The Birds Seen at the
2013 Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Field Trips
Photo by: Deedee O'Brien. Pineview Reservoir
Photo by: Deedee O'Brien. Kayak Mantua Reservoir
|= Field Trips = Workshops and Presentations = Fun for KIDS|
|Thurs, May16 » Fri, May17 » Sat, May18 » Sun, May19 » Mon, May20 »|
|MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013|
6am – 6pm
|Deseret Ranch Field Trip
Bill Fenimore & Dr Russell Norvell
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 with 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. Bring your own lunch, snacks & water. 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 $60
6am – 3pm
|Cache Valley Hotspots
Val Grant, Dr. Frank Howe, Dick Mueller, Les Talbot
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. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center at 6 am .
Limit 25. Mini-bus. Cost $43
6am – 5pm
|Raptors on the Ranch
Don Paul, Valerie Frokjer
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, Redtailed, Swainson's and Ferruginous hawks, Northern Harriers, Prairie and Peregrine Falcons, Cooper's 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. Bring lunch, snacks, water. Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 8. Vans. Cost $57
7am – 12pm
|City Center Bird Walk
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 $13
7am – 2pm
|Oquirrh Mountains: Birding Kennecott Property
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. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 8. Van. Cost $37
7am – 3pm
|Utah County Hotspots
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. Bring own lunch and water. Meet at the Payson Wal-Mart, 1052 Turf Farm Road. Southbound I-15 take the 2nd Payson exit.
Limit 25. Own vehicles. Cost $12
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. Bring your camera and binoculars for a fun trip! Meet at Antelope Island State Park Marina. (I-15 exit #332, go west to Antelope Island). Weather Permitting
Limit 14. Own Vehicles. Cost $35
6am – 6pm
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! Bring food and water. 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 $37
5pm – 7pm
|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. 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
5:45pm – 9:30pm
|Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve Evening
Walk Family Birding
This is a relaxing birding experience at The Nature Conservancy’s Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve. You will not be rushed. We will take some time to study the birds and habitat found at this very accessible nature preserve. Possible species include: Peregrine Falcon, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk and other raptors, Sandhill Crane, various ducks, herons and egrets, Marsh Wren, swallows and the elusive Sora. Dress in neutral colors. Bring water and binoculars. This is an easy one mile walking trip on a boardwalk. Meet at the site: 3200 West and Gentile St. Layton. Turn south to Preserve.
Limit 20. Own vehicles. Cost $12
6 - 8 pm
|Family Night at Wetland discovery Point- an
evening filled with birds!
Melinda McAllister & Utah State University
Be prepared for activities and avian exploration for the whole family. We'll look at basic identification and anatomy for all ages and spend time walking the trails around our system of ponds. Meet at Wetland Discovery Point 676 South 50 West in Kaysville. Directions: From I-15 take exit #328 in Kaysville. go east to traffic light at Main St. Turn right (south). Turn right at light on 350 South. Turn left at stop sign on 50 West- go to 676 South (on west side of street).
Own vehicles. Cost $12 per family
7 pm – 8:30 pm
|Sunset Pontoon Boat on Great Salt Lake
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 Antelope Island State Park Marina. (I-15 exit #332, go west to Antelope Island). Weather Permitting
Limit 14. Own Vehicles. Cost $35