The Birds Seen at the
2014 Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Field Trips
Birding on Antelope Island's Fielding Garr Ranch
Birders on Bikes
|= Field Trips = Workshops and Presentations = Fun for KIDS|
|Thurs, May15 » Fri, May16 » Sat, May17 » Sun, May18 » Mon, May19 »|
|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.|
|Photography at Kaysville Ponds
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||
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
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''
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
|Presentation 5:45-6pm||Welcome for Festival Attendees and Student Art Contest Awards
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
|Live Birds of Prey Show
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
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