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Schedule

Thursday, May 17th

#1

5:15 am –10 am

 

4-Mile Ranch
Val Grant, Bret Selman, Jolene Rose, 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. 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 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. Bring water and food for the day.
   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

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 Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025
Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $20

#5

 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 $25.              

#6


8:30 am – 3 pm

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

 

 

    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 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 27, 2018.
               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 27, 2018.
                 Limit 8. Own Vehicles. Cost $40

#9

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 $120

#10

5 – 9:30 pm

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         Owl Prowl, Antelope Island State Park
       
Jesse Watson, Bryce King, 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

#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 water, flashlight, and appropriate clothing.  Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington, UT 84025
                        Limit 10. Vans. Cost $40

Friday, May 18th

 #13
7 am - 11 am
                        Swaner EcoCenter
    George Archibald, Ella Sorensen, Heidi  Hoven,Vivian Schneggenburger
Come visit high altitude wet meadows, marshes, riparian areas and uplands here in search of Sandhill Cranes with Keynote Speaker George Archibald.  Program also includes question/answer with George at the EcoCenter. Sandhill 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 at 1258 Center Dr. Park City UT 84098.  Plan to explore the exhibits at the conclusion of the tour.  Visit www.swanerecocenter.org for more site information.
            Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $30

#14

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

#15

7 am – 3 pm

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Bear River MBR: “Behind-the-Gates” Field Trip
Janice Gardner, 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 Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.
Limit 23. Mini-Bus. Cost $60

#16

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

#17

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 $120

#18

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 Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.
Limit 15. Vans. Cost $40

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,  Jolene Rose
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

 #20
Workshop 1-3 pm - FREE
AND Field trip 4-9 pm needs ticket
                     Creativity of Photography
                                  Lisa Langell
Enjoy this FREE two hour workshop.
We will learn how to 'shoot differently' to be creative. Think about where your photos will go- what you want to do with them.
Field Trip needs ticket.
Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $60 for ticket.
Meet at Antelope Island Gate House 4528 W. 1700 S. Syracuse, UT 84075

Workshop

3:30 – 5 pm

Crane Behavior and Vocalizations
Keynote George Archibald
George will review his research studies and his extensive travels as they relate to crane behavior.

Book signing

5 – 6 pm

Book Signing
George  Archibald
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
151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025

Family Program

6 – 7 pm

 

                             Parade of Raptors
                        
Hawkwatch International
Meet a hawk, an owl, and a falcon in this engaging raptor program.  The program covers some basic information on each species, and shares their individual stories about how they came to be in captivity and how we can help them in the wild through our own thoughtful conservation actions. Learn about raptor threats and the conservation challenges of declining habitat, hazards of toxic chemicals, and the role humans have played in both endangering and protecting these magnificent birds.

 

# 21

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 27, 2018.

Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $95

Saturday, May 19th

 #22
7 am - 9 am
                   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 at 151 S. 1100 W 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 Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.
Limit 10. Vans. Cost $35

#24

7 am – 12 pm

 

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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

#25

7 am – 1 pm

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Antelope Island: Causeway & Garr Ranch
George Archibald, 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

 #26
7:30 - 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 often 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, 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 Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025 to follow guide.
            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 $20

Workshop
8 – 9 am

 

Introduction to Bird Photography: Camera, Settings and Techniques
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.

 #28
8 am - 12 pm
 
            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. Programs 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 Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025 Building 1
                                   Limit 30 youth. 

                                 Cost $5 (leaders free)
  9 am - 6 pmMake and Take Crafts, Youth Activities
Vendor Booths OPEN

#29

9 am - 12 pm

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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

#30

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

 

Hornbills, Kingfishers and Kookaburras
Ben Woodruff
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

9:15 – 10:15 am

 

                    Butterflies Rock n' Roll
                    Tony Jones, Todd Stout
The life history of a butterfly is a remarkable phenomenon.  From egg to adult, the metamorphosis is astounding.  Todd Stout and Tony Jones are experts in butterfly life histories here in Utah.  They will present the life histories of several butterflies and talk about the rich diversity of butterflies in Utah.  With many references of butterflies in Rock N Roll, they will add a little twist of song from bands that reference butterflies and how perception of these beautiful bugs may or may not be reality. 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.

  10 am – 2 pm

YOUTH AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES
Make & Take Crafts,
Vendor Booths OPEN 
Westminster College Great Salt Lake Institute

Workshop

10:30 – 11:30 am

 

Dodos -  Rediscovering a Lost Legend
Ben Woodruff
The Dodo- Dodos are often portrayed in cartoons and popular fiction. They are depicted as fat, unintelligent lazy birds. But were they? This in depth presentation will shatter what you thought you knew about dodos. Their story is as fascinating as it is tragic. This presentation will tell their story in a unique way, and will also feature a cast of a dodo skull, as well as an accurate life sized recreation.

Workshop

10:30 am- 11:30 am 

Owl Tales
Ogden Nature Center
Meet a few of the Ogden Nature Center live owls as you learn about this birds unique adaptations and some fun facts, it's going to be a hoot!

Workshop

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

 

                 20 Years of Celebrating Birds
                  
Don Paul and Neka Roundy
We have come so far in celebrating birds around Great Salt Lake and in northern Utah! Come hear the 'actual' story behind Great Salt Lake Bird Festival from the folks who started it.  The ups and downs, the great stories, our partners, and the uniqueness of our famous speakers.

#31

1 – 4 pm

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

#33

FREE Workshop
1-2 pm

AND Fieldtrip
2-5 pm Needs Ticket

 

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 Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025
           Own vehicles. Adults $5. Children free.

Workshop

1:30 – 2:30 pm

 

 

Eggs and Environments
Tracy Aviary
Join Tracy Aviary for an egg-citing demonstration!  Help our educators discover how much weight a chicken egg can really hold and learn about the incredible adaptations of eggs.  Then dive into the science of our watershed to explore the ways that birds and people depend on and share our wetlands!

Workshop

2:15 – 3:15 pm

 

  North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
                        
Matt Bartley, Utah DWR
In Utah, wildlife improves our quality of life.  It is a treasured part of the state’s heritage, values and traditions.  But this wealth of wildlife didn’t just appear on the landscape.  Learn about the world’s most successful system of policies and laws to restore and safeguard fish and wildlife and their habitats through sound science and active management.

Workshop

2:30 – 3:30 pm

 

 

Owls Inside and Out
Ben Woodruff
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 power point will go into what really makes an owl an owl.  How 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.

Movie
4 – 5:30 pm

 

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 George Archibald
and Dutch oven Dinner

"My Life with Cranes"

Vegetarian meals available. Ticket required. Cost $40

Sunday, May 20th  

 #34
5 am - 12 pm
                  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
 

 #35
6 am – 3 pm
     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 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

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 Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington UT 84025.
Limit 8. Vans. Cost $95

#37

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. The drive is about 40 minutes.
Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $25

#38

7 am –3 pm

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“Behind-the-Gates” at Bear River MBR
Dr. Frank Howe, Janice  Gardner, 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. 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

#39

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 $120

#40

8 - 10 am

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TNC’s Kay’s Creek
Chris Brown, TNC
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

#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 27, 2018.
Limit 8. Own Vehicles. Cost $40

#42

5 – 9:30 pm

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Owl Prowl on Antelope Island
Neil Paprocki, Nikki Wayment
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

# 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 27, 2018.
Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $95

Monday, May 21st

#44

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

#45

6 am – 8 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

#46

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

#47

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

#48

7 am – 3 pm

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Utah County Hotspots
Suzi and Amanda Holt, Dennis Shirley,
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 $25

#49

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 27, 2018.
Limit 20. Own vehicles. Cost $75

#50

2 pm -10 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

#51

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 $120

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