2014 Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Field Trips

Photo by: Deedee O'Brien. Pineview Reservoir
Photo by: Deedee O'Brien. Pineview Reservoir
Burrowing Owls
Photo by: Deedee O'Brien. Kayak Mantua Reservoir
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MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014
Unless otherwise noted, participants should bring binoculars, water, snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trip, camera, sunscreen, hat, and appropriate clothing.
#50

6am – 6pm
Deseret Ranch Field Trip Field trip after workshop   
Bill Fenimore & John Bellmon  Hosted by Wild About Birds Nature Center 
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 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 & 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
#51

6am – 3pm
Cache Valley Hotspots Field trip after workshop   
Val Grant, Dr. Frank Howe, 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. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center at 6 am .
Limit 25. Mini-bus. Cost $45
#52

6am – 5pm
Rare Bird Chase  Field trip after workshop
Bryant Olsen
Join us to "twitch" after any rarities.  Late May is the peak of neo-tropical song bird and shorebird migration, and one of the best times of year to fine "rare" and unusual migrants and vagrants in Utah.  It also just so happen that this will be on the last day of the festival, so we can shase after any rarities found on the previous field trips.  Itinerary to be determined the day of the field trip, depending on what is being reported at that time.  Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 8. Vans. Cost $60
#53

7am – 12pm
City Center Bird Walk  Field trip after workshop
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 $15
#54

7am – 2pm
Oquirrh Mountains: Birding Kennecott Property Field trip after workshop
George Fawson & 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. Meet at the Davis County Legacy Events Center.
Limit 8. Van. Cost $37
#55

7am – 3pm
Utah County Hotspots Field trip after workshop
Dennis Shirley
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. Meet at the Payson Wal-Mart, 1052 Turf Farm Road.  Southbound I-15 take the 2nd Payson exit.
Limit 25. Own vehicles. Cost $12
#56      7 am - 3 pm Cutler Reservoir - Bird by Canoe or Kayak

Phil Douglass

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 7 am 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.

Limit 6. Own Vehicles. Cost $35

#57

7:30 - 9 am
Pontoon Boat on Great Salt Lake  Field trip after workshop
Dave Ghizzone, 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
#58

6am – 6pm
Exploring Promontory Field trip after workshop
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! 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 $40
#59      10 am- 12 pm Exploring Our Wonderful Wetlands at Tracy Aviary

Tracy Aviary Staff

Join us for a morning of celebrating Utah's wetland birds and ecosystems at Tracy Aviary! During this all-age appropriate field trip, we will take a sneak peek into the lives of charismatic wetland birds we meet on the Utah's Wonderful Wetlands Tour, and then get our hands wet learning about life in riparian areas on the Sense-ational Stream Exploration.  Staff-let activities will run for approximately two hours, and with Tracy Aviary's day admission included in this field trip, afterward you are welcome to attend daily on-site events and explore the grounds at your leisure.  Meet at Tracy Aviary 589 E. 1300 S. Salt Lake City, UT 84105  Enter Liberty Park from 900 South- it is one-way.

Own Vehicles. Cost $3

#  60    10 am - 12 pm Exploring Our Wonderful Wetlands at Tracy Aviary

Tracy Aviary Staff

Join us for a morning of celebrating Utah's wetland birds and ecosystems at Tracy Aviary! During this all-age appropriate field trip, we will take a sneak peek into the lives of charismatic wetland birds we meet on the Utah's Wonderful Wetlands Tour, and then get our hands wet learning about life in riparian areas on the Sense-ational Stream Exploration.  Staff-let activities will run for approximately two hours, and with Tracy Aviary's day admission included in this field trip, afterward you are welcome to attend daily on-site events and explore the grounds at your leisure.  Meet at Tracy Aviary 589 E. 1300 S. Salt Lake City, UT 84105  Enter Liberty Park from 900 South- it is one-way.

Own Vehicles. Cost $3

#61

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.  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
#62

5:45pm – 9:30pm
Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve Evening Walk Family Birding  Field trip after workshop   Field trip after workshop
TNC Staff
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. 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
#63

7 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunset Pontoon Boat on Great Salt Lake  Field trip after workshop
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


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