January calendar of events

Jan 5 2010 - 6:36pm


Wild Wednesdays: 3:30-4:15 p.m. today. "Scaley Tales". Have you ever wondered what a snake feels like? What about a tortoise shell? Come find out and get an up close look at the Ogden Nature Center's resident reptiles. Learn what makes reptiles so special in the animal world while meeting our threatened desert tortoises and a Great Basin Gopher Snake. Meet in the Visitor Center.

Jan. 13: "Fantastic Falcons". What can dive at over 200 miles per hour? What has a beak that acts like a can opener? Falcons! Spend time observing a live falcon while learning about these fast and fascinating birds.

Jan. 20: "Endangered in Utah". With the help of Des Ta Te, our bald eagle and Laser, our desert tortoise, discover what it means to be an endangered species. Learn what causes animals and plants to become endangered and go extinct and what you can do to help.

Jan. 27: "Wild About Ravens". Have you ever wondered how to tell the difference between a raven and a crow? Come find out as we learn about these mischievous birds. Discover how ravens make and use tools. Meet the Ogden Nature Center's resident raven Cronk while listening to a raven story. Then make your own raven buddy to take home.

Preschool Discovery Days: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Jan. 18. "Frozen Landscapes: Crystals, Scapes & Snowflakes". Preschoolers will discover the complicated patterns of crystals and snowflakes as they enjoy hot cocoa. Songs and stories will help preschoolers learn how plants and animals adapt to the Ogden Nature Center's frozen landscape. Meet in the LS Peery Education Building at the Ogden Nature Center. Also offered 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m. Jan. 18; and same three times Jan. 19.

Beginning Kundalini Yoga: 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Jan. 18. Learn the basics of Kundalini Yoga techniques from Certified Instructor Bruce Fisk in this 8-week class. Kundalini Yoga can help you develop increased energy and sense of well being. During class you will practice some meditation exercises that can bring deep states of relaxation and connectiveness. Bring a yoga mat, blanket and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Pre-register by Jan. 15. Meet in the east classroom of the LS Peery Education Center.

Recycled Mitten Making: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 26. Come create the perfect winter accessory. These stylish winter mittens are warm, cozy and earth friendly. We will walk you through the simple art of mitten making from recycled wool. All supplies will be provided and you will take home your very own pair of mittens. Please bring a sewing machine and scissor if possible. Some sewing machines will be provided. Space is limited. Register by calling (801) 621-7595 by Jan. 22.

When Worlds Collide: Human Recreation Impacts on Raptors: 6-7 p.m. Jan. 28. Dr. Steve Slater, Hawk Watch International's conservation director, will lead a discussion about recent trends in recreational activities such as bird watching, ATV use, rock climbing, hiking, etc., the potential impacts of these activities on raptors, and methods for being better stewards of our shared environment. Please RSVP by Jan. 26.


Wednesday Morning Hikers: 9 a.m. today and every Wednesday morning through April 1. These outings are open to everyone including families of all ages. A sled will be provided for young ones during snow season. Be prepared to snowshoe, if necessary. For outing location, please call Tracey at (801) 776-1713. Please leave a message if she doesn't answer.

Hound Hikes: 9 a.m. Jan. 9. Great exercise for you and your furry friend. Bring a leash, poop bags, water (for you and poochy), and a good attitude. Dogs must be kept under control at all times. Also offered Jan. 23. For questions and meeting locations, please call Krista at (801) 391-2222.

Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski Demo Day: 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at North Fork Park. Participants will be able to cross-country ski on the groomed trails, snowshoe through the open meadows, and the more adventuresome can skin or shoe to the top of Ben Lomond Peak. Weber Pathways, Ogden Nordic, Canyon Sports, and WSU's Outdoor Program are hosting the event, which is free and open to the public. Trail maps, hot chocolate and cider and a friendly smile will be available in the host tent. A limited amount of rental gear will be available and on hand for those who are new to these sports. For more information, please call Terry at (801)690-6400.

Winter Fitness Hiking: 9 a.m. Jan. 19. Join us for an hour winter hiking on snow packed trails. Each participant will receive a free pedometer to track their steps all winter long. For more information, call Stephanie at (801) 643-0584.

Moonlight Hike: 7 p.m. Jan. 28. Enjoy beautiful moonlight hikes throughout the fall and winter seasons. The location of the hike will not be announced until three or four days before the hike. This will allow picking the best location due to weather, air quality and avalanche conditions. Some of the locations we are considering are Bonneville Shoreline Trail, North Fork Park Trail, Weber Pathways Rail Trail, the Bird Song Trail, other Snowbasin trails and South Skyline Trail. E-mail Dave at zcanyonhiker@gmail.com or text/call him at (801) 549-7451.

Moonlight Glide: 7 p.m. Jan. 29. Weber Pathways and Ogden Nordic are hosting three moonlight glides this winter in North Fork Park. Natural light reflecting off the snow means no lights are required. Bring your friends and ski or snowshoe out to a warming fire and then enjoy hot drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Cancellations possible due to weather. Check www.ogdennordic.com prior to departure. What to Bring: Snowshoes/X-country skis, mixers, hors d'oeuvres, headlamps optional. What is Provided: Fire, hot chocolate, hot cider, coffee. For more information, please call Terry at (801) 690-6400.

Saturday Morning Hikes: 11 a.m. Jan. 30. A great way to stay in shape during those winter months. Please dress warm; wear warm and waterproof boots. For those interested, we may grab a bite to eat after. For locations and more information, please call Polly at (801) 645-3236.


 Snowshoeing in Wheatgrass Canyon: Jan. 9. This is a moderate round-trip trek that takes 3-4 hours and is 5-6 miles. This is one of the most beautiful canyons in Northern Utah. Great views of cliffs and steep canyon walls. We might see moose and eagles. Call Larry at (801) 731-3701 for more information.

Snowshoe romp at the Ice Box Canyon: Jan. 17. Meet at Art Noord Trailhead at 10 a.m. Call Joanie (801) 399-0034.


Bird Walks: Today at Centennial Trail. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Country Market Restaurant at the 21st Street Flying J/Conoco Plaza in Ogden for breakfast or meet at 9 a.m. to carpool.

Jan 13: Ft. Buenaventura. Meet at 8:15 a.m. at Burger King (southeast corner of 21st & Wall) for breakfast, or at 9 a.m. outside the fort.

Jan. 20: Riverdale Parkway. Meet at 8:15 a.m. at McDonald's (Riverdale Road & 900 West) for breakfast or at 9 a.m. at trip starting point (From Riverdale Road, north on 700 West for two blocks, right on 4300 South, right on 600 West to lot).

Jan. 27: Beus Pond. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Burger King (4160 Harrison Blvd.) for breakfast or at 9 a.m. at Beus Pond.

Monthly Meeting: 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Ogden Nature Center (966 W. 12th St.). Guest speaker Dan Christensen will discuss managing the Hardware Ranch W.M.A.

Field Trip: Jan. 23 at Hardware Ranch and Willow Park Zoo: Meet at Harmon's (2nd Street, Ogden) between 6:45 and 7 a.m. We need to leave at 7 a.m. to get to the ranch on time. Marni Lee, the ranch's assistant manager, will take us to see the elk by wagon. Each person will need to pay $5 for this. After the ranch we'll visit the Willow Park Zoo in Logan, which has a good collection of birds that we don't normally see. The zoo does not charge an entrance fee, but does ask for a donation (minimum of $1). After the zoo, we'll visit the local McDonald's to warm up and have lunch. In case of bad weather, we'll bird in the Ogden area.


The Beehive Rock and Gem Club is hosting its second annual Mini Show at the Huntsville branch of the Weber County Library through Feb. 10. See club members' displays, collections and crafts. For more information, call Mark Acker at (801) 388-3481 or e-mail ackml@comcast.net.

The Bear River Wildlife Education Center at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge will be hosting a "Nature through Poetry" workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 9. Open to all ages and family-friendly, the program will highlight reading and writing poetry as a means to better understand what we observe in the natural world. Please call Kathi (435) 734-6438 with questions.

As part of National Learn a Snow Sport Month, 32 states will offer free or discounted ski, snowboard, and cross-country ski or snowshoe lessons throughout the month of January. Ski Utah has acted as a leader in developing this national initiative and will roll out a month of great beginner deals for Utah locals with its Lucky 13 promotion. To view a complete list of Lucky 13 offerings in Utah, visit www.skiutah.com/winter/locals/lucky_13/.

Looking for discounted lift tickets while supporting the Utah Avalanche Center? Ski Utah, in partnership with Alta, Beaver Mountain, Brighton, The Canyons, Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Solitude, Sundance, Wolf Creek Utah and Backcountry.com, has you covered with an offer Utah locals won't be able to refuse. This special partnership offers discounted lift tickets ranging from $20 to $75 available only on the Utah Avalanche Center's Web site at utahavalanchecenter.org. All of the proceeds go directly to Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, a nonprofit organization. When the backcountry avalanche danger is high, you can still get freshies at the resorts and support the Utah Avalanche Center at the same time.

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