2015 Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Field Trips

Photo by: Dr. Jimmy Chen
Photo by: Dr. Jimmy Chen. Cache County
Photo by: Deedee O'Brian. Pineview Reservoir
Photo by: Deedee O'Brien. Pineview Reservoir
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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2015
Unless otherwise noted, participants should bring binoculars, water, snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trip, camera, sunscreen, hat, and appropriate clothing.

5:15am - 10:30am
4-Mile Ranch Field trip after workshop
Ron Greer, Val Grant, Bret Selman 
Tour the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award-winning 4-Mile Ranch. This is a working ranch that practices beneficial wildlife stewardship and is owned and operated by the Selman Family. Here you will have an opportunity to see the Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse and , with a little luck,  their breeding dance. Other species that are often seen at the Ranch include: Sandhill Crane, Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Northern Harrier, Grasshopper, Sage, Vesper, and Brewer’s Sparrows, Wild Turkey, Dusky and Ruffed Grouse Mountain Bluebird, and Hairy Woodpecker. Meet at the McDonald’s in Hyrum at 5:15 am. It is a moderate hike to the site. Accommodations will be arranged for those unable to hike. Bring water and snacks. 
Limit 20. Own vehicles. Cost $15

6am – 6pm
Deseret Ranch Field trip after workshop  
Bill Fenimore & Dr. Russell Norvell Hosted by Wild About Birds Nature Center  
Enjoy a birding 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 and 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
#3          6 am -   6 pm Raptor Roadtrip Field trip after workshop

Don Paul & Randy Chatelain  Hosted by Wild About Birds Nature Center

Spend a day exploring the ecology of some of Utah’s most charismatic birds including a nesting pair of osprey. We will investigate Summit and Rich county landscapes including Deseret Ranch, that are the breeding and foraging habitats of large diurnal raptors. Golden Eagles, Red-tailed, Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks, Northern Harriers, Prairie and Peregrine falcons, Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned hawks and Northern Goshawk make their home in these same mountain forests.  We will be watchful for Great Horned Owl, Turkey Vulture, Osprey and the ubiquitous American Kestrel. Don will help with identification of these magnificent birds of prey, as well as describe the various color morphs we encounter. He will discuss and show nesting strategies and behavior, as well as predator/prey relationships.

Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.

Limit 8.  Vans. Cost $75


7am – 4pm
Jordanelle State Park & Rock Cliff Recreation Area Wetlands Field trip after workshop  
Kathy Donnell, Dave Hanscom
The Jordanelle area offers outstanding birding in a wide variety of  habitats.  You will bird the wetlands below Jordanelle Dam, which has been designated a Utah Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA).  This trip involves birding along a boardwalk through wetland and riparian woods, as well as the open water reservoir for migrating waterfowl. Possible species include: American Dipper, Warbling Vireo, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow and Yellow-rumped warblers, Swainson’s Thrush, American Redstart, Bullock’s Oriole, and Osprey. 
Meet a trip leader in the ShopKo parking lot near the 13th East exit of I-80 in Salt Lake City.
Limit 20. Own Vehicles Cost $15

7am – 2pm
Willard Bay State Park Field trip after workshop  
Valerie Frokjer & Melissa Burns
Willard Bay is a spring migrant trap along the eastern edge of Great Salt Lake.  The area also includes a variety of nesting passerines and shore birds.  Stroll along trails and roadways around wetlands and uplands.  Possible species include Gray Catbird, Bullock's Oriole, Western Tanager, Downy Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, Black-headed Grosbeak, swallows, and various warblers.  Bring your own lunch and water. Meet  at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 15. Vans. Cost $35

7am – 2pm
ISSR and Gillmor Sanctuary Field trip after workshop    
Ella Sorensen, Ann Neville, Wayne Martinson
Join three of Utah’s birding experts for a “behind-the-gates” tour of the south shore of Great Salt Lake, Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve (ISSR), a private mitigation property with numerous ponds, mudflats, and upland areas. The Gillmor Sanctuary is a National Audubon property, not open to the general public. Possible species include: American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson’s Phalarope, Snowy Plover, various waterfowl, grebes, swallows, Peregrine Falcon, and Golden Eagle.  Meet  at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 20. Vans. Cost $35

7 am - 12 pm

Swaner EcoCenter Field trip after workshop

Vivian Schneggenburger

Swaner's high altitude wetland meadows and uplands are home to more than 70 species of birds.  The Eco Center is conveniently located just off I-80 in the heart of Kimball Junction.  Sandhill Cranes have successfully nested and reared young in recent years and are very visible in the spring months.  Enjoy gorgeous mountain views and walk in areas of the preserve normally closed to the public.  Possible species include Mountain Bluebirds, Yellow-headed and Red-winged blackbirds, swallows, various raptors and Yellow Warblers.  Meet Vivian in the SE corner of the ShopKo parking lot (behind Red Lobster) in Salt Lake City (exit 1300 East off I-80). Wear your 'mud' shoes' just in case.  A visit to the Swaner EcoCenter is included in the ticket fee.  Take time to explore the engaging exhibits in the greenest building in Utah!  Visit www.swanerecocenter.org for more information.

Limit 10. Own Vehicles. Cost $15


7:30am - 11:30am
Jordan River Parkway   Field trip after workshop 
Van Hoover
Discover the wonder of the Jordan River Parkway through the eyes of the Jordan River Community Initiative.  This group works with community members to better understand the river as a vital natural space and a great place to spend time. Possible species include Yellow Warbler, Western Tanager, Bullock’s Oriole, Red-Winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, and ducks. Meet at the Kennecott Nature Center 5044 S. Lucky Clover Lane. ( approx. 5100 South and 800 West) in Murray.
Limit 15. Own vehicles. Cost $13

7:30 - 9 am
Boat on Great Salt Lake Field trip after workshop
Dave Chizzone, 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.  A quiet peaceful tour aboard a 23' vessel with close vies 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 at 801-698-6288.
Limit 12. Own Vehicles. Cost $40
#10        1 pm  - 3pm Research Boat Tour on Great Salt Lake

John Luft & Jim Van Leeuwen

Why is there such an abundant suite of wildlife, particularly birds on Great Salt Lake ?  Take a ride with the wildlife biologist who is responsible for monitoring the lake’s health.  Board the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources research boat and experience Great Salt Lake ’s ecosystem first hand.  You will likely see Eared Grebes and various gulls, although this is not a birding trip.  This excursion is a hands-on learning experience about GSL ecology and current research projects.  The geology and history of the islands and other landscapes will be discussed.  Meet at the GREAT SALT LAKE MARINA.  This trip is weather permitting. The boat will not be able to go out if the wind is over 10 mph.  Call John at 801-721-9780 for questions.

Limit 8. Own Vehicles. Cost $40


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 resting, nesting and feeding area.. There are an amazing number of migratory shorebirds. 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

5 - 9:30 pm

Owl Prowl, Antelope Island State Park Field trip after workshop 

Dave Oleyar, Charity Gibson, Brian Ferguson

Who, Who should go? Owl lovers that's WHO!  Antelope Island is the largest island (28,000 acres) surrounded by Great Salt Lake.  Picturesque views of the Lake and views of the park's diversified wildlife make this a must do trip.  antelope Island is prime habitat for several species of owl: Great Horned, Barn, burrowing, Long-eared, and Short-eared owls.  You will see Burrowing Owl artificial nesting burrows, as well as natural nesting burrows.  The timing of this evening trip will be great for photographing the island's famous sunsets.  Join us for an owl prowl and see who-who-who is out and about.  Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.

Limit 15. Vans. Cost $35.


7 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunset Boat to Egg Island  Field trip after workshop
Dave Chizzone, 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 GREAT SALT LAKE MARINA. Weather Permitting. Questions call Dave at 801-698-6288.
Limit 12. Own Vehicles. Cost $40

7 pm – 9 pm
Family Owl Night at Ogden Nature Center  Field trip after workshop  
ONC Staff
Are owls really wise?  Do all owls hoot?  And what's with those big, yellow eyes?  Join experts from the Ogden Nature Center as we decode the myths surrounding these amazing birds.  With the help of the ONC's Great-Horned Owl and Short- eared owl, we will discover what makes owls such wonderful hunters and we will delve into their dark and mysterious sides.  Program is held  at the Ogden Nature Center 966 W. 12th St. Ogden, UT 84404
Own Vehicles. Cost $5

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