2015 Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Program

Photo by: Deedee O'Brien. HawkWatch International
Photo by: Deedee O'Brien. HawkWatch International
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SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015
Unless otherwise noted, participants should bring binoculars, water, snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trip, camera, sunscreen, hat, and appropriate clothing.

6am – 12pm
Antelope Island: Causeway & Garr Ranch Field trip after workshop 
Mike Hearell & Taylor Abbott
Bird a popular migrant stopover at Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island State Park.  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 include migrating warblers, vireos, flycatchers, owls, falcons, hawks, woodpeckers, and Virginia Rail, and shorebirds along the causeway. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 10. Vans. Cost $35

6am – 12pm
Legacy Nature Preserve "Behind -the-Gates"  Field trip after workshop
Andrea Nelson, The Nature Conservancy
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 Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 10. Vans. Cost $35

7am – 9am
Glover Ponds at Sunrise Field trip after workshop
Les Talbot
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 Heronbreeding 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, American White Pelican, plus other shorebirds, and other wildlife. A spotting scope will be available. Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $15

7am –    12 pm
Birding by Ear  Field trip after workshop
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 includes 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 Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 10. Vans. Cost $35

7 am – 2pm
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 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 surpirises 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 East 300 North, 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 $15

7:30am – 9am 
Boat on Great Salt Lake  Field trip after workshop
Dave Ghizzone, Gonzo Tours
Cruise to one of the Great Salt Lake's most well-know and accessible rookeries, Egg Island, off the north end of Antelope Island State park.  A quiet peaceful tour aboard a 23' vessel with close views of Eared Grebes, Gulls, Great Blue Herons, Cormorants and possible Black-crowned Night Heron. Meet at GREAT SALT LAKE MARINA. Weather Permitting. Questions call Dave 801-698-6288
Limit 8. Own Vehicles. Cost $40

8am - 9 am

Birding for Families

Bill Fenimore

You will learn how to look at a bird so that you can later identify and put a name to it when referring to your field guide.  The workshop will help you recognize the topography of bird parts might favor, its size, plumage characteristics, and differences in breeding, mature, immature, and winter plumages.  Workshop is designed to be user-friendly and will be especially geared toward families who would like to bird together. 

Workshop 8am - 9 am Taking Great Bird Photographs - How to get the shot you see in your mind

Gerry Johnson

Taking great bird photos is what we all want but often not what happens. With a few tips and lessons learned from Gerry’s many bird photos, you can easily improve your ‘keeper ratio’ from a birding trip. Additionally, several free resources will be covered as well as key software tools.


8 am - 11:30 am

Farmington Bay WMA "Behind-the-Gates" Field trip after workshop

David Allen Sibley, Jerry Liquori, John Bellmon

Great Salt Lake is a vestern 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 Shoverler, Grebes, Black-necked Stilt, Cinnamon Teal, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, and maybe Virginia Rail and sora.  Meet at the  Davis County Legacy Events Center.

Limit 53. Bus. Cost $40


9am – 12pm
Burrowing Owls Field Trip Field trip after workshop 
Katie McVey & 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 Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 10. Vans. Cost $25

9am – 1pm
Boy Scout Merit Badge & Youth Program Field trip after workshop   Field trip after workshop
Dallin & Carol Henderson 
This is an exciting opportunity for scouts 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.  Program 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 Davis County Legacy Events Center and follow guide to nearby site.
Limit 30 youth. Own Vehicles. Cost $5 (leaders free)
Workshop 9:15 am - 10:15 am Owls

Ben Woodruff, Sky Masters

Anything to do with owls is really popular.  Sky Masters brings owls to you!  Come enjoy this informative workshop with live birds!

Workshop 9:15am - 10:15am Ebird 101

Tim Avery

Learn the basics of using eBird, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology web app for keeping track of your sightings.. .And that is just the tip of the iceberg. eBird documents the presence or absence of species, as well as bird abundance through checklist data.  A simple and intuitive web-interface engages tens of thousands of participants to submit their observations or view results via interactive queries into the eBird database.  We will introduce you to this exciting and easy to use tool and show you how it can be useful to you.

Workshop 9:15am - 10:15am Mammals of Antelope Island

Charity Gibson

Antelope Island contains many wonders, from history and geology, to the many fresh water springs that support an abundance of life.  This workshop will talk about the variety of mammals on the Island and how they survive.  This will be a fun, hands-on presentation appropriate for audiences old and young.

Artists, Vendors, Food & Crafts
10pm – 6pm
OPEN:  Make & Take Crafts, Youth Activities Vendor Booths  Food
Youth Activity
10am – 4pm
Youth Activities: Fun and  Educational Too! Workshops and Presentations Field trip after workshop                                                                    Westminster College Great Salt Lake Institute
Enjoy "Bird Detective" and a lot of fun youth activities with take-home items.
Workshop 10am - 12 pm Make and Take Birdhouse Workshops and Presentations Field trip after workshop                                                                    

Home Depot, Centerville

All tools and aprons will be provided.  Bring your family or youth group to make and take home a birdhouse.

Workshop 10:30am - 11:30 am Native Amphibians and Reptiles of Utah Workshops and Presentations Field trip after workshop                                                                    

Samuel McKay

This is a hands-on presentation on native amphibians and reptiles of Utah.  Participants will learn about the fascinating amphibians and reptiles found in their backyard and throughout the state, including interesting aspects about their biology, what to do if you find amphibians or reptiles, and why they are important.  Informational material on native amphibians and reptiles will be available, including the cool new Amphibians of Utah poster.  Live specimens of certain specials will be available for participants to see, depending on availability.

Workshop 10:30 am - 11:30 am Falcons and their ifluence on culture around the world Workshops and Presentations Field trip after workshop                                                                    

Ben Woodruff, Sky Masters

Falconshave one of the oldest and far reaching relationships with humans. This presentation will explore this rich relationship between bird and human on a local to worldwide level.  From inspiring religions to being trained to hunt food, come see how falcons have had a profound impact on the cultures of the world.  Live falcons will be part of this unique presentations.

Workshop 10:30 am - 11:30 am Build-a-Bird Workshops and Presentations Field trip after workshop                                                                    

Tracy Aviary

Join Tracy Aviary to explore the basics of birds and the intricacies that make them so unique!  From their wings and feathers to their bones and gizzard, birds are exquisite flying machines.  Together we will recreate these avian adaptations with fun props while turning one lucky participant into a bird, as well as viewing and reviewing some of these adaptations up-close on one or two of Tracy Aviary's talented avian ambassadors.

Workshop 11:45am - 12:30 pm Live Bird Presentation Workshops and Presentations Field trip after workshop                                                                    

Hogle Zoo

Hogle Zoo has an excellent Bird Show they present at the Zoo.  We are excited to see the birds and show they offer us!

Workshop 11:45 am - 12:30 pm Spotlight Bird: Hummingbird Mania Workshops and Presentations Field trip after workshop  

Eric Peterson

Join us as we explore the world of the hummingbird in Utah.  We will work on Hummingbird ID, natural history, and tips for photographing these amazing birds.  We will also discuss strategies for attracting hummingbirds to your house.


12 pm – 2:30 pm
Farmington Bay "Behind-the-Gates"  Field trip after workshop
David Allen Sibley, Jerry Liguori, Jeff Bilsky
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 Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 53. Bus. Cost $40

1pm – 4pm
Burrowing Owl Field Trip Field trip after workshop 
Bonnie Messinger &Jolene Rose
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 Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 15. Vans. Cost $20
Workshop 1 pm - 2 pm Birding by Ear Workshops and Presentations Field trip after workshop 

Carolina Roa, Tracy Aviary

Ever wondered what is that bird singing outside your window?  Come and join us for this interactive workshop in which learning and fun are combined to provide you with tips and tricks to develop your auditory skills for identifying Utah’s common birds by ear.

Workshop 1 pm - 2 pm Are Birds Really Dinosaurs? Workshops and Presentations Field trip after workshop 

Ben Woodruff, Sky Masters

In recent years paleontologists have made some of the most amazing prehistoric discoveries in the history of humankind.  These discoveries have completly changed our understanding of birds and dinosaurs.  Have you heard? Ben will share these discoveries and explain the bird-dinosaur connection.  You will never look at birds the same way again.

Workshop 1 pm - 2 pm Who's a Buteo? Workshops and Presentations Field trip after workshop 

Ogden Nature Center

Meet Sampson the Red Tail Hawk and Jay the Harris Hawk to discover what makes a Buteo a Buteo, or in Jay's case a Parabuteo.  Observe firsthand how Buteos differ from all other rapters.

Family Activites       2 pm - 6 pm Family and Youth Activities at Great Salt Lake Nature Center at Farmington Bay Workshops and Presentations Field trip after workshop 

DWR and GSL Nature Center Staff

While at the Festival, visit the DWR wildlife booth to pick up a voucher for a FREE duck call.  Migrate to the GSL Nature Center between 2 and 6 PM for an afternoon of fun, free, family activities.  Duck call vouchers may be redeemed at the Nature Center- supplies are limited.

GSLNC 1700 West Glover Lane, Farmington 84025

Workshop 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Flamulated Owls Workshops and Presentations Field trip after workshop 

Dave Oleyar, HawkWatch International

Flammulated Owls are little-know, small owls that breed in montaine forests of western North America, including the Wasatch range in northern Utah.  In fact, the Wasatch mountains are home to the longest running nest box study on this species and has yielded great insight into the breeding ecology and migratory patterns of this species.  HWI's Dave Oleyar, will talk about the species' ecology, current and future research, and conservation concerns.

Panel Discussion 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Great Salt Lake = $$$  Workshops and Presentations  

Dave Livermore, Don Leonard, Jeff Richards, Leland Myers, Dave Williams

Panel discussion: The Great Salt Lake Advisory Council commissioned an economic analysis of Great Salt Lake to help highlight its significance to the State of Utah.

Panel Discussion 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Wildlife Values in the West  Workshops and Presentations  

Greg Sheehan, Director DWR

The Utah Divisions of Wildlife Resources (DWR) Director will have a panel discussion about a recent study.  Topics include Wildlife Relationship to a Broader Societal Value Shift, Agency Decision-making, Philosophy for serving and involving Public in Wildlife Management, and Future Demand


4 pm - 5:30 pm

Movie Showing

'Bluebird Man', 'Scavenger Hunt', 'Wings of Thunder' and/or 'Into a World of Wonder'

Davis County Legacy Events Center building 1

Keynote Address & Dinner 6 pm

Keynote speaker  David Allen Sibley & Dutch oven dinner

The Psychology of Bird Identification

Vegetarian meals available.  Ticket required.  Cost $35 until March 6th then $40


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