Great Salt Lake Bird Festival schedule 2017

Thursday , May 18, 2017 - 12:00 AM

MATILYN MORTENSEN, Standard-Examiner Staff

The Great Salt Lake Bird Festival runs Thursday, May 18, to Monday, May 22. Unless otherwise noted, participants should bring binoculars, water, snacks and/or lunch, camera, sunscreen, hat, and appropriate clothing on field trips.

Information about registering for field trips can be found on the festival website

* = event is available more than one day of the festival.

Thursday, May 18

Four Mile Ranch

Details: Tour a working ranch that practices beneficial wildlife stewardship. There is a moderate hike to the site. Limit 20 participants; drive your own vehicle. $15

When and where: 5:15-10 a.m.; McDonald’s, 25 S. 800 East, Hyrum

Deseret Ranch Field Trip*

Details: Visit the largest ranch in Utah, home to 260 bird species; Limit 25 people; Mini-bus provided. $80

When and where: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 18 and 22; South Weber Park and Ride, northwest corner of South Weber Drive and State Road 89

Raptor Road Trip

Details: Explore the ecology of Summit and Rich counties; Limit eight people; Van provided. $75

When and where: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 W., Farmington 

Swaner Eco-Center

Details: Visit areas of the preserve usually closed to the public; Limit 10 people; drive your own vehicle. $15

When and where: 7 a.m. to noon; Southeast corner of Shopko parking lot, behind Red Lobster 2294 S. 130 East, Salt Lake City

Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve and Gillmor Sanctuary, South Shore Great Salt Lake

Details: Three Utah bird experts will give a special tour of these two areas; Limit 20 people; Vans provided. $35

When and where: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington 

Photography at Farmington Bay

Details: Learn tips and techniques for bird photography. Bring your own camera and lenses; Limit 15 people; drive your own vehicle. $20

When and where: 8 a.m. to noon; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Photography at Willard Bay State Park

Details: Learn tips and techniques for bird photography. Bring your own camera and lenses; Limit 15; drive your own vehicle. $20

When and where: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Meet outside north entrance, 900 W. 650. North, Willard

Lunch Cruise on the Great Salt Lake*

Details: Tour the south end of the Great Salt Lake on the motor yacht “Sunset.” Boarding is at 10:30 a.m.. The yacht departs at 11 a.m.. Box style lunches will be served. Limit 30 people. $70

When and where: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Great Salt Lake State Park Marina, May 18 and 22, 13312 W. 1075 South, Magna

Research Boat Tour on Great Salt Lake*

Details: Tour the Great Salt Lake by boat with a wildlife biologist. Limit eight people. $40

When and where: 1-3 p.m., May 18 and 21, Great Salt Lake State Park Marina, 13312 W. 1075 South, Magna

Birds and Spurs*

Details: Two hour birding tour by horseback on Antelope Island. Bring your own horse. Limit six people. $110

When and where: 5-7 p.m., May 18 and 22; 8-10 a.m., May 19 and 21; Fielding Garr Ranch, Antelope Island Dr.

Owl Prowl at Antelope Island State Park*

Details: Tour Antelope Island in search of owls and the sunset. Limit 20. Vans provided. $35

When and where: 5-9:30 p.m., May 18 and 21; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Amazing Raptors

Details: Enjoy an education family program and meet a variety of raptors, including owls, hawks and falcons. Limit 40. $5

When and where: 7-9 p.m.; Meet at Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, 1490 Park Blvd., Ogden, UT 84401 

Friday, May 19

Birding Diamond Fork Canyon Area, Utah County

Details: Visit Diamond Fork Canyon Area which encompasses a wide diversity of habits and birds. Limit 15 people. Drive your own vehicle. $15

When and where: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Meet at Springville Wal-Mart, 660 S. 1750 West, Springville

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge: “Behind the Gates” Field Trip*

Details:Visit the Bear River Refuge with its 78,000 acres of developed wetlands. About 50 species of birds are normally seen. Limit 23-24 people; Mini-bus provided. $60

When and where: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 19 and 21; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Morgan County: Backyard Birding in Two Habitats*

Details: Experience some of the best birding in Morgan County, found in the backyards of houses in the towns of Morgan and Croydon in Weber Canyon. Additionally, there will be birding along Weber River in Henefer. Limit 20 people. Drive your own vehicle. $20

When and where: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., May 19 and 20, north side of 7-Eleven, 404 E. 300 North, Morgan 

Birding Rockport Reservoir Canoe/Kayak

Details: Enjoy a birding experience on the reservoir using canoes and kayaks. Limit 12 people. Bring your own canoe/kayak. $40

When and where: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Meet at South east corner of Shopko parking lot, behind Red Lobster 2294 S. 130 East, Salt Lake City

American Kestrel

Details: Learn about American Kestrel behavior while visiting active American Kestrel nests. Limit 15 people. Vans provided. $35

When and where: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington 

Student Art Display and Vendor Booths

Details: Noon to 7 p.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington 

Burrowing Owl Field Trip*

Details: Field trip to Antelope Island State Park to look for burrowing owl sites. Limit 20 people. Vans supplied. $35

When and where: 2-5 p.m., May 19; 9 a.m. to noon, 1-4 p.m. and 2-5 p.m., May 20; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Bare Naked Birding Workshop

Details: The less equipment the better. Free.

When and where: 3-4:30 p.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington 

Book Signing

Details: Noah Strycker, author of “Birding without Borders,” “The Thing with Feathers,” and “Among Penguins” will sign books. Bring your own copies, or purchase at event.

When and where: 5-6 p.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Student Art Contest Awards Presentation

When and where: 5:45-6 p.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Artsy Adaptations with Tracy Aviary

Details: Tracy Aviary educators will lead families in hands-on activities exploring the connection between bird features and their habitats.

When and where: 6-7 p.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Great Salt Lake*

Details: Dinner cruise and tour of the south end of the Great Salt lake aboard the motor yacht “Sunset.” Boarding is at 5:30 p.m.. Yacht departs at 6 p.m. A four course dinner will be served. Limit 20 people. Cost $90

When and where: 6-9 p.m. May 19 and 21, Great Salt Lake State Park Marina, 13312 W. 1075 South, Magna

Saturday, May 20

NOTE: All workshops are held at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Legacy Nature Preserve, “Behind the Gates”

Details: Guided tour of the new Legacy Nature Preserve. Rubber boots are advised. Limit 10 people. Vans provided. $35

When and where: 6 a.m. to noon; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Glover Ponds at Sunrise

Details: An opportunity for close up observation at the Great Salt Lake Nature Center deck. Limit 15 people. $15

When and where: 7-9 a.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Birding by Ear

Details: Learn to identify different birds by their songs. Field trip at 7 a.m. Workshop at 10 a.m. Limit 10 people. Vans supplied. $35

When: 7-11 a.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington 

Antelope Island: Causeway and Garr Ranch

Details: Visit a popular migrant stopover at Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island early in the morning before it is usually open to the public. Limit 52 people. Bus provided. $50

When and where: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Workshop: Bird Photography: Get Started the Right Way

Details: This workshop offers an introduction to the theory and techniques of bird photography.

When: 8-9 a.m.

Bountiful Pond

Details: Visit this large pond for the opportunity to see a variety of different bird species. Limit 20 people. $15

When and where: 7:30-10 a.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Boy Scout Merit Badge and Youth Program

Details: This is an opportunity for scouts ages 11 to 17 to earn the Bird Study Merit Badge. Bring your own merit badge cards with the application portion signed by your unit leader. Limit 30 boy scouts. $5, leaders free

When and where: 8 a.m. to noon; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area “Behind the Gates”

Details: Come to Farmington Bay and see nest building in action. Limit 54 people. Bus provided. $25

When and where: 9 a.m. to noon; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington 

Workshop: Owls Inside and Out

Details: This program will feature live owls and a powerpoint and explain what makes an owl an owl. Free

When and where: 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Workshop: Talent of Talons

Details: This workshop will allow participants to get an introduction to birds of prey and their unique characteristics. Free

When and where: 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Make and take crafts, youth activities, vendor booths open, food

Free, family-friendly events.

When and where: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Youth Activities

Details: Youth activities with take-home items. Free

When and where: 10 a.m to 2 p.m., May 20; Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Workshop: Make and Take Birdhouses

Details: All tools and aprons will be provided. Bring your family or youth group to make and take home a birdhouse. Free

When: 10 a.m. to noon

Workshop: Ice Age Utah

Details: During the ice age, Utah was home to lions, cheetahs, saber-toothed cats, camels, mammoths and many more animals. This presentation will feature skeletons from these ice age giants.

When: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Workshop: Life History Styles of the Rich and Famous: A look at Utah Butterflies

Details: This workshop will feature Powerpoint presentation and live caterpillar displays. Weather permitting, a field trip will follow.

When: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Workshop: Scratching Amidst the Litter: A Towhee’s Tale

Details: A discussion about the towhee bird-- where they can be found, different species, behavior, and interesting facts.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Workshop: Be (Utah Birds) Wild Aware

Details: Learn how your actions affect wildlife.

When: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Workshop: Veracruz River of Raptors Project

Details: A program over viewing the Veracruz River of Raptors project located near the Gulf Coast of eastern Mexico. This project is designed to monitor the largest raptor migration on Earth.

When: 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Farmington Bay “Behind the Gates”

Details: Visit this popular nesting area, the majority of which is normally off-limits to the public during the nesting season. Limit 54 people. Bus provided. $25

When and where: 1-4 p.m., May 20; Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Workshop: Nature Photography: Producing Quality Images

Details: Learn how to photograph animals while leaving them undisturbed.

When: 1-2 p.m.

Birding for Beginners Workshop and Farmington Birding Hot Spots Field trip

Details: This free one hour workshop for beginners and families will discuss bird identification and common birds in the farmington area. Following the workshop, there will be a field trip to six viewing areas. Field trip tickets available online: adults $5, children free

When and where: The workshop is from 1-2 p.m.; the field trip is from 2-5 p.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Workshop: The Great Salt Lake Project

Details: The 2016 journalist of the year, Leia Larsen, will share the experiences and findings she has gained while reporting on issues relating to the Great Salt Lake. Free

When: 1-2 p.m.

Workshop: Hornbills, Kingfishers and Kookaburras

Details: Come learn about these unique birds. Free

When: 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Workshop: Are you a Peli-can or a Peli-can’t?

Details: Learn how you can participate in new opportunities to uncover mysteries about the Great Salt Lake pelicans. Free

When: 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Workshop: The Future of America's Fish and Wildlife, Final Recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Panel

Details: Learn more about the health benefits of spending time in nature and why everyone benefits from healthy fish and wildlife. Free

When: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Movie Showing

Details: “Wings of Thunder,” and/or “Into a World of Wonder.” Free

When: 4-5:30 p.m.; Davis County Legacy Events Center, building 1, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Keynote Speaker Noah Strycker and Dutch Oven Dinner

Details: Author of the books “Birding without Borders,” “The Thing with Feathers,” and “Among Penguins,” will speak. Ticket required: $40

When and where: 6 p.m., May 20; Davis County Legacy Events Center 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Sunday, May 21

Marathon Birding

Details: A long, fast-paced day with the goal of seeing as many birds in as many varied habitats as possible. Lunch will be provided. Bring water and food for the rest of the day. Limit 8 people. Vans provided. $95

When and where: 6 a.m. to midnight; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington 

Bird the West Desert and Pony Express Trail

Details: Experience the birds of the west desert and the ruggedness of the Pony Express Trail first hand. Limit 15 people. Vans provided. $70

When and where: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Meet at 6 a.m. at the Davis County Legacy Events Center in Farmington or at 7 a.m. at the Macey’s grocery store parking lot in Tooele

Jordanelle Wetlands and Heber Field

Details: Visit the wetlands below Jordanelle Dam in the footlands of the Uinta Mountains for birding. Limit 20 people. $20

When and where: 7 a.m. to noon; Southeast corner of Shopko parking lot, behind Red Lobster 2294 S. 130 East, Salt Lake City 

The Nature Conservancy’s Kay’s Creek

Details: Learn about wetland restoration. Limit 15 people. $15

When and where: 8-10 a.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington, UT 84025 

Monday, May 22

Cache Valley Hotspots

Details: This trip will highlight the area’s great diversity of birds and other wildlife secrets. Limit 53 people. Bus provided. $45

When and where: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

Rare Bird Chase

Details: Late May is one of the best time to find rare and unusual migrant or vagrant birds in Utah. Limit 8 people. Vans provided. $75

When and where: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

City Center Bird Walk

Details: This field trip will feature areas of Salt Lake City which attract a variety of birds. This field trip will involve a 20 minute hike through City Creek Park. Limit 20 people. $15

When and where: 7 a.m. to noon; Meet at Temple Square North Visitor’s Center, 50 N. Temple, Salt Lake City

Utah County Hotspots

Visit Rocky Mountain scrub oak and pinyon-juniper habitats. Approximately 90 species have been seen on this trip. Limit 25 people. $20

When and where: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Meet at the Wal-Mart, 1052 Turf Farm Road, Payson

Grassland Birds and Short-eared Owl

Details: A trip to some of Northern Utah’s unique grassland and sagebrush habitats to look for birds, including the short-eared owl. Limit eight people. Vans provided. $75

When and where: 1:30-9:30 p.m.; Meet at Davis County Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington

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