2015 Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Program

Photo by: Dr. Jimmy Chen
Photo by: Scott Baxter. Great Egret, Egg Island
Birding for Beginners
Photo by: Deedee O'Brien. Avocet
Field trip after workshop = Field Trips       Workshops and Presentations = Workshops and Presentations       Field trip after workshop = Fun for KIDS
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MONDAY, MAY 18, 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 – 6pm
Deseret Ranch Field Trip Field trip after workshop   
Bill Fenimore & John Bellmon  Hosted by Wild About Birds Nature Center  
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 Sage 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 the Hwy 89 and I-84 junction on the west side of UT Hwy 89.
Limit 27. Mini-bus. Cost $75

6am – 3pm
Cache Valley Hotspots Field trip after workshop   
Val Grant & Dr. Frank Howe
Cache Valley (made famous by mountain men during the fur trade era) 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 Davis County Legacy Events Center at 6 am .
Limit 25. Mini-bus. Cost $45

6am – 5pm
Rare Bird Chase  Field trip after workshop 
Bryant Olsen
Join us to "twitch" after any rarities.  Late May is the peak of neo-tropical song bird and shorebird migration, and one of the best times of year to fine "rare" and unusual migrants and vagrants in Utah.  It also just so happen that this will be on the last day of the festival, so we can shase 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 Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 8. Vans. Cost $60

7am – 12pm
City Center Bird Walk  Field trip after workshop 
Bob Walters & Terri Clemons
This field trip showcases Memory Grove, the Peregrine Falcon nest at the Joseph SMith building, the 6 acre roof of the LDS Church Conference Center, and the gardens at Temple Square.  All attract a variety of birds. Meet at the North Visitor’s Center at Temple Square at 7 am (gate directly across from the Conference Center on North Temple St.). This field trip involves a 20 minute hike through City Creek Park.
Limit 20. Own vehicles. Cost $15

7am – 2pm
Oquirrh Mountains: Birding Kennecott Property Field trip after workshop 
Ann Neville & Eric Peterson
This is a rare opportunity to visit Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper’s property in the Oquirrh Mountains. Our tour on this expansive private property will include sage-steppe, maple and oak habitats. Some easy walking is involved. Possible species include: Green-tailed Towhee, Lazuli Bunting, Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock’s Oriole, Gray Flycatcher, Juniper Titmouse, Pinyon Jay, Mountain Bluebird, and Virginia’s Warbler. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 8. Van. Cost $37

7am – 3pm
Utah County Hotspots Field trip after workshop
Dennis Shirley and/or Utah County Birders
Visit Rocky Mountain scrub oak and pinyon-juniper habitats. This is 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 at the Payson Wal-Mart, 1052 Turf Farm Road.  Southbound I-15 take the 2nd Payson exit.
Limit 25. Own vehicles. Cost $12
#55      7 am - 11:30 am Kaysville East Mountain Wilderness Park Field trip after workshop        

Les Talbot

Enjoy a leisurely walk through the foothills east of Kaysville.  The gentle terrain through oak brush foarest provides a perfect habitat for local songbirds.  There will be a short hike up to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.  Possible bird sightings include: Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Black-headed Grosbeak, American Robin, Western Scrub jay, House Finch, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, and Black-billed Magpie.  Meet at the Park: from US 89 take 400 North in Fruit Heights, then a sharp left turn.  Go east up 650 North and park in the parking lot.

Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $13


8-10:30 am
Kayak on Great Salt Lake  Field trip after workshop
Dave Ghizzone, Gonzo Tours
Paddle to one of the Great Salt Lake's most well-know rookeries, Egg Island, off the north end of Antelope Island.  A quiet peaceful guided tour aboard either tandem or single person kayaks with close views of Eared Grebes, Gulls, Great Blue Herons, Cormorants, and perhaps Black-crowned Night Heron.  Approx 3 miles round trip.  Meet at GREAT SALT LAKE MARINA. Weather Permitting. Questions call Dave 801-698-6288
Limit 12. Own Vehicles. Cost $35

6am – 6pm
Exploring Promontory Field trip after workshop
Howard Browers & Adam Brewerton
This is a birding adventure to the west desert at the base of the rarely visited Promontory Mountains. It is a long drive without facilities (bush parties rule) with short easy bird walks. An excellent variety of bird species is possible, including: waterfowl, Chukar, Gray Partridge, Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Long-billed Curlew, Burrowing and Short-eared owls, Western Wood-Pewee, Say’s Phoebe, Rock Wren, Sage Thrasher, MacGillivray’s and Wilson’s warblers, Brewer’s Sparrow, and possible Grasshopper Sparrow. There are always some surprises! Meet at 6 am at the Davis County Legacy Events Center OR meet inside the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Wildlife Education Center, 2155 West Forest Street, Brigham City for a 7 am departure. Directions: I-15 to Brigham City, take exit #363 (Forest Street), and turn west. The Center is one block west of I-15 on Forest Street.
Limit 10. Vans. Cost $40
#59      10 am - 12 pm Exploring Our Wonderful Wetlands at Tracy Aviary Field trip after workshop

Tracy Aviary Staff

Join us for a morning of celebrating Utah's wetland birds and ecosystems at Tracy Aviary! During this all-age appropriate field trip, we will take a sneak peek into the lives of charismatic wetland birds we meet on the Utah's Wonderful Wetlands Tour, and then get our hands wet learning about life in riparian areas on the Sense-ational Stream Exploration.  Staff-let activities will run for approximately two hours, and with Tracy Aviary's day admission included in this field trip, afterward you are welcome to attend daily on-site events and explore the grounds at your leisure.  Meet at Tracy Aviary 589 E. 1300 S. Salt Lake City, UT 84105  Enter Liberty Park from 900 South- it is one-way.

Limit 40. Own Vehicles. Cost $5


5pm – 7pm
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. Bring binoculars, water, and snacks. 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

7 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunset Boat Tour to Egg Island     Field trip after workshop
Dave Ghizzone, Gonzo Tours
Cruise to one of the Great Salt Lake's most well-known 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


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