The Birds Seen at the
2015 Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Field Trips
Photo by: Scott Baxter. Kayak on Great Salt Lake
|= Field Trips = Workshops and Presentations = Fun for KIDS|
|Thurs, May14 » Fri, May15 » Sat, May16 » Sun, May17 » Mon, May18 »|
|SUNDAY, MAY 17, 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 – midnight
Tim Avery and Jeff Bilsky
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 effort will be made to include locales where these birds are possible although no guarantees, of course. Lunch will be provided. Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 8. Vans. Cost $95
7am – 12pm
|Jordanelle Wetlands and Heber Fields
Dr. Russell Norvell
The wetlands below Jordanelle Dam offer excellent birding in these foothills to the Uinta Mountains. This area is an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA). There is no mist netting on this trip. Possible species include: American Dipper, Osprey, Black-headed Grosbeak, Warbling Vireo, Swainson’s Thrush, Common Yellowthroat and Bullock’s Oriole. We will also look for returning Bobolinks. Meet Russ at SE corner of the ShopKo parking lot located at the 1300 East exit from I-80 in Salt Lake City. The drive is about 40 minutes.
Limit 20. Own vehicles. Cost $15
7am – 1pm
|Ambassador Duck Club
Wayne Martinson, Patrick Kelly, Dick Gilbert
This is a "behind-the-gates" birding tour of a 3,000 acre private duck club on the south shore of Great Salt Lake. This well-managed wetland habitat is home to a variety of waterfowl. Possible species include: Snowy Plover, Cinnamon and Blue-winged teal, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Great and Snowy egrets, Loggerhead Shrike, Burrowing Owl, and perhaps Peregrine Falcon. The trip involves short, easy walk, and birding from vans. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 14. Vans. Cost $35
7am – 3pm
|"Behind-the-Gates" at Bear River
Howard Browers & Dr. Frank Howe
Spend a day with expert birder, Utah Division of Wildlife Resource's Dr. Frank Howe on a “behind-the-gates” birding adventure at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Bear River naturalists Steve & Louise Brown will be co-leaders. You will soon learn and see why this area has been protected over the last 75 years. It is considered one of the top ten birding spots in the nation and one of Utah’s premier birding hotspots. Its 74,000 acres provide a vast wetland habitat for a phenomenal number of migrants including waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, White-faced Ibis, several species of blackbirds, gulls, terns, swallows, marsh wrens, and more. You will bird parts of the Refuge not normally open to the public. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 25. Mini-Bus. Cost $40
|Cruise Boat on Great Salt Lake
Dave Chizzone, Gonzo Tours
Tour the south end of the Great Salt Lake Aboard the beautiful new 54' cruise boat "Sunset" while seeing the bird life at the south end of the lake. Board the boat at the Great Salt Lake Marina at 1075 South 13312 West, Magna, UT 84044. Take I-80 West to exit 104. Weather Permitting. Questions call Dave 801-698-6288
Limit 24. Own Vehicles. Cost $40
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
8am – 10am
|The Nature Conservancy’s Kay’s Creek
Chris Brown, The Nature Conservancy
Join The Nature Conservancy for an exclusive opportunity to see how wetlands restoration has improved habitat for birds at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve. Guides will show you how Kay’s Creek was restored to its natural meander. This restoration has helped control flooding and sedimentation. You will also see how historic ponds and natural depression in the surrounding meadows were augmented to create ponds that have become prime habitat for feeding and nesting shorebirds and waterfowl. There are many species of birds using this riparian preserve. This portion of the preserve is closed to the public, so don’t miss this opportunity to explore "behind-the-gates." Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center and follow guide to site.
Limit 15. Own vehicles. Cost $12
1pm – 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 Antelope Island State Park Marina at 12:45 pm. 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 – 9:30pm
|Owl Prowl on Antelope Island
Jolene Rose, Katie McVey, Neil Paprock
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 trip. Antelope Island is prime habitat for several species of owl: Great Horned, Barn, Burrowing, Long-eared and Short-eared owls. Naturalist Michelle will show 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 Cruise & Dinner on Great Salt Lake
Dave Ghizzone, Gonzo Tours
Enjoy a 4 course dinner aboard the beautiful new 54' cruise boat "Sunset" while seeing the bird life at the south end of the Great Salt Lake. Indoor seating for dinner. board boat at the Great Salt Lake Marina 1075 South 13312 West, Magna, UT 84044. Take I-80 west to exit 104. Weather permitting. Questions call Dave 801-698-6288.
Limit 20. Own Vehicles. Cost $85