblers, Warbling Vireo, Bullock’s Oriole, and Black capped Chickadee. Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 10. Vans. Cost $35

#24

7 am – 1 pm

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Antelope Island: Causeway & Garr Ranch

Noah Strycker, Mike Hearell, Taylor Abbott, Jolene Rose

Bird a popular migrant stopover at Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island. Birds crossing the west desert drop into the Ranch’s grove of giant cottonwood trees as the first green spot they see. The area offers several springs and trees with plenty of insects. This trip provides a rare early morning opportunity to visit this area before it opens to the public. Possible species: migrating warblers, vireos, flycatchers; also owls, falcons, hawks, woodpeckers, and Virginia Rail. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 52. Bus. Cost $50

#25

7 :30 am – 2:30 pm

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Morgan County: Backyard Birding in Two Habitats

Arnold Smith, Weston Smith

Some of the best birding in Morgan County is found in the backyards of the houses in the quaint small towns of Morgan and Croydon in Weber Canyon. Cavity-nesting Tree Swallows, House Wrens, and American Kestrel will be target birds. Bird feeders will be attracting Black-headed Grosbeaks, Bullock’s Orioles, Cassin’s Finches, Lazuli Buntings and hummingbirds. This trip has averaged approx. 65 species per year and surprises are always possible. We will also bird along the Weber River in Henefer looking for large nesting birds such as raptors and herons. Meet at the north side of 7-Eleven at 404 E. 300 N. Morgan 84050 at 7 am. Take I-84 east to exit 103. The 7-Eleven is on the south side of the railroad tracks.

Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $20

Workshop

8 – 9 am

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Bird Photography: Get Started the Right Way

Tom Mathewson

A quick introduction to taking good bird pictures. We’ll cover basic theory as well as the best settings, storing and processing your pictures. We’ll also look at shooting tips and techniques especially for bird photography, and how to exercise your own artistic vision to capture those great bird scenes.

 #26
7:30 am - 10 am
Bountiful Pond
Ian Batterman
Located on the outskirts of Farmington Bay WMA, Bountiful Pond is a lovely oasis for all kinds of birds. The large pond provides a stopover area for many gulls and waterfowl, and the surrounding trees and fields hide many songbirds, owls, and other  birds with close viewing opportunities.   During migration, Bountiful Pond can ofter house rare vagrants like Eastern Wood Warblers.  Species to expect: Wood Duck, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Osprey, Virginia Rail, American Coot, Wilson's Snipe, Dusky Flycatcher, Black-billed Magpie, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Marsh Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Western Tanager, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle. Meet at the Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025 to follow guide
Limit 20.  Own Vehicles.  Cost $15.
 #27
8 am - 12 pm
 Boy Scout Merit Badge & Youth Program
Dallin Henderson, Carol Henderson
This is an exciting opportunity for scouts 11-17 to earn the Bird Study Merit Badge.  Learn about the Great Salt Lake and surrounding wetlands, habitats, birds, the food chain and the important roles they each play in our environment. Program includes as easy nature walk to view and identify birds and other cool things in nature. (Bring your own merit badge cards with the application portion signed by your unit leader). Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025 Building 1. Limit 30 youth.  Cost $5 (leaders free)

#28

9 am – 12 pm

 

 

Farmington Bay WMA “Behind-the-Gates” (Units 1 & 2)

*John Bellmon, Yae Bryner

Great Salt Lake is a western hemisphere shorebird preserve IBA and the Bay will be alive with residents and arriving ‘new’ migrants. You can be part of their adventure and see nest-building in action. Possible species include: Northern Shoveler, Grebes, Black-necked Stilt, Cinnamon Teal, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, and maybe Virginia Rail and Sora. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 54. Bus. Cost $25

#29

9 am – 12 pm

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Burrowing Owl Field Trip

Bonnie Messinger, Charity Owens

Think you know everything about owls? Well not these little hoots. Come see the underground-dwelling, awake in the day, sentinels of the grasslands – burrowing owls. This is a field trip to Antelope island State Park to look for Burrowing owl sites. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 10. Vans. Cost $35

Workshop

9:15 – 10:15 am

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Owls Inside and Out

Ben Woodruff, Sky Masters

Owls capture the hearts and imagination of people around the world. Yet we often view them as beautiful predatory stuffed animals. This program, featuring live owls and powerpoint, will go into what really makes an owl an owl. Thow can they turn their head all the way around? Are all owls nocturnal? Did you know that there are many owls that are florescent pink, purple and orange? Come see.

Workshop

9:15 – 10:15 am

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Talent of Talons

Ogden Nature Center

With the help of three of the Ogden Nature Center’s resident raptors, participants will get an introduction to birds of prey and their unique characteristics.

Artists, Vendors, Food & Crafts

10 am – 6 pm

Make & Take Crafts, Youth Activities

Vendor Booths OPEN

Food

Youth Activities

10 am – 2 pm

Youth Activities: Fun and Educational Too!

Westminster College Great Salt Lake Institute

Enjoy “Bird Detective” and a lot of fun youth activities with take-home items.

Workshop

10 am – 12 pm

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Make and Take Birdhouses

Home Depot, Centerville

All tools and aprons will be provided. Bring your family or youth group to make and take home a birdhouse.

Workshop

10:30 – 11:30 am

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Ice Age Utah

Ben Woodruff, Sky Masters

The Ice Age was just a few thousand years ago. In addition to all the wildlife currently in Utah, we also were home to Lions, Cheetahs, Saber tooths, Camels, Mammoths and so many more! This eye opening presentation will feature skeletons from these ice age giants. Prepare to have a completely new perspective on Utah wildlife!

Workshop

10:30 am- 11:30 am

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Life History Styles of the Rich and Famous: A look at Utah Butterflies

Tony Jones, Todd Stout

A power point presentation with photographs and some live caterpillar specimens for display. Followed by a field trip locally (weather permitting--Butterflies do not fly in the rain or cold). No need to sign up for the field trip.

#30

11 am – 2 pm

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Lunch Cruise on Great Salt Lake

Dave Ghizzone, Gonzo Tours

Tour the South end of the Great Salt Lake on the 54 foot motor yacht “Sunset”. Departs from the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina at 11 AM, BOARDING AT 10:30 AM. Box style lunch served. For vegetarian or vegan options and/or questions call Dave at 801-698-6288. Meet at the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina at 13312 West 1075 South, Magna UT 84044. Trip is weather and water level dependent. Water level will be determined on April 28, 2017.

Limit 30. Own vehicles. Cost $70

Workshop

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

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Scratching Amidst the Litter: A Towhee’s Tale

Billy Fenimore

A discussion about our FEATURE BIRD; where you can find them, different species, behaviour and interesting facts. Also included will be some live birds of prey who find Towhee's interesting too. Lots of photos and videos also.

Workshop

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

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Be (Utah Birds) Wild Aware

Hogle Zoo

How your actions affect wildlife, Raptors, Bird feeders, and human interactions with these. Program includes live birds.

Workshop

12:15 pm – 1 pm

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Vera Cruz River Raptor Project

Steve Hoffman, founder of HawkWatch International

Steve will present an overview of the Veracruz River of Raptors Project (VRR), located near the Gulf Coast in eastern Mexico. This project is designed to monitor the largest raptor migration on Earth (4-6 million raptors of 20 species tallied each autumn). As co-founder, Steve will describe how this project was launched (in 1990-91), and will give an overview of key findings of this unique 25-year raptor population monitoring effort.

#31

1 – 4 pm

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Farmington Bay “Behind-the-Gates” (Turpin Unit)

Nelson Holmes

Farmington Bay WMA is a great resource for migrating and nesting birds. Several hundred thousand birds utilize this area during spring migration and 57 nesting species have been documented. The majority of dikes, ponds, canals, and upland areas are off-limits to the public during the nesting season so this “Behind-the-Gates” tour is a privilege. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 54. Bus. Cost $25

#32

1 – 4 pm

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Burrowing Owl Field Trip

Bonnie Messinger, Jolene Rose, Ellen Labotka,

Brian Ferguson

Think you know everything about owls? Well not these little hoots. Come see the underground-dwelling, awake in the day, sentinels of the grasslands – burrowing owls. This is a field trip to Antelope island State Park to look for Burrowing owl sites. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 20. Vans. Cost $35

Workshop

1 – 2 pm

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Nature Photography: Producing Quality Images

John H. Williams

I intend to address the issues of safeguarding our wildlife and emphasize that "no photo is ever worth disturbing the animal(s) you're attempting to capture on film or digitally record." My greatest personal challenge, when working with wildlife, is to leave the animal(s) undisturbed; if I can approach a resting or feeding animal, obtain the photos I desire and, leave it completely undisturbed that's success to me and it's something I do over and over again. I will explain how I do so.

#33

Workshop

1-2 pm

AND Fieldtrip

2-5 pm

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Birding for Beginners Workshop

Farmington Birding Hot Spots Fieldtrip

Dallin Henderson

Enjoy this FREE one hour workshop for beginners and families. We will discuss bird identification and the common back yard birds in the Farmington area. AFTER the workshop we will visit six viewing areas including Farmington Pond, Farmington Canyon (after the first bridge), Egg Island Viewing areas, Glover Pond, and Buffalo Ranch Pond.

Field trip tickets are available on-line. Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Own vehicles. Adults $5. Children free.

Workshop

1 – 2 pm

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The Great Salt Lake Project

Leia Larsen, Standard Examiner

Leia is the 2016 Journalist of the Year. She has published a series of stories on the many different aspects of and concerns for Great Salt Lake and will talk about her experiences and findings.

Workshop

2:15 – 3:15 pm

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Hornbills, Kingfishers and Kookaburras

Ben Woodruff, Sky Masters

Hornbills are a unique family of birds, with species from the size of a robin to an eagle. Living in Africa and Asia, these birds nevertheless have a worldwide effect on all life! Come find out why! Kookaburras- the world’s largest and strangest kingfisher: Find out how the Ice Age turned this bird into the iconic singer we know today.

Workshop

2:15 – 3:15 pm

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Are you a Peli-can or a Peli-can’t

Westminster College

Come and learn about exciting new opportunities to uncover mysteries of our charismatic Great Salt Lake pelicans!.Before you become a Peli-can’t remember that pelicans fly far and wide throughout the year. We need help from people all along their stomping grounds to understand where they go and what they do when they are not in Utah.Not a master bird nerd?Don’t stress, pelicans are easy to see and identify and you can help too (maybe even from your computer).If you are a master bird nerd or aspire to be one, there are a few spots for special volunteers (and might get you behind the gates of some cool places for your time).Come learn more about our charismatic neighbors and learn how you can be peli-can too.This is a partnership with Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Tracy Aviary and Westminster College’s Great Salt Lake Institute.

Workshop

3:30 – 4:30 pm

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The Future of American’s Fish and Wildlife, Final Recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Panel

Greg Sheehan, Director DWR

“Fish and wildlife have been central to our work and our lives. Whether it’s providing gear for the outdoor enthusiast, governing a state with a rich outdoor heritage or simply spending quality time in the outdoors, we can’t imagine a world without fish and wildlife” Former Governor of Wyoming David Freudenthal. When we spend time in nature, we accrue physical and mental health benefits. What is our vision for investing in and connecting people to nature? Everyone benefits from healthy fish and wildlife.

Movie

4 – 5:30 pm

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Movie Showing

‘Wings of Thunder’ and/or ‘Into a World of Wonder’ Davis County Legacy Events Center building 1

Keynote Address & Dinner 6 pm

Keynote Speaker Noah Strycker

and Dutch oven Dinner

2015 Big Year, New World Record

Vegetarian meals available. Ticket required. Cost $40

Sunday, May 21st  

#34

6 am – midnight

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Marathon Birding

Tim Avery, Jeff Bilsky

This is a long, exciting, fast-paced day with the goal of seeing as many bird species in varied habitats as possible! Trip participants may submit a ‘species wish list.’ Every effort will be made to include locales where these birds are possible although no guarantees, of course. Lunch will be provided. Bring water and food for the rest of the day. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 8. Vans. Cost $95

#35

6 am – 4 pm

 

 

 

Bird the West Desert & Pony Express Trail

Keeli Marvel, Eric Peterson, Eric Chabot

Bird the West Desert and the Pony Express Trail. Experience the birds of the West Desert and the ruggedness of the Pony Express Trail first hand. We'll bird a loop starting at Clover Springs CG in Johnson Pass, traveling over to Lookout Pass, and back around past Fitzgerald WMA. Highlights could include desert specialties such as Bushtits, Juniper Titmice, Pinyon Jays, Sagebrush Sparrows, Black-throated Gray Warblers, and Horned Larks.

Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025 at 6 AM or at 7 AM at the Macey's Grocery parking lot next to the McDonalds in Tooele at 972 N. Main St. Tooele UT 84074

Limit 15. Vans. Cost $70

#36

7 am – 12 pm

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Jordanelle Wetlands and Heber Fields

Dr. Russell Norvell, Terri Pope

The wetlands below Jordanelle Dam offer excellent birding in these foothills to the Uinta Mountains. This area is an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA). Possible species include: American Dipper, Osprey, Black-headed Grosbeak, Warbling Vireo, Swainson’s Thrush, Common Yellowthroat and Bullock’s Oriole. We will also look for returning Bobolinks. Meet Russ at SE corner of the ShopKo parking lot located at the 1300 East exit from I-80 in Salt Lake City. The drive is about 40 minutes.

Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $20

#37

7 am –3 pm

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“Behind-the-Gates” at Bear River MBR

Howard Browers, Dr. Frank Howe

Spend a day with expert birders on a “behind-the-gates” birding adventure at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. You will soon learn and see why this area has been protected over the last 75 years. It is considered one of the top ten birding spots in the nation and one of Utah’s premier birding hotspots. Its 78,000 acres provide a vast wetland habitat for a phenomenal number of migrants including waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, White-faced Ibis, several species of blackbirds, gulls, terns, swallows, marsh wrens, and more. NOTE: This could be the last year for “Behind-the-Gates” at Bear River. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 24. Mini-bus. Cost $60

#38

8 am –10 am

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Birds & Spurs

R & G Horse and Wagon

Cowboy up! You are in the West, so let’s go birding by horseback along the east side of Antelope Island. This two-hour guided tour features birds in the wetland, sage and grassland habitats, near the historic Fielding Garr Ranch and the south side of the Island. There are an amazing number of migratory shorebirds that use Antelope Island as a resting, nesting and feeding area. Experienced wranglers who are intimately familiar with the Island’s history, flora and fauna will be our guides. Enjoy a leisurely ride, spectacular scenery and birds. Possible species include Long-billed Curlew, Burrowing Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Grasshopper Sparrow, and aquatic birds. Meet at the historic Fielding Garr Ranch at Antelope Island State Park. (I-15 exit #332, go west to Antelope Island).

Limit 6. Own Vehicles. Cost $110

#39

8 - 10 am

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TNC’s Kay’s Creek

TNC Staff

Join The Nature Conservancy for an exclusive opportunity to see how wetlands restoration has improved habitat for birds at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve. An expert guide will show you how Kay’s Creek was restored to its natural meander. This restoration has helped control flooding and sedimentation. You will also see how historic ponds and natural depression in the surrounding meadows were augmented to create ponds that have become prime habitat for feeding and nesting shorebirds and waterfowl. There are many species of birds using this riparian preserve. This portion of the preserve is closed to the public, so don’t miss this opportunity to explore “behind-the-gates.” Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025 and follow guide to site.

Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $15

#40

1 - 3 pm

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Research Boat Tour on Great Salt Lake

John Luft, Jim Van Leeuwen, Kyle Stone

Why is there such an abundant suite of wildlife, particularly birds on Great Salt Lake? Take a ride with the wildlife biologist who is responsible for monitoring the lake’s health. Board the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources research boat and experience Great Salt Lake’s ecosystem first-hand. You will likely see Eared Grebes and various gulls, although this is not a birding trip. This excursion is a hands-on learning experience about GSL ecology and current research projects. The geology and history of the islands and other landscapes will be discussed. Meet at the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina at 13312 West 1075 South, Magna UT 84044. Trip is weather and water level dependent. Water level will be determined on April 28, 2017.

Limit 8. Own Vehicles. Cost $40

#41

5 – 9:30 pm

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Owl Prowl on Antelope Island

Nikki Wayment, Brian Ferguson

Annette Hansen, Shawnee Sawyer

Who, Who should go? Owl lovers that’s WHO! Antelope Island is prime habitat for several species of owl: Great Horned, Barn, Burrowing, Long-eared and Short-eared owls. Great opportunity to see other wildlife on the park. Picturesque views of the Lake and timing of this evening trip will be great for photographing the island’s famous sunsets.

Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 20. Vans. Cost $35

# 42

6-9 pm

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Sunset Dinner Cruise on Great Salt Lake

Dave Ghizzone, Gonzo Tours

Dinner cruise and tour of the South end of the Great Salt Lake aboard the 54 foot motor yacht “Sunset”. Departs from the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina at 6 PM, BOARDING AT 5:30 PM. A four course dinner served. For vegetarian or vegan options and/or questions call Dave at 801-698-6288. Meet at the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina at 13312 West 1075 South, Magna UT 84044.

Trip is weather and water level dependent. Water level will be determined on April 28, 2017.

Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $90

Monday, May 22nd

#43

6 am – 3 pm

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Cache Valley Hotspots

Dr. Frank Howe, Les Talbot

Cache Valley is one of the lesser known birding hot spots in the West. Our trip will reveal the area’s great diversity and wealth of birds and other wildlife secrets. The trip will visit a variety of habitats and microclimates, ranging from sub-alpine forest to fast-flowing trout streams and semi-desert savanna to wetlands. We will also see The Barrens, a Bridgerland Audubon Chapter sanctuary project. Possible species include: 3 species of hummingbirds, Wood Duck, Chukar, Gray Partridge, Northern Pygmy- and Short-eared owls. Swainson’s and Hermit thrushes, Green-tailed Towhee, Peregrine Falcon, Golden Eagle, and migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, flycatchers, vireos, and warblers. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025 at 6 am.

Limit 53. Bus. Cost $45

#44

6 am – 5 pm

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Rare Bird Chase

Bryant Olsen

Join us to "twitch" after any rarities. Late May if the peak of neo-tropical song bird and shorebird migration, and one of the best times of year to find "rare" and unusual migrants and vagrants in Utah. It also just so happens that this will be on the last day of the festival, so we can chase after any rarities found on the previous field trips. Itinerary to be determined the day of the field trip, depending on what is being reported at that time.

Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 8. Vans. Cost $75

#45

6 am – 6 pm

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Deseret Ranch Field Trip

Billy Fenimore, John Bellmon

Two of Utah’s birding experts will guide this adventure on Deseret Land & Livestock, the largest ranch in Utah with two of Utah’s Birding Experts. This working ranch encompasses over 250,000 acres of diverse habitats including sub-alpine meadow, mountain forest, sage-steppe, wet meadow, wetland marsh, ponds, lakes and streams, and has a bird list of 260 species. Expect a day list of 100 species or more including: Ferruginous Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Sage Grouse, Sage Thrasher, Brewer’s and Sage Sparrows, Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky, Olive-sided and Cordilleran Flycatchers, American Dipper, Lazuli Bunting, Caspian Tern, and migrant warblers. Meet at the Park-N-Ride lot on the NW corner of South Weber Drive & Hwy 89. Take Exit #405 off Utah Hwy 89, go west. The lot is just south of the Hwy 89 and I-84 junction on the west side of UT Hwy 89.

Limit 25. Mini-bus. Cost $80

#46

7 am – 12 pm

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City Center Bird Walk

Bob Walters

This field trip showcases Memory Grove, the Peregrine Falcon nest at the Joseph Smith building, the 6 acre roof of the LDS Church Conference Center, and the gardens at Temple Square. All attract a variety of birds. Meet at the North Visitor’s Center at Temple Square at 7 am (gate directly across from the Conference Center on North Temple St.). This field trip involves a 20 minute hike through City Creek Park.

Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $15

#47

7 am – 3 pm

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Utah County Hotspots

Utah County Birders

Visit Rocky Mountain scrub oak and pinyon-juniper habitats. This is a highly productive trip with a variety of species including Blue and Black-headed grosbeaks, Common Grackle, Lazuli Bunting, Virginia’s Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Common Bushtit, Juniper Titmouse, Pinyon Jay, and Bullock’s Oriole. Approximately 90 species have been seen on this trip. Meet at the Payson Wal-Mart, 1052 Turf Farm Road. Southbound I-15 take the 2nd Payson exit.

Limit 25. Own Vehicles. Cost $20

#48

11 am – 2 pm

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Lunch Cruise on Great Salt Lake

Dave Ghizzone, Gonzo Tours

Tour the South end of the Great Salt Lake on the 54 foot motor yacht “Sunset”. Departs from the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina at 11 AM, BOARDING AT 10:30 AM. Box style lunch served. For vegetarian or vegan options and/or questions call Dave at 801-698-6288. Meet at the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina at 13312 West 1075 South, Magna UT 84044. Trip is weather and water level dependent. Water level will be determined on April 28, 2017.

Limit 30. Own vehicles. Cost $70

#49

1:30 – 9:30 pm

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Grassland Birds & Short-eared Owl

Neil Paprocki

We will spend an afternoon and evening exploring some of Northern Utah's unique grassland and sagebrush habitats, with an emphasis on Short-eared Owls. The trip will begin by searching for diurnal grassland and sagebrush specialist species such as Grasshopper Sparrow, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Long-billed Curlew, Western Willet, Ferruginous Hawk, and Northern Harrier. In the evening, we will look for Owls, with the hope that we will see the Short-eared Owl's unique courtship display flight. Short-eared Owls are notoriously nomadic and unpredictable to locate, and because of this, our specific trip location will be decided in the weeks leading up to the festival. Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.

Limit 8. Vans. Cost $75

#50

5 – 7 pm

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Birds & Spurs

R & G Horse and Wagon

Cowboy up! You are in the West, so let’s go birding by horseback along the east side of Antelope Island. This two-hour guided tour features birds in the wetland, sage and grassland habitats near the historic Fielding Garr Ranch and the south side of the Island. There are an amazing number of migratory shorebirds that use Antelope Island as a resting nesting and feeding area. Experienced wranglers who are intimately familiar with the Island’s history, flora and fauna will be our guides. Enjoy a leisurely ride, spectacular scenery and birds. Possible species include Long-billed Curlew, Burrowing Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Grasshopper Sparrow, and aquatic birds. Meet at the historic Fielding Garr Ranch at Antelope Island State Park. (I-15 exit #332, go west to Antelope Island).

Limit 6. Own Vehicles. Cost $110

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