2015 Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Field Trips

Birding on Antelope Island's Fielding Garr Ranch
Birding on Antelope Island's Fielding Garr Ranch
Birders on Bikes
Birders on Bikes
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 15, 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 –
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

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 $40

7am – 2pm
Birding Diamond Fork Canyon Area, Utah County Field Trip Field trip after workshop   
Keeli Marvel & Tonya Kieffer

Diamond Fork Canyon encompasses a wide diversity of habitats including montane forest, sagebrush, scrub oak, juniper forest, wetland marsh, stream, and pond 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, Pacific wrens, Sage Thrasher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Fox Sparrow. Meet at Springville Wal-Mart 660 S. 1750 W., Springville UT 84663

Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $15


7am – 3pm
Bear River MBR: "Behind-the-Gates'' Field Trip Field trip after workshop   
Howard Browers, 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

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 Tree Swallos, 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 surprises 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

7:45 am - 12 pm
Rock Canyon Birding & Monte L. Bean Museum, Utah County  Field trip after workshop
Merrill Webb
New this year! Travel to Rock Canyon trailhead for a short field trip involving some walking.  Target birds: Canyon Wren, Chuker, Virginia Warbler, and Lazuli Bunting.  10 am visit to BYU's Bean Museum to see their fabulous collection of the world's waterfowl.  Observe the collection of bird study skins downstairs and view Boyd K. Packer's bird carvings.  Meet at the Park n Ride just east of Exit #271 off I-15.
Limit 15. Own Vehicles. Cost $10

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 - 10:30 am
Kayak on Great Salt Lake  Field trip after workshop
Dave Chizzone, Gonzo Tours
Paddle to one of the Great Salt Lake's most well-known 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 Herson.  MEET AT GREAT SALT LAKE MARINA. Weather Permitting. Questions call Dave 801-698-6288
Limit 12. Own Vehicles. Cost $35

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

11 am - 3 pm

American Kestrel Field trip after workshop
Kate Davis & Shawn Hawks

Join nationally recognized photographer and Raptors of the Rockies founder Kate Davis and HWI scientist Shawn Hawks to learn about American Kestrel behavior.  You will visit active American Kestrel nests to observe and monitor.

Limit 15. Vans. Cost $35

Artists, Vendors, Food 12-7 pm Student Art Display & Vendor Booths OPEN

12 - 7 pm


2pm – 5pm
Burrowing Owl Field Trip Field trip after workshop 
Bonnie Messinger & Dave Oleyar
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
The Art of Identification Workshops and Presentations
David Allen Sibley
In this lecture, David will discuss the unique requirements and challenges of illustrating for a field guide.
Book Signing 5 pm Book Signing Workshops and Presentations
David Allen Sibley, Jerry Liguori, Bill Fenimore, Kate Davis.  books will be available for purchase, or bring your own.
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 Corporation

Presentation of Student Art Contest Awards- David Allen Sibley

Davis County Legacy Events Center Building #3

Family Program

6-7 pm
Native Amphibians and Reptiles of Utah! Workshops and Presentations
Sam McKay
Sam McKay, Native Aquatics Biologist with the Northern Region of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, will give 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 species will be available for participants to see, depending on availability.  This is Great Entertainment for birders, youth, and families!

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-know and accessible rookeries, Egg Island, off the north end of Antelope Island.  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
Family Program

7:30 - 9  pm
Meet the Bats of Farmington Bay AT Farmington Bay Workshops and Presentations
Adam Brewerton
Spend the evening learning about one of Utah's other winged creatures, BATS.  Mist netting of live bats will follow the presentation.  Meet at the Great Salt Lake Nature Center at 1700 West Glover Lane, Farmington, UT 84025.

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