The Great Salt Lake is one of the major bird areas in North America, giving millions of migrating waterbirds and shorebirds a resting place on their way. In addition, the Bear River Bird Refuge (located on the northeast arm of the lake) was the first national migratory bird refuge.
The Great Salt Lake Bird Festival is coming up May 14-18. You can find the field trip schedule here.
The Stop Legacy Highway site provides a month-by-month calendar identifying the different bird species and their usual arrival period. I’m pretty sure Dr. Seuss had a hand in naming a few of these birds. Phalaropes, Godwits and Dowitchers? Totally Seuss.
Birds. Birds. Birds. I just got dorkier, I know.
(National Wetlands Month)
August & September
January & February
Other possible sightings
(not sure on time frame)
I took a bird watching class in college so I’m pretty sure I just out dorked you there. And uh, I also took fencing. Zing!
If you’re looking for a great book about the Bear River Bird Refuge and Utah ecology I recommend the book Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams. But don’t take my word for it!
I emailed their volunteer coordinator yesterday to see if I could get involved here and there. I haven’t heard back, but I might try to recruit you to go with me once. 🙂 Also, thanks for the recommendation. I was actually going to do some research to find a good book on local birds. That book sounds prrrfct. Also, thanks for taking fencing and being dorkier than me.
Speaking of dorky, I think I’ve taken about 100 pictures of birds since I’ve been in Australia. Every bird that I’ve seen is bizarre or beautiful or just plain adorable. Also, LOTS of bats!
P.S. Godwits and Dowitchers are both great names for a band.
Ooooh, I would LOVE to volunteer there. Hooray!
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Thanks so much for the lovely photos. I could look at such things all day…well, I’d rather be out birding, but this is good when one can’t get out!