FARMINGTON -- USA Today named the Great Salt Lake Nature Center at Farmington Bay as one of the "51 Greatest Places to See Wildlife."
The Davis County Commission recognized the July 29 article at its commission meeting Tuesday.
Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said the article helps put the area "on the map" by giving Farmington Bay national exposure.
The Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, during the migration and nesting season, serves as home to hundreds of thousands of waterbirds, songbirds and raptors, according to the Division of Wildlife Resources/Farmington Bay WMA website. Downs said the bald eagle is just one bird species that can be viewed from Farmington Bay.
Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said the USA Today article "certainly is a positive thing," adding that even though the piece may not transform Farmington Bay into a big revenue-generating location, it does show what a "terrific amenity" Farmington Bay is to the county.
"When you're out there, you feel you are part of nature," Petroff said, describing the tranquil setting the bay area offers visitors.
In 1991, the Great Salt Lake and associated wetlands, including Farmington Bay WMA, became part of the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network. The designation reflects the significance of the ecosystem to more than 30 species and millions of individual shorebirds.
Farmington Bay WMA, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round, is accessible from 1325 W. Glover Lane in Farmington.