Great Gray Owl. Photo: Melissa Groo/Audubon Photography Awards

Monday, July 17 – Field Trips

Monday, July 17 – Field Trips

Schedule:


DAY 4 | 

Time Name *Price
6:00 am – 12:00 pm CANCELLED – Birding the Wetlands at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area $115
6:00 am – 2:00 pm Birding Antelope Island Causeway and Fielding Garr Ranch $115
6:30 am – 12:30 pm CANCELLED – Backyard Birding in Two Habitats in Morgan County $115
6:30 am – 12:00 pm Gillmor Audubon Sanctuary and South Shore Preserve $115
7:00 am – 12:00 pm Jordanelle Wetlands and Heber Fields Birding $115
7:00 am – 1:00 pm High Elevation Birding in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Silver Lake $90
7:00 am – 1:00 pm CANCELLED – Jordan River Migratory Bird Reserve $90
7:30 am – 1:00 pm River Rafting & Hiking Adventure in Provo Canyon $75
*The fee includes lunch, transportation and guide.

Birding Antelope Island Causeway and Fielding Garr Ranch

6:00 am – 2:00 pm

Antelope Island State Park provides the opportunity to identify birds along the causeway that bisects the Great Salt Lake, and visit the Fielding Garr Ranch. The drive along the causeway is noted for grebes, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, plovers, sandpipers, Long-billed Curlew, and gulls. We will stop at the park Visitor Center for Chukar, Burrowing Owl, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Raven, swallows, Rock Wren, and Western Meadowlark. The Fielding Garr Ranch, an oasis of springs, trees and fields. Possible species include Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, warblers, and Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds.

Easy. Birding from and near vehicle with level walking on paved and unpaved walkways and trails.

Hosted By: Wasatch Audubon

Leader: John Bellmon

Special Guest Co-Leader: Kenn Kaufman


Gillmor Audubon Sanctuary and South Shore Preserve

6:30 am – 12:00 pm

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance for an exclusive guided tour of vibrant restored wetlands, wild uplands, and an ancient river delta seldom visited by outsiders. The Gillmor Audubon Sanctuary and South Shore Preserve protect 2,738 acres on the shore of the Great Salt Lake – with expansive views of the dry lake bed and islands. You’ll learn about the challenges facing the Great Salt Lake ecosystem, which provides critical habitat for millions of birds from across the hemisphere. You may see Pronghorn and many birds including Long-billed Curlew, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Phalarope, Cinnamon Teal, Burrowing Owl, and Loggerhead Shrike.

Easy. Birding from and near vehicle with level walking on paved and unpaved walkways and trails. Attendees must wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed toed shoes. Hats, bandanas, and bug spray are strongly encouraged.

Leaders: Ella Sorenson and Heidi Hoven


Jordanelle Wetlands and Heber Fields Birding

7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Located in Wasatch County just north of Heber, the wetlands below the Jordanelle Dam offer excellent birding opportunities. At 6,100 ft. elevation, this riparian/wetland zone includes boardwalks and dirt paths for easy walking among trees and ponds. This is an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA). The nearby Heber fields are productive farm and ranch lands with small streams and lots of vegetation. Possible species include, Osprey, hummingbirds, Belted Kingfisher, Willow Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, American Dipper, Swainson’s Thrush, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Common Yellowthroat and other warblers, Black-headed Grosbeak, Bobolink, and Bullock’s Oriole.

Easy. Birding from and near vehicle with level walking on paved and unpaved trails and boardwalks.

Hosted By: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Central Region

Leader: Terri Pope


High Elevation Birding in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Silver Lake

7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Bird Silver Lake at an elevation of 8,500 feet. This high mountain lake and surrounding area is excellent for Spotted Sandpiper, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, flycatchers, Steller’s Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, swallows, Mountain Chickadee, nuthatches, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrush, Chipping, Fox and Lincoln’s Sparrows, and Western Tanager.

Easy to strenuous depending on selected hike. Area is above 8,000 feet which may be hard for those not used to the altitude and thin air. Participants will be divided into three groups. 1) Easy walk on a paved trail around Silver Lake, 1 mile round trip. 2) Moderate walk on unpaved trail to Lake solitude, 2.2 miles round trip. 3) Strenuous hike to Twin Lakes on unpaved uphill trail, 2 miles round trip.

Hosted By: Great Salt Lake Audubon

Leaders: Jeanne Le Ber and Ray Smith


River Rafting & Hiking Adventure in Provo Canyon

7:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join us for a unique half day adventure in Provo Canyon – Home of Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort. The trip includes a private guided rafting trip with class I and II rapids with soaring mountain peaks. You will enjoy a lovely one hour nature hike up a side canyon complete with a boxed lunch. Register Here

Please Note: This field trip is only available to register via the link above. You cannot register for this field trip through the convention registration website.