FARMINGTON -- Visitors from Australia to New York state attended the 14th annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, with 48 of the 53 bird watching field trips selling out.
"It takes time, but I think we're reaching people," said Neka Roundy, bird festival coordinator.
In June, Roundy will present to the Davis County Commission a full report on the May 17-21 event.
Early estimates put festival crowds at 3,500 to 4,000 people -- many of those families with young children, she said. An estimated 3,500 people attended the event in 2011.
There appeared to be more people attending the festival this year, based on the number attending the workshops, Roundy said, although no official count is available.
"I think we hit a home run with the next generation," Roundy said of the children who attended the festival workshops, activities and field trips.
Three boys in particular, Ivan Richardson, 8, of St. George and Sam Franks, 9, and Bridger Dorius, 10, both of Kaysville, seemed to enjoy themselves, joining famed bird-watching expert Greg Miller on a May 19 field trip, Roundy said. Many people on the field trip spoke of how exuberant and knowledgeable the boys were, calling out the names of the different species of birds as they passed them on the bus, she said.
This year it was the intent of the county to have the festival focus on families, by offering select activities and live bird shows presented by Hawkwatch International, Hogle Zoo and Tracy Aviary.
The festival also included, on May 19, a day of free events at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington. Roundy said many people attended the events, but she has no count where there was no admission gate.
More than 200 people did attend the festival dinner held later that same day, Roundy said.
Most of those attending the festival were from the Wasatch Front, Roundy said, but this year they did have visitors from 14 different states, including Florida, Pennsylvania and Alabama.