The Birds Seen at the
Bill Fenimore, Birding Guide
Bill Fenimore, author of the Backyard Birds of Utah is an expert field
birder. He is the recipient of the ABA Ludlow Griscom Award 2008 and Roger Tory Peterson Historical Institutes Educational Achievement Award 2008.
Bill has an exclusive birding lease on Deseret Ranch, the largest ranch in Utah with more than 250,000 acres. Contact
Bill (801-699-9330) to arrange a guided outing focused on birds.
R & G Horse and Wagon, LLC
Antelope Island State Park
Ron Brown 801-726-9514, reservations 888-878-8002
Go birding by horseback or take your group on a wagon ride at Antelope Island State Park.
Linking Communities Update
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival is "linked" to communities in Saskatchewan, Canada and San Blas, Mexico in an effort to protect an important shorebird migration route that passes through these areas. This tri-national effort, Linking Communities, has become a model for trying to conserve birds and habitat throughout the entire range of migratory birds.
Upcoming bird festivals for these areas include:
Chaplin Lake Bird Festival, June 7 & 8, 2013
Contact: Clem Millar, Chaplin Tourism
San Blas Festival Internacional de las Aves Migratorias
The last week of January 2014
16th Great Salt Lake Bird Festival
May 15-19, 2014
Did you know?
The Great Salt Lake is a Western Hemisphere Shorebird
Reserve Network (WHSRN) Hemispheric site.. What is a WHSRN site?
A WHSRN site is a site that has been labeled as an area of conservation
importance for shorebirds. To
become a hemispheric site within WHSRN there are four categories the site must
1. Site/Landscapes of hemispheric importance with at least 500,000 shorebirds annually or 30% of a species’ biogeographic population: we have this number in one species alone, Wilson Phalarope
2. Make Shorebird conservation a priority
Protect and manage Shorebird habitat
Keep WHSRN informed of any changes at the site
There are currently 85 sites,
in 13 countries, with more than 31 million acres of habitat being conserved.
Did you know?
Most of the GSL Bird Festival field trips visit Important
Bird Area ( IBA) sites along the Great Salt Lake. What is an IBA and how do
you become an IBA? The IBA program is a world-wide bird conservation program.
The National Audubon Society is the responsible organization for IBAs in the
United States. Important Bird Areas provide important habitat for one or more
species or populations of birds. To be an IBA you have to have one of the
Species of conservation concern (e.g. threatened and endangered species)
Restricted-ranges species (species vulnerable because they are not widely distributed)
Species that are vulnerable because their populations are concentrated in one general habitat type or biome
Species, or groups of similar species (such as waterfowl or shorebirds), that are vulnerable because they occur at high densities due to their congregatory behavior
Places that are IBA’s on or near the GSL: Bear River
Bay, Cutler Reservoir, Deseret Land and Livestock, Farmington Bay, Gilbert
Bay, Goshen Bay, Gunnison Bay, Ogden Bay, Provo Bay.