Workshops & Virtual Field Trips

Workshop details and schedule below is from the 2021 Festival. Workshop details for next year's Festival will be announced in 2022.

2021 Virtual Experiences

All workshops will be held virtually and are included in the registration fee. Below is the most up-to-date schedule of programs being offered in this year's festival. All attendees will receive an email the first day of the Festival with instructions on how to access each of the workshops. Attendees have the option of watching the workshop virtually in real time or watch at a later date. 




Virtual Birding Trip at Farmington Bay

Billy Fenimore

Join Billy Fenimore Eccles Wildlife Education Center Director for a virtual birding adventure throughout the wetlands of Farmington Bay. Learn more about what birds are in the area and listen to the sounds of the wetlands from the comfort of your home.Take a walk along our trail that winds through the wetlands and discover all of its wild offerings. Having all these ecosystems so close together provide a perfect habitat for a variety of wildlife and plants. The wetland boardwalk will take you deep into the marsh and provide wonderful opportunities to spy a few of our feathered friends. Keep an eye out for hawks, fox and long-tailed weasels hunting the area looking for their next meal. A variety of waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds frequent all corners of the wetlands. So come join me on a wetland adventure!

Friday 1:00pm

*Updated Time

Virtual Birding Trip at Deseret Ranch



Birding is for Everyone! 
Dallin Henderson and Max Malmquist

This workshop is for new and young birders, with a focus on common and backyard birds. Learn about tips, tricks and the resources that are available to help identify birds.

Friday 3:00pm

Antelope Island is Bustling with Birds
Trish Ackley-Antelope Island Park Naturalist

Discover Antelope Island State Park; an island in Great Salt Lake and host to over 250 species of birds. We'll explore some hot-spots for birding and provide resources to help make your visit a success.

Friday 5:00pm

Pet Bird Basics- What to Expect

Farmington High School- Ornithology

Pet Bird Basics- What birds make great pets? Should I buy or adopt? What if my bird doesn’t like me? These are some questions many people ask when getting a pet bird. This lecture is presented by the students of Farmington High School in the Ornithology program. They have been working with several species of pet birds during this year. Some of these birds are very friendly, and others have needed a great amount of patience and work. These students will tell you what they’ve learned while caring for their pet birds.


Friday 6:30pm



Parade of Raptors


Join HawkWatch International educators and Raptor Ambassadors to see three different raptors up close. We'll discuss what makes raptors different from other birds, and how different types of raptors have adaptations shaped by where they live, how they hunt, and what they eat. This program is great for all ages and experience levels.

 Saturday 9:30am

Golden Eagle Use of Water in Utah's West
Danielle Finlayson

Golden Eagles 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. Both 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.

Saturday 11:00am

Harris hawks- an in depth look at the worlds only pack hunting raptor

Ben Woodruff

This presentation will share live Harris hawks and will go in depth into unique anatomy, biology, behavior, and will separate fact from fiction on this truly remarkable raptor.

Saturday 12:00pm

Nests, Eggs, and Family Life

Ogden Nature Center

While helping with homebound Zoom classes is no picnic, imagine swiping the neighbor's kids to add to your own for the experience! Parenting in the bird world includes some odd behaviors. Join Ogden nature Center naturalists, Sarah Lambson and Susan Snyder, as well as our burrowing owl, Jack for an online romp through the bird world of building nests, incubating eggs, and raising families.

Saturday 1:30pm

Old Crap and Bird Crap: Historical Archaeology and Ecology of Great Salt Lake
Jaimi Butler and 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.”


Saturday 3:00pm

Owl Pellet, with a Live Owl

Billy Fenimore & Hawkwatch

What is an Owl Pellet?

Join Billy Fenimore Eccles Wildlife Education Center Director and a few of his champions of All Things Wild as they dissect an owl pellet and discover what awaits to be discovered inside. Owls are birds of prey. A bird of prey is one that hunts the animals they eat. Owls cannot chew their food and small prey items are swallowed whole, while larger prey are torn into much smaller pieces before being swallowed. After an owl eats a rodent or some other type of wetland delicacy, its gizzard cannot digest the solid portions of its meal such as fur, teeth, bones and feathers. The rodent parts, which are not digested, form a pellet inside the owl’s gizzard. The owl will throw up the pellet. Pellets can be about the size of a golf ball and as small as a marble. We are going to dissect a few owl pellets ourselves and learn what the Barn Owls of Farmington Bay are eating. Who knows what we will find and that is the exciting part!

*5-10 min Facebook Live

Saturday, 9:00am

Mist Netting Live 

Billy Fenimore

Join Billy Fenimore Director of the Eccles Wildlife Education Center/Wild about Birds Nature Center and Russ Lawrence the Natural Resource Manager for Hill Air Force Base and support team for a virtual/live bird banding/mist –netting demonstration. A fascination and appreciation for birds can be fostered during a mist-netting demonstration. The live bird in the hand is the hook to draw in people and develop an interest in our feathered friends. This is a great opportunity to learn about banding birds from local experts. Also, a great way for beginners to learn about birds is to see them up close, first, before being able to identify them in the field.

*5-10 min Facebook Live

Saturday 10:30am

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