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Schedule

2020 GSLBF Schedule

Field Trips  
Workshops and Presentations 🏫   
Awards and Dinner  ⭐

*Ticket sales are limited for each field trip and may sell out quickly.  Tickets go on sale March 16, 2020. Ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. 

You can view the 2020 Festival Program here:

Thursday, May 14th

#1

6:00am – 6:00pm



Deseret Ranch

Billy Fenimore & Weston Smith


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.) This is just west of Hwy 89. Take Exit #405 off Utah Hwy 89, go west. The lot is just south of Hwy 89 and I-84 junction on the west side of UT Hwy 89.


Limit 25. Mid-size Bus. Cost $90

#2

7:00am – 6:00pm

Raptor Road Trip

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 Wildlife Education Center: 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025. Bring water and food for the day.

Limit 11. Mini-bus. Cost $85

#3

8:00am – 12:00pm


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


Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $20

#4

8:00am – 1:00pm


*please make note this is printed wrong in the program

Willard Bay State Park

Valerie Frokjer & Dickson Smith


This trip will walk around the campground looking through trees and bushes. We will also look out on Willard Bay for waterbirds, hoping for a Loon. Other 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 at Willard Bay State Park outside the north entrance gate: 900 W. 650 N. Willard UT 84340.

*Ticket includes park entry


Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $25

#5

8:30am 3:00pm

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.Participants will also be required to row.

 

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.

*Ticket includes park entry

 

Limit 12. Own Vehicles. Cost $40

#6

10:00am –12:00pm



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, 30, 2020.


Weather date, Sunday, May 17, 2020.


Limit 8. Own Vehicles. Cost $40


#7

1:00 – 3:00pm



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, 30, 2020.


Weather date, Sunday, May 17, 2020.


Limit 8. Own Vehicles. Cost $40

#8

5:00 – 7:00pm

*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.

#9

5:00 – 9:30pm



Owl Prowl, Antelope Island State Park

Jesse Watson & Heidi Christensen


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


Limit 12. Van. Cost $40

#10

7:00 – 9:00pm

*Family program

Amazing Raptors

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah Staff


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

#11

7:30pm – 12:00am

*Late Night Trip

Mountain Owls

Mike Hearell & Taylor Abbott


Join us as we search for 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 Wildlife Education Center 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.

*Weather dependent, and may move to Friday evening.


Limit 9. Mini-bus. Cost $50


Friday, May 15th

#12

7:00am –11:00am

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. Directions to Swaner EcoCenter are available here under "Hours, Admission, and Directions". Park anywhere in front of the fenced off construction site. If you can't find parking there, you can park in the garage behind the Lunchbox Salon. 


Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $30

#13

7:00am – 2:00pm

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, Utah at the Wal-Mart: 660 S. 1750 W., Springville UT 84663


Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $25

#14

7:00am – 2:00pm

Woodpecker Trip

Steve Shunk & Bryant Olsen


Explore the best forest and woodland habitats in the Salt Lake Area. We will search for as many different woodpecker species as we can. Regardless of how many species are seen, you will learn habitats and woodpecker signs to help you better understand woodpecker natural history, ecology, and conservation.


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


Limit 9. Mini-bus. Cost $60

#15

7:00am – 3:00pm

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 in Payson, Utah at the Wal-Mart: 1052 Turf Farm Road. Southbound I-15 take the 2nd Payson exit.


Limit 25. Own Vehicles. Cost $25

#16

7:00am – 3:00pm


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

Dan Johnston & 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. It’s 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. This trip will go around the auto tour loop with stops and do some walking behind the gates.


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


Limit 35. Mid-size Bus. Cost $60

#17

7:30am – 2:00pm


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

#18

9:00am – 1:00pm

American Kestrel

Jesse Watson & Nikki Wayment


Learn about American Kestrel behavior. You will visit active American Kestrel nests to observe and monitor.


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


Limit 10. Mini-Bus. Cost $45

#19

2:00 – 5:00pm


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

*Ticket includes park entry


Limit 11. Mini-bus. Cost $45

Workshop

3:30– 5:00pm

Free

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Book signing: 5:00-5:45pm

Tongues, Toes & Tales of Utah Woodpeckers- Anatomy & Adaptation

Keynote Speaker: Steve Shunk


Imagine, for a moment, slamming your face into a brick wall going 16 miles per hour. This self-destructive (and foolish) act would require you to exert about 1,200 g of force. Yet, a woodpecker exerts the same force up to 20 times per second, and as many as 12,000 times per day, pounding its head into trees! How does it do this without getting concussions or retinal hemorrhages?!

Woodpeckers possess amazing adaptations that make them one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and each species’ anatomy perfectly suits its unique lifestyle. North American woodpecker specialist Steve Shunk will dive deep into the secrets of woodpecker anatomy, with 3-D skeletal images, videos of signature behaviors, and historic drawings of anatomical characters.


Book Signing immediately following the workshop.


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

Awards Presentation

5:45 – 6:00pm

Student Art & Photo Contest Awards

Sponsored by Davis County


We invite you to come and experience the Student Art and Photo Contest displays on-site at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center. Each year the Festival extends an invitation to schools up and down the Wasatch Front to submit their best work of the Festival’s featured bird. 1st through 3rd place broken out by age group categories are presented, along with a Best of Show award.


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

Family Program

6:00–7:00pm

Free

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Come on a Quest with SeaQuest


Seaquest will be doing a presentation with a variety of live animals: snakes, lizards, birds and insects. Fun for all ages with an interactive meet and greet afterwards.


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


Saturday, May 16th

#20

6:00am – 3:00pm

Cache Valley Hotspots

Joseph Andreasen, Adam Brewerton, Mike Taylor


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


Limit 53. Bus. Cost $45

#21

7:00am – 9:00am

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 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

#22

7:00am –12:00pm

Birding by Ear

Bryant Olsen & 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 the Wildlife Education Center: 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025.


Limit 11. Mini-bus. Cost $45

#23

7:00am – 1:00pm

Antelope Island: Causeway & Garr Ranch

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. Possible species: migrating warblers, vireos, flycatchers; also owls, falcons, hawks, woodpeckers, and Virginia Rail.


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

*Ticket includes park entry


Limit 35. Mid-size Bus. Cost $45

#24

7:30– 10:00am

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


Limit 20 Own Vehicles Cost $15

#25

7:30am – 2:00pm



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 7am in Morgan Utah at the north side of 7-Eleven: 404 E. 300 N. Morgan 84050. 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

Workshop

8:00 – 9:00 am

Free

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How to find your artistic vision in photography

Tom Mathewson


Everyone has their own unique artistic vision. Tom will explain the equipment, settings and shooting techniques that he prefers in his work. He will also plan on picking apart some of his own photos to show how to find and capture the art and beauty of a scene.


Behaviors will be addressed with birds as well as with other photographers and tourists, and how to deal with and not disturb them (both birds and people.). The group will also explore a recent concern: How a “herd mentality” can make the best photographers do wrong things as a group, and how to avoid that trap.


But above all, Tom will cover how to enjoy finding and capturing the art and beauty of birds.


#26

9:00am–12:00pm


Farmington Bay WMA “Behind-the-Gates”

John Bellmon & Dan Johnston


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


Limit 53. Bus. Cost $25

#27

9:00am–12:00pm

Burrowing Owl Field Trip

Annette Hansen & Melissa Halvorsen


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

*Ticket includes park entry


Limit 35. Mid-size Bus. Cost $45

Workshop

9:00 – 10:00am

Free

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HawkWatch Raptor Monitoring and Citizen Science Opportunities Near the Great Salt Lake

Hawkwatch Staff


HawkWatch International has been monitoring raptors for 34 years. Our work began with fall and spring migration surveys, and has evolved over time to include nest surveys, animal tracking, threats research, citizen science, and more. We highlight some of the monitoring and research work that has occurred near the Great Salt Lake in recent decades, including migration counts at Promontory Point, Golden Eagle nest monitoring and satellite tracking, Short-Eared Owl surveys, American Kestrel nest box monitoring, and monitoring of other urban raptors in the Salt Lake Valley. We discuss opportunities for partners and volunteers to get involved in this important work with the top avian predators of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem.


Workshop

10:00 – 11:00 am

Free

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Owls Inside and Out

Ben Woodruff


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 experience levels.”


Youth Activities

10:00am- 2:00pm

Free

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Youth Activities: Fun and Educational Too!


Youth activities run 10am through 2pm. FREE Guided bird walks around Wildlife Center loop at 10am and 1pm.


Workshop

11:00am-12:00pm

Free

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Old Crap and Bird Crap: Historical Archaeology of GSL

Jaimi Butler & Chris Merritt


Since the shorelines of Lake Bonneville receded, Great Salt Lake has featured prominently in the natural and cultural history of North America and beyond. Millions of birds rely on the productive environment for breeding, nesting, and refueling during migration, feasting on the ample food supplies in and around the lake. Humans possess a close connection to the lake as well, from early Paleoindians hunting mammoths on its marshy shores, to Fremont villages and agricultural fields nestled at its shores. More recently, the lake has been seen as a place of recreation and exploitation. The salty brine featured as a major recreational draw, supporting several different bathing resorts from Black Rock, to Lakeside, to Saltair (I, II, and III). Capitalists also saw the lake as a much more lucrative endeavor for exploitation through salt evaporation, brine shrimp harvesting and even market hunting. We all, birds included, have a stake in the future of Great Salt Lake. History nerd Chris Merritt (Utah State Historic Preservation Office) and Great Salt Lake nerd Jaimi Butler (biologist and Coordinator of Great Salt Lake Institute) will talk about modern research collaboration attempts to bridge the entire gap of Great Salt Lake's multi-thousand year human-environment interactions, and spur a new century of engagement for a new generation of lake lovers. In other words, we will talk about “Old Crap, Bird Crap and Learned Crap”


Workshop

12:00 – 1:00pm

Free

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Festival Bird: Northern Harrier

Ben Woodruff


The Northern Harrier is this year's spotlight species. This presentation will share insights and little known facts about harriers. How they live, hunt, nest, and thrive through the state of Utah.


#28

1:00 – 4:00pm


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


Limit 53. Bus. Cost $25

#29

1:00 – 4:00pm

Burrowing Owl Field Trip

Ellen Labotka & Trish Ackley


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


Limit 35. Mid-size Bus. Cost $45

Workshop

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Free

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#30 Field trip

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Needs ticket.


Birding for Beginners Workshop

Dallin Henderson & Max Malmquist


Enjoy this FREE one hour workshop for beginners and families. We will discuss bird identification and the common backyard birds in the Farmington area.


Farmington Birding Hot Spots

AFTER the workshop we will explore the area and wetlands around the Wildlife Education Center and practice your new skills.


Field trip tickets can be purchased on-line.


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


Limt: 20. Adults $5. Children free.

Workshop

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Free

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Talent of Talons

Heidi Christensen & Ogden Nature Center


Sharp eyes, sharp beaks, and sharp talons-these are the characteristics all raptors share, yet each one is unique in their own way. How are falcons, hawks, and owls able to co-exist so well as hunters and often top predators? With the aid of our live birds, Ogden Nature Center will go over the adaptations of a variety of raptors and how they are similar and different. As we examine these birds we will better understand the talent behind their talons and how each one tackles survival.


Workshop

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Free

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Golden Eagle Use of Water in Utah’s West Desert

Danielle Finlayson


Golden Eagle's are a common resident of Utah's west desert. Although we know much about their life history and behaviors, very little has been studied on their use of water. BYU and the military's Dugway Proving Ground have had remote cameras on water sources in the desert for 10 years. Come learn about how Golden Eagles are using water sources in one of the harshest climates in the state.


Workshop

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Free

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Eared Grebes Nesting in Freshwater Impoundments Surrounding Great Salt Lake, Utah

Mark Bell


Mark is going for his PhD at USU and is currently working on a project about birds nesting around the GSL. Come listen to him talk about what he has found out so far. Over the past two years we have looked at nesting behaviors of Eared Grebes at one of their southernmost known nesting areas. We compare our data to the more common nesting sites to discover trade offs associated with these nesting sights.


Workshop

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Free

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Great Salt Lake Shorebirds, Their Habitat and Food Base

Ella Sorensen, John Neil, Heidi Hoven


This workshop will highlight the beauty, wonder, and great diversity of shorebirds dependent on Great Salt Lake. American Avocets and Black-necked Stilts are two of the most conspicuous and exciting birds occurring in the wetlands of Great Salt Lake. But every year millions of other shorebirds representing 40 species congregate on Great Salt Lake. It is one of the largest concentrations of shorebirds on Earth, and yet, compared to waterfowl and colonial nesting species at GSL, they have received relatively little attention.


Keynote Address & Dinner 6 pm


Keynote Speaker Steve Shunk

and Dutch oven Dinner

“How Woodpeckers can save the world (at least your local woodland)! ”


Woodpeckers represent one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and North America's woodpeckers play critical roles in our continent's forests and woodlands. In fact, nowhere else on Earth are woodpeckers such important contributors to woodland ecology. Join Oregon naturalist and North American woodpecker specialist, Steve Shunk, for an exciting journey into the lives and times of North America’s amazing woodpeckers.

Steve will share the secrets of woodpecker anatomy, and he will translate anatomical adaptation into the fascinating behaviors we love to watch among our woodland carpenters. Each species’ anatomy perfectly suits its unique lifestyle, with different woodpeckers posessing adaptations for aerial acrobatics; for drilling sap wells; for extracting wood-boring beetle larvae; or for extracting ants from underground burrows. He will demystify woodpecker feeding, courtship, and nesting behaviors, including the reasons why woodpeckers pound on our houses and what we can do about it. Steve will also reveal the keystone ecological roles played by our local woodpeckers, and he will send you home with a mission: Prepare to be entertained, educated, and inspired as ambassadors for woodpecker and forest conservation.


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


*Vegetarian meals available. Ticket required. Cost $40


Sunday, May 17th

#31

5:00am–12:00pm

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

For correct navigation, please put the full address into your GPS (5535 South Highway 66, Morgan, UT 84050) rather than East Canyon State Park.


Limit 20. Own Vehicles. $25

#32

6:00am – 3:00pm



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 Wildlife Education Center: 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025 at 6 AM OR at the Macey's Grocery parking lot next to the McDonalds in Tooele at 972 N. Main St. Tooele UT 84074 at 7am.


Limit 12. Van. Cost $80

#33

6:00am – 7:00pm

Rare Bird Chase

Bryant Olsen


Join us to "twitch" after any rarities. Late May is the peak of neo-tropical songbird and shore bird 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 Wildlife Education Center: 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025

 

Limt: 14. Van. Cost: $80

#34

6:00am–12:00am

*All day and Late Night Trip

Marathon Birding

Tim Avery, Jeff Bilsky, Mike Hearell, Taylor Abbott


What happens when you take 4 crazy birding guides, a couple of vans, and have 18 hours during the height of migration in northern Utah? Marathon Birding with Mountain West Birding Tours of course! Join, Mike, Taylor, Jeff, and Tim as they guide you along the shores and wetlands of the Great Salt Lake, through the canyons and mountains of the Wasatch front, and try to seek out 150 species in a fast-paced, bird-filled, sort-of big day. Over the past 12 years, we've averaged just over 150 species each day and topped out at 170 in 2015. We never know what we'll find, but we will have a great time, and cap things off with a spectacular Flammulated Owling outing! Lunch, dinner, water bottles, and a swag bag are included as well!



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


Limit 10. Van. Cost $170

#35

7:00am–12:00pm

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 the Salt Lake City REI located at 3285 E. 3300 S. Salt Lake City, UT. 84109. The drive is about 40 minutes and will be following the guide.


Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $25

#36

7:00am –3:00pm

“Behind-the-Gates” at Bear River MBR

Jim Parrish, Adam Brewerston, Bear River Staff, and Keynote Speaker: Steve Shunk.


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. This trip will also go around the auto tour loop with stops and do some walking behind the gates.


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


Limit 33. Mid-size Bus. Cost $60

#37

7:00am- 1:00pm

“Behind-the-Gates” ISSR & Gillmor Sanctuary

Ann Neville & Ella Sorenson


Rio Tinto Kennecott’s Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve and Gillmor Sanctuary Behind the Gates. Light walking with probable muddy conditions. Visit over 8,000 acres of private land managed just for shorebirds on the edge of Great Salt Lake. Shallow ponds or playas invite avocets, black-necked stilts, willets, migrating ‘peeps’ and one of the few places to consistently see snowy plovers. Prairie type sparrows, larks, pipits, shrike, hawks and falcons possible. Access to some areas may be limited with wet weather.


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


Limit 22. Mini-bus. Cost $75

#38

8:00am – 4:00pm

Avifauna and Art: Spiral Jetty Adventure

Jaimi Butler & Max Malmquist


Spiral Jetty, one of the world’s most iconic examples of land art, is also a birders paradise! Located in the remote North Arm of Great Salt Lake there are many opportunities to spot different birds. On the long drive through the grassland and sagebrush landscape, we will surely see many raptors including Ferruginous Hawks, Swainson’s Hawks and Golden Eagles. Once at Spiral Jetty, amidst the hypersaline (and very pink) waters we will encounter American White Pelicans that breed on the remote Gunnison Island flying overhead in their daily search for fish in the lake’s eastern freshwater wetlands. National Audubon’s Max Malmquist will help us try to find Grasshopper and Sagebrush Sparrows, Long-billed Curlews and Snowy Plovers As a steward of Spiral Jetty and avid GSL nerd, Westminster’s Jaimi Butler will help explore the ecology, history and the art of Spiral Jetty. She also never shuts up about Pelicans that form the basis of her student’s research.


We will provide you with sandwiches from Caputo’s Deli and can accommodate any dietary restrictions. This trip requires walking over uneven terrain for long distances in any kind of weather. There is no cell phone service or bathrooms at the site (but there are bathrooms along the way!).


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


Limit 8. Van Cost $80

#39

5:00 – 9:30pm

Owl Prowl on Antelope Island

Nikki Wayment & Melissa Halvorsen


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


Limit 34. Mid-size Bus. Cost $45


Monday, May 18th Post Festival Field Trip

#40

6:00am – 6:00pm

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 Hwy 89 and I-84 junction on the west side of UT Hwy 89.


Limit 25. Mid-size Bus. Cost $90

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