Saturday, May 18th
6 am - 3 pm
| Cache Valley Hotspots|
Frank Howe, Les Talbot, Val Grant
Cache (cash) 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.
7 am - 9 am
| 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
Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $15
7 am – 12 pm
Legacy Nature Preserve “Behind-the-Gates”
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. Vans. Cost $40
7 am – 12 pm
Birding by Ear
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. Van. Cost $40
7 am – 1 pm
Antelope Island: Causeway & Garr Ranch
Keynote Rosemary Mosco, Mike Hearell,
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
7:30 - 10 am
| Bountiful Pond|
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 Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025
Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $15
7 :30 am – 2:30 pm
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
8 – 9 am
Introduction to Bird Photography: Getting Started and Finding The Artist Inside You
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.
Held at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.
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 the Eccles Wildife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington UT 84025
Limit 30 youth. Cost $5 (leaders free)
9 am - 12 pm
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
9 am – 12 pm
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
9:00– 10:00 am
Painting a Soundscape
How much do we use our sense of sound to understand the world around us? Join Tracy Aviary for a family nature program and discover new ways to interpret our surroundings and sharpen our listening skills!
9:30 – 10:30 am
Black Hawks and Harris Hawks
This program will go into depth about two amazing species: The Black hawk and the Harris hawk. Black hawks are Utah's rarest hawk species. Find out where they live and what they need to thrive. This program also teaches about Harris hawks- the only pack hunting raptor in the world. This program will feature live hawks.
| 10 am – 2 pm || |
Youth Activities: Fun and Educational Too!
Westminster College Great Salt Lake Institute
A lot of fun youth activities with take-home items including a craft.
10:45 – 11:45 am
Ogden Nature Center
This is an in-depth look at falcons using two live falcons. This will include information about species that live or visit Utah, their habitat, food preferences, conservation efforts, and more.
11:45 am- 12:45 pm
I See a Bird!
Nicaela Haig, DWR
Birds are the perfect way to ignite a child's love of the outdoors: they're numerous, visible and just plain thrilling to watch. In this hands-on workshop let by a specialist in wildlife education, learn what makes birds so special and why they visit the Eccles Wildlife Education Center in droves. Once we are familiar with a few local species and the lives they lead, we'll practice the essential skills that will help you and y our family start finding more birds together. Binoculars- and age appropriate training on how to use them - will be provided.
12 pm - 1 pm
PELI-Can We Update you on American White Pelican Research in Utah?
The Great Salt Lake Peli Project
The Great Salt Lake PELI Project (Project in Education and Longitudinal Investigation of American White Pelicans) aims to further understand the effects of our changing environment on American White Pelicans that nest and feed at Great Salt Lake. The partners (including Tracy Aviary, MesoWest at the University of Utah, Great Salt Lake Audubon, Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources) have been working feverishly on many aspects of pelican life history in Utah. Come hear updates on pelican migration patterns, flight behavior, mating behavior, and other novel research collected through the PELIcams (motion activated wildlife cameras) on Gunnison Island. We will even give you opportunities for you to participate in this important research!
| Workshop |
1 pm - 2 pm
| Port in the Storm- Building Gardens for our Winged Friends|
Willard Bay Gardens
I you are looking to assist bee activity for pollination, entice humming birds for watching purposes or feeding needy birds during the fall/winter months, we have ideas for great plants to grow in your garden/space to invite them in. Whether you are starting a new landscape, just adding to, or doing container gardening, it is so helpful and easy to build an E12 garden.
1 – 4 pm
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
1 – 4 pm
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
AND Fieldtrip #33
2-5 pm Needs Ticket
Birding for Beginners Workshop
Farmington Birding Hot Spots Fieldtrip
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 the Eccles Wildlife Education Center 1157 s. Waterfowl Way (1100 W Glovers Lane) Farmington UT 84025
Own vehicles. Adults $5. Children free.
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Owls Inside and Out
This program will feature live owls and will go over fascinating and little known attributes of owls from around the world. Find out how owls appear fluorescent to each other and the secret behind their ability to turn their head so far. This program has something for all ages and experiences levels.
2:15 – 3:15 pm
Vultures: How feasting on death keeps ecosystems in balance and humans alive
Evan Buechley, HawkWatch
I'll talk about why scavengers are important, the global status of vultures, and stories from fieldwork on vultures in USA, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
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