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Field Trips

2016 web Utah County Suzie Holt
Photo by: Suzie Holt's daughter
Utah County Field Trip
2018 Bear River 2 by Janice H Gardner
Field trip to Bear River
by Janice Gardner


Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Field Trips

Participants should bring binoculars, water, snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trip; camera, sunscreen, hat, and appropriate clothing. Please remember to check start times and start locations- as each trip is different


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 16th

#1

5:15 am –10:30 am

 

4-Mile Ranch

Val Grant, Bret Selman, Bryant Olsen

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 25 S. 800 E. Hyrum UT 84319. 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

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 2600 E.South Weber Drive (7400 S.) just west of 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

7 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. We will explore Morgan, Summit and Rich county landscapes including Deseret Ranch, that are the breeding and foraging habitats of large diurnal raptors. The Golden Eagle, Red-tailed, Swainson’s and Ferruginous hawks, Prairie and Peregrine falcons will be our primary focus. We will be watchful for the Great Horned Owl, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, American Kestrel, Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned hawks and Northern Harrier. There will certainly be some special surprises too. Don and Randy will help with identification of these magnificent birds of prey, as well as describing the various color morphs we encounter. The guides will explain and help identify nesting strategies and behavior, as well as predator/prey relationships as we observe them in the field. Meet at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025. Bring water and food for the day.

Limit 9. Van. Cost $80

#4

8 am – 12 pm

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Photography at Farmington Bay

Tom Matthewson

This is a guided “drive-your-own-car” tour of specific spots at Farmington Bay, with an emphasis on serious bird photography. We’ll have hands-on sessions at each stop for photographing birds with a tripod as well as hand-held shooting and shooting from a car. We will cover equipment tips, camera settings and shooting techniques for getting the best pictures possible in nearly any conditions. Bring your camera, lens, tripod etc. Meet at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $20

#5

8 am – 12 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 $25

 

#6

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8:30 am – 3 pm

Please arrive at 8 am for instructions. Allow for travel time.

 

Birding Rockport Reservoir Canoe/Kayak

Kathy Donnell, 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 at Rockport State Park at 9040 N. Hwy 302 Peoa, UT 84061.Trip is 1 hour from Sugar House Park in SLC. Take I-80 east to the Wanship exit #155. Turn right and take Highway 32 to mile marker 24 (approx. 4 miles). Turn left into the state park. Follow that road 3 miles to the main marina. (435-336-2241)Bring water and snacks.Weather permitting.

Limit 12. Own Vehicles. Cost $40

 

#7

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 26, 2019.

Limit 20. Own vehicles. Cost $75

#8

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 26, 2019.

Limit 8. Own Vehicles. Cost $40

#9

5 – 7 pm

 

Family Program

Bird ID For Beginners

Max Malmquist, Daniel Brown

This event will be hosted at Ogden Nature Center. The class and field trip will be for new and young birders, with a focus on common and backyard birds, as well as priority conservation species of Great Salt Lake. Bring Binoculars if you have them, if not we have a few extra pairs for people to borrow. Meet at Ogden Nature Center 966 W. 12th St. Ogden UT 84404

Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Adults $5. Children free.

#10

5 – 9:30 pm

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Owl Prowl, Antelope Island State Park

Jesse Watson, Charity Owens, Bryce King

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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025

Limit 12. Van. Cost $40

#11

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

#12

7:30 pm – 12 midnight

Mountain Owls

Mike Hearell, Taylor Abbott

Join us as we search local mountain areas for some of Utah’s many owl species. The main target bird will be the Flammulated Owl, but other owls including Northern Saw-whet Owl, Western Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, and Northern Pygmy Owl may be seen also. Other possible species include Common Poorwill, Common Nighthawk, Swainson’s Thrush, and Hermit Thrush. Be sure to bring a drink, flashlight, and appropriate clothing. Meet at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 9. Van. Cost $48

Friday, May 17th

 

#13

7 am – 11 am

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Swaner EcoCenter

Vivian Schneggenburger, Heidi Hoven

Come visit high altitude wet meadows, marshes, riparian areas and uplands here in search of Sandhill Cranes. Cranes have successfully nested and reared their young in the Preserve in years past and are typically very visible during the spring. Surrounded by a scenic backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains, walk along trails normally closed to the public. These high altitude wetlands and adjacent uplands are home to more than 70 species of birds, including Mountain Bluebirds, Yellow-headed and Red-winged Blackbirds, swallows, various raptors and Yellow Warblers. Meet in front of the Swaner EcoCenter 1258 Center Dr. Park City, UT 84098. Plan to explore the exhibits at the conclusion of the tour. Visit www.swanerecocenter.org for more information.

Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $30

 

#14

7 am – 12 pm

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City Center Bird Walk

Bob Walters

This field trip showcases Memory Grove, the Peregrine Falcon nest if active, the 6 acre roof of the LDS Church Conference Center, and the gardens at Temple Square. All attract a variety of birds. This is a walking field trip. 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

#15

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 $25

#16

7 am – 3 pm

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Utah County Hotspots

Utah County Birders

Visit Rocky Mountain scrub oak and pinyon-juniper habitats. This has been 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 $25

#17

7 am – 3 pm

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

Keynote Rosemary Mosco, Dan Johnston, Bear River Staff

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 the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 22. Mini-Bus. Cost $60

#18

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 $25

#19

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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 the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 13. Van. Cost $45

#20

2 – 5 pm

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Burrowing Owl Field Trip

Jesse Watson, Nikki Wayment

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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025

Limit 12. Van. Cost $40

Awards Presentation

6 – 6:15 pm

Student Art & Photo Contest Awards

Sponsored by the Davis County Youth Charities Cup

Golf Tournament

Presentation of Awards

Held at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Family Program

6:15 – 7:15 pm

 

 

Workshop: Bird Cartoons 101

Keynote Rosemary Mosco

Rosemary Mosco has made a career of drawing and writing funny comics about birds and other wildlife. Nature cartoons can encourage conservation and spread a love of nature. Discover tips for creating your very own comics; and laugh while you learn!

Held at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Saturday, May 18th

#21

6 am – 3 pm

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Cache Valley Hotspots

Frank Howe, Les Talbot, Val Grant

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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025

at 6 am.

Limit 53. Bus. Cost $45

#22

7 am – 9 am

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Glover Ponds at Sunrise

Susan Snyder & Daniel Brown

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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025 to follow guide to site.

Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $15

#23

7 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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 10. Van. Cost $40

#24

7 am – 12 pm

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Birding by Ear

Staff

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 the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 13. Vans. Cost $40

#25

7 am – 1 pm

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Antelope Island: Causeway & Garr Ranch

Keynote Rosemary Mosco, Mike Hearell,

Taylor Abbott

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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 52. Bus. Cost $40

#26

7:30 – 10 am

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Bountiful Pond

Ian Batterman

Located on the outskirts of Farmington Bay WMA, Bountiful Pond is a lovely oasis for all kinds of birds. This trip involves walking around the pond. 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 often house rare vagrants like Eastern Wood Warblers.

Species to see: 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, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster’s Tern, Barn Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Western Wood-pewee, 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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 20 Own Vehicles Cost $15

#27

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 $25

#28

8 am – 12 pm

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Boy Scout Merit Badge & Youth Program

Dallin Henderson, Carol Henderson

This is an exciting opportunity for scouts ages 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 an 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 the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025. Limit 30 youth.

Limit 30 youth Cost $5 (leaders free)

#29

9 am – 12 pm

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Farmington Bay WMA “Behind-the-Gates”

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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 54. Bus. Cost $25

#30

9 am – 12 pm

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Burrowing Owl Field Trip

Brian Ferguson, 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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 25. Mini bus. Cost $40

#31

1 – 4 pm

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Farmington Bay “Behind-the-Gates”

Nelson Holmes, Ian Batterman

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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 54. Bus. Cost $25

#32

1 – 4 pm

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Burrowing Owl Field Trip

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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 25. Mini-Bus. Cost $40

#33

Workshop Þ

1-2 pm Free

 

AND Fieldtrip

2-5 pm Needs ticket.

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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 on-line. Meet at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Own vehicles. Adults $5. Children free.

Keynote Address & Dinner 6 pm

 

Keynote Speaker Rosemary Mosco

and Dutch oven Dinner

“Naturally Funny: Conserving Wildlife Through Cartoons”

Rosemary Mosco is the creator of the nature comic Bird and Moon and author of kids’ books about science. She will share the hilarious and amazing stories behind comics about awkward hawks, fierce falcons, beautiful bogs, and more- and talk about why comics and other unique media can help us protect the birds we love.

Hosted at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Vegetarian meals available. Ticket required.
Cost $40

Sunday, May 19th

#34

5 am – 12 pm

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East Canyon State Park

Billy Fenimore, Weston Smith, Chris Haramoto

We will begin at the Henefer lek to look for the greater sage grouse we will leave at approximately 6:30 to return to the state park office. The continuing tour will view feeders placed in the state park and look for water birds on the reservoir. We will then travel to several other locations within the park looking for mountain birds. We expect to see around 60 species. Possible sightings include greater sage grouse, common loon, grebes, swallows, different hawks, and eagles. Bring food and water.

Meet: East Canyon State Park Office

5535 South Highway 66, Morgan, UT 84050

Limit 20. Own Vehicles. $25

#35

6 am – 3 pm

 

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Bird the West Desert & Pony Express Trail

Keeli Marvel, Samantha Phillips

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 the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) 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 12. Van. Cost $80

#36

6 am – 5 pm

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Rare Bird Chase

Bryant Olsen

Join us to "twitch" after any rarities. Late May is 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 the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 10. Van. Cost $80

#37

6 am – midnight

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Marathon Birding

Tim Avery, Jeff Bilsky, Mike Hearell, Taylor Abbott

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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 8. Vans. Cost $125

#38

7 am – 12 pm

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Jordanelle Wetlands and Heber Fields

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 at Salt Lake City REI 3285 E. 3300 S. Salt Lake City UT 84109 and follow guide. The drive is about 40 minutes.

Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $25

#39

7 am –3 pm

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“Behind-the-Gates” at Bear River MBR

Frank Howe, Bear River Staff

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. Meet at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

 

Limit 24. Mini-bus. Cost $60

#40

8 - 10 am

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TNC’s Kay’s Creek

Chris Brown & Ann Neville

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. This is a walking trip. 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 the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025 and follow guide to site.

Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $15

#41

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 26, 2019.

Limit 8. Own Vehicles. Cost $40

#42

5 – 9:30 pm

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Owl Prowl on Antelope Island

Nikki Wayment, Annette Hansen

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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

Limit 25. Mini bus. Cost $40

#43

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 26, 2019.

Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $95

Monday, May 20th Post Festival Field Trip

#44

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 Sagebrush 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

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