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 Birding the Wetlands at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area $115
6:00 am – 1:00 pm River Rafting & Hiking Adventure in Provo Canyon $75
6:00 am – 2:00 pm Birding Antelope Island Causeway and Fielding Garr Ranch $115
6:30 am – 12:30 pm 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 Jordan River Migratory Bird Reserve $90
*The fee includes lunch, transportation and guide.

Birding the Wetlands at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area

6:00 am – 12:00 pm

Farmington Bay hosts an array of wetland habitats including fresh water ponds, marshes, expansive flats and open salt water. These diverse wetland types are vital habitats for a diversity of wildlife along the Great Salt Lake. In 1991, the Great Salt Lake and associated wetlands were dedicated into the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network. This designation reflects the significance of this ecosystem to more than 30 species and millions of individual shorebirds. Expected species include ducks, grebes, American White Pelican, herons, Virginia Rails, Sora, plovers, sandpipers, gulls, terns, warblers, sparrows and blackbirds.

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

Hosted By: Tracy Aviary

Leader: Bryant Olsen


River Rafting & Hiking Adventure in Provo Canyon

6:00 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.

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


Backyard Birding in Two Habitats in Morgan County

6:30 am – 12:30 pm

Some of the best birding in Weber Canyon, located in Morgan County, is found in backyard homes in Morgan and Croydon. Participants will also bird some riparian areas looking for not often seen birds. Expected species include, American Kestrel, hummingbirds, swallows, wrens, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Bullock’s Oriole, and Cassin’s Finch.

Easy. Watching bird feeders, driving neighborhoods and walking along the Weber River on uneven dirt and gravel paths.

Hosted By: Wasatch Audubon

Leaders: Weston and Arnold Smith


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


Jordan River Migratory Bird Reserve

7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Jordan River Migratory Bird Reserve includes 120 acres of restored riparian habitat. The reserve provides habitat for migratory songbirds. In January 2016, Great Salt Lake Audubon completed the Jordan River Migratory Bird Reserve restoration. Stewardship of this land is provided by Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission (URMCC). Expected species include ducks, Ring-necked Pheasant, herons, hawks, gulls, doves, hummingbirds, Belted Kingfisher, woodpeckers, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, swallows, thrashers, thrushes, warblers, sparrows, blackbirds and Bullock’s Oriole.

Easy. Level walking on unpaved trails with potential mud and stream crossing.

Hosted By: Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission

Leaders: Mary Wilson and Ian Batterman