2014 Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Program

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Student Art Contest Display
Student Art Contest Display
Field trip after workshop = Field Trips       Workshops and Presentations = Workshops and Presentations       Field trip after workshop = Fun for KIDS
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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014
Unless otherwise noted, participants should bring binoculars, water, snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trip, camera, sunscreen, hat, and appropriate clothing.

6am –
Photography at Kaysville Ponds Field trip after workshop   
Doug Sims
This is field trip focuses on bird photography with digital cameras and does not include digiscoping. Kaysville Ponds offer wonderful shelter and food sources for waterfowl and small birds.  Early morning light will create interesting photographs. Meet at the Kaysville Ponds, 920 S. 50 W., Kaysville.
Limit 10. Own Vehicles. Cost $15
#16                6 am - midnight

Marathon Birding Field trip after workshop

Mark Stackhouse

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 effor will be made to include locales where these birds are possible- no guarantees or course.  Lunch will be provided.  Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.

Limit 8. Vans. Cost $95


7am – 1pm
Birds & Geology on Antelope Island 3 Billion Year Old Rocks Field trip after workshop
Tim  Boucher,  Genevieve Atwood, Don Paul, Wendy Wilson
This trip explores Antelope Island State Park.  Professor Atwood will entrance you with descriptions of the island's curious and ancient geology and Don Paul will beguile you with amusing and informative birding tales and the importance of the Great Salt Lake for migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere.  Possible species include: Longbilled Curlew, Marbled Godwit, American Avocet, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, shorebirds, gulls and Chukar. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 52. Bus. Cost $35

7am – 3pm
Bear River MBR: "Behind-the-Gates'' Field Trip Field trip after workshop   
Lee Shirley & Al Trout
Bear River Refuge with its 78,000 acres of developed wetlands, is world famous as one of the premier birding marshes. Join Lee Shirley and former refuge manager, Al Trout, as they guide you on a "behind-the-gates" trip through the nationally- known Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. As we travel through this amazing birding paradise, Al will explain how the refuge was rebuilt after the devastating flood of the 1980s and how precious water is managed for the benefit of the wildlife. About 50 species of birds are normally seen including: Black Terns, Franklin Gulls, Virginia Rails, Caspian Terns, several species of sparrows.
Limit 27. Mini-Bus. Cost $40

7am – 2pm
Birding Diamond Fork Canyon Area, Utah County  Field trip after workshop
Keeli Marvel & Tonya Kieffer
Enjoy a birding adventure in beautiful Diamond Fork Canyon located in southeastern Utah County.  Diamond Fork Canyon encompasses a wide diversity of habitats including montane forest, sagebrush, scrub oak, juniper forest, wetland marsh, stream and pon 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, and Pacific wrens, Sage Thrasher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Fox Sparrow, and more ! Meet at Springville Wal-Mart 660 S. 1750 W., spring ville UT 84663
Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $15

7 am - 3 pm
Cutler Reservoir – Bird by Canoe or Kayak Field trip after workshop
Phil Douglass
Paddling these reservoirs is sure to provide you with close up views of birds that use this riparian corridor and wetlands-as well as a workout!  Meet at the NW corner of the Wal-Mart parking lot in Brigham City at 7am to follow guide. Take I-15 north to exit #362 (Hwy 89 to Logan); go east. Wal-Mart will be on your right in the shopping center. Canoes and kayaks will be provided. Weather permitting.
Limit 6. Own Vehicles. Cost $35

7:30 am - 2 pm
Morgan County: Backyard  Birding in Two Habitats  Field trip after workshop
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 Mountain Bluebirds, Tree and Violet-green swallows will be target birds.  Bird feeders will be attracting Black-headed Grosbeaks, Bullock's Orioles, Eurasian collared doves, Lazuli Buntings and hummingbirds.  Surprises are always possible.  If time permits we will also bird areas along the Weber River.  Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $15

7:30 - 9 am
Pontoon Boat on Great Salt Lake  Field trip after workshop
Dave Chizzone, Gonzo Tours
Experience birding on Great Salt Lake in a 27 foot pontoon boat.  This t rip goes from the Antelope Island State Park Marina to Egg Island - keeping a distance for nesting birds. Meet at Antelope Island State Park Marina. (I-15 exit #332, go west to Antelope Island). Weather Permitting
Limit 12. Own Vehicles. Cost $35

8am – 10am
Birds & Spurs Field trip after workshop
Wrangler Ron Brown
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 water 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 $75

8:30am – 3pm
Birding Rockport Reservoir via Car and Canoe or Kayak Field trip after workshop
Joseph & 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. Meet Vivian at 8 am in the SE corner (behind Red Lobster) of the ShopKo parking lot next to the 1300 E. exit of I-80 in Salt Lake City. Weather permitting.
Limit 12. Own Vehicles. Cost $35
Artists, Vendors, Food 12-7 pm Student Art Display & Vendor Booths OPEN

12 - 7 pm


1:30 - 6 pm
Great Salt Lake Institute Ecology Trip  Field trip after workshop
Jaimi Butler
Come along with Westminster College's Great Salt Lake Institute for an exploration of the unique ecology of our local inland sea.  Brine shrimp, microbes and flies, Oh MY!  There is so much more to the Lake than just birds! We will travel to Antelope Island, stopping along the way to discuss the ecology of GSL and with hands-on activities to show you why the lake is critical for millions of birds every year.  This field trip is geared towards the young and young-at-heart and is sure to be exciting for anybody that would like to know more about the ecology of GSL.  Bring water and snacks, sandals/boots, sun hat, sunscreen, and binoculars.  We have binoculars you can borrow, call 801-832-2308 and we will bring them for you to use.  Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 20. Vans. Cost $20

2pm – 5pm
Burrowing Owl Field Trip Field trip after workshop
Bonnie Messinger & Jolene Rose
This is a field trip to Antelope Island State Park to look for Burrowing Owl sites.  You will see Burrowing Owl artificial nesting burrows as well as natural nesting burrows.  Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 15. Vans. Cost $18

3pm – 4:30pm
Learning Bird Calls and Smartphone Birding Apps Workshops and Presentations
Tim Boucher
Tim says ‘you can improve your chances of what you see and find by learning their songs and calls, their different habitats, and learning to sit patiently and wait for them to arrive.’  Join our Keynote Speaker for this informative workshop. See Tim's blog: http://blog.nature.org/science/2013/05/27/boucher-bird-blog-apps-smart-birder/
Family Presentation 5 pm Entheos Academy is an expedition based learning school whose 3rd graders focus on the question, “What would the world be like without birds?”.   The school has been working with HawkWatch International during the school year to learn about raptors, their habitats, life cycles, and natural history.  They will use HawkWatch International’s six education birds to share what they have learned and entertain us all.   Open to the public.
Presentation 5:45-6pm Welcome for Festival Attendees and Student Art Contest Awards Workshops and Presentations

Sponsored by the Commissioners' Cup Golf Tournament and Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper, Country Inn & Suites by Carlson/Bountiful

Presentation of Student Art Contest Awards

Davis County Legacy Events Center Building #3

Family Presentation

6-7 pm
Live Birds of Prey Show Workshops and Presentations
Ben Woodruff, Sky Masters
This is a great bird show for everyone, including youth and families!

7 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunset Pontoon Boat on Great Salt Lake  Field trip after workshop
Dave Ghizzone, Gonzo Tours
This new field trip will take you into the famous sunsets at Great Salt Lake.  Bring your camera to capture the sun melting into the water.  Meet at Antelope Island State Park Marina. (I-15 exit #332, go west to Antelope Island). Weather Permitting
Limit 12. Own Vehicles. Cost $35


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