Tag Archives: Salt Lake City

Ready, Set, Sundance!

I love living in Salt Lake during the Sundance Film Festival! Not only do we have access to fantastic indie films before the rest of the world, but we can enjoy them without going to Park City and fighting the crowds.

We were able to secure tickets for the first three below and can hopefully waitlist our ways into the last three.

Click on the image to view the trailer.

ODDSAC

Jean-Michel Basquait: The Radiant Child

Enemies of the People

Sins of My Father

Lucky

Get Low

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Gorilla vs. Cellphone

It can be overwhelming and confusing to be a conscious consumer. But sometimes the correlation between our motherchild_2kiMb_24429choices and another creature’s outcome is undeniable.

Take the Lowland Gorilla for instance. They’re unlucky enough to inhabit the Democratic Republic of Congo which holds 80% of the world’s coltan supply, a rare mineral that is used in cellphones and computers. As the demand for coltan has increased in the past decade, around 10,000 miners have flooded into the protected parks, slaughtering and eating thousands of gorillas. The number of Eastern Lowland Gorillas has been decimated and it is believed that only around 1/3 of the population counted in 1995 still remains.

You can help in two major ways. One, keep your cellphone for as long as possible.. until it disintegrates in your hand. Don’t buy a new iPhone¬† every time Apple comes out with something (Ugh! Huge pet peeve of mine). And two, if you do have to purchase a new phone, recycle your old one. Partners in Conservation (PIC) works with many zoos to recycle or refurbish cells phones. Proceeds go back into the region. In Salt Lake City, you can take your cellphone to the front desk at the Hogle Zoo. If you don’t live in Utah, check with your local zoo.

Lowland Gorilla

Jellyfish from the Year 12000

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Come to the Poor Yorick art studios Friday or Saturday to see the funky Jellyfish from the year 12000. Kell has logged quite a few hours helping our mad scientist friend Jared and his crew convert an old van into this amazing art car. Aside from manual labor he did the coding for the lights. Come check it out!

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Jellymobile

Jellyfish 2

Jellyfish 3

Jellyfish 4

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Leia Bell Magnets

Saturday SLUG hosted a spectacular Craft Lake City event with local artists and craftsman from the Salt Lake area. I couldn’t resist adding more Leia Bell magnets to my current collection. Maybe one day I’ll actually own a print or painting! Check out her site to browse and purchase her works.

Here are the magnets that I took home:

Space Monkey

Space Monkey by Leia Bell

Seal Beach by Leia Bell

Seal Beach by Leia Bell

Sloth and Gluttony by Leia Bell

Sloth and Gluttony by Leia Bell

Polar Bear #2 by Leia Bell

Polar Bear #2 by Leia Bell

Bird Watching at the Great Salt Lake

Pink Floyd, the Chilean Flamingo that escaped from the Tracy Aviary and lived a solitary life from about 1990-2005

Pink Floyd, the Chilean Flamingo that escaped from the Tracy Aviary and lived among the Gulls at The Great Salt Lake from about 1988-2005

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.

March

Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

April

Curlew

Curlew

May

(National Wetlands Month)

Eared Grebe

Eared Grebe

Red Necked Phalarope

Red Necked Phalarope

American Avocet

American Avocet

Black Necked Stilt

Black Necked Stilt

Willet

Willet

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Dowitcher

Dowitcher

Yellow Headed Blackbird

Yellow Headed Blackbird

June

Western Grebe

Western Grebe

July

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson's Phalarope

August & September

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Common Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher

Killdeer

Killdeer

Double-Crested Cormorant

Double-Crested Cormorant

Common Tern

Common Tern

October

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

November

Tundra Swan

Tundra Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan (rare)

December

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

January & February

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Rough Legged Hawk

Rough Legged Hawk

Other possible sightings

(not sure on time frame)

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

Black Tern

Black Tern

Red Headed Duck

Red Headed Duck

Sora

Sora

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

White Faced Ibis

White Faced Ibis