All posts by Ryan O'Donnell

Feb 28, Wild Goose Chase

Even by late February, spring migration is already
under way for many species, especially the waterfowl. This trip will focus on migrating geese and swans: we’ll spend some time learning the familiar species better, like learning about Canada Geese subspecies, and we’ll especially be looking for the rarer large waterfowl that pass through our valley. Potential targets include Cackling Geese (a miniature form of the Canada Goose that was split out as its own
species in 2004), Snow Geese, Ross’s Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, and both Trumpeter and Tundra Swans. Meet at 9:00 AM at the parking lot in front of Caffe Ibis (50 east, 150 north in Logan). We’ll be done in the early afternoon.

Dec 21, Logan CBC “Clean-Up”

This is a new offering in the BAS field trip schedule! Our knowledge of the birds presently in Cache Valley is never more complete than on the night of the Christmas Bird Count(CBC) By the end of the compilation dinner, dozens of experienced birders have scoured a 7.5-mile radius circle, tallying every species, common and rare. There are always a few surprises: last year, Rusty Blackbirds and an (eastern) Winter Wren were found for the first time; the year before, it was a Lewis’s Woodpecker. What will the 2014 CBC bring?

The purpose of this field trip is twofold: first and foremost, to track down the rarest of the rare that were found the day before on the Logan CBC. We’ll probably have just one to three target birds we’ll be trying to relocate. Second, if time remains, we might try to fill in some of the species that were missed the day before. CBC data also includes “count week” species, because sometimes you just happen to miss a species that is present. We can help make our CBC data better by filling in a few of these blanks if any common species fail to turn up on count day.

Please, don’t be a moocher! It is a lot of birding to participate all day on the CBC and then go out again the next morning for more. But, we’d like to limit this trip to ONLY people who participated in the CBC. It’s not fair to capitalize on other’s heroic CBC efforts without contributing yourself. To register for the Logan CBC, email Bryan Dixon at bdixon@xmission.com.

Meeting details will be announced at the CBC compilation dinner, but we’ll likely go from 9AM to noon. As with all our field trips, it is free to attend and all skill levels are welcome.

Nov 15, Antelope Island Field Trip

Announcing the return of our ever-popular annual trip to Antelope Island! November is a great time to visit this famous birding location. Last year we picked up a Tropical Kingbird on the way down, and then found more rarities at Antelope Island including a Sabine’s Gull, a Black Scoter, and thirteen Surf Scoters! We’ll bird the causeway first, picking out various species of ducks and shorebirds, take a break at the visitor’s center (where we could see California Quail and Chukar), and then continue down to Garr Ranch, one of the best spots in the state for vagrant songbirds. Bring a lunch and a few dollars to help cover the $10 per vehicle entrance fee and the driver’s gas. We’ll meet at the parking lot across from Caffe Ibis (50E 150N) at 8:00 AM and carpool from there. As for all BAS trips, members and non-members of all skill levels are welcome, and admission is free.

May 15-19, Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

Registration information for the 16th Annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival field trips and Dutch oven dinner is now available at www.GreatSaltLakeBirdFest.com On-line registration started at 9 am Friday, March 3rd.  If you would like a Festival booklet mailed to you call 801-451-3286 or emailtour@daviscountyutah.gov The complete program of field trips (including Behind-the-Gates trips), workshops, vendors, and youth activities is found on the website www.GreatSaltLakeBirdFest.com Continue reading May 15-19, Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

April 30 Canoe Trip, In search of the elusive American Bittern

Wednesday April 30: In search of the elusive American Bittern. Meet at 5:30 pm at the Cutler marsh picnic area/boat launch at the west edge of the reservoir. From Logan: Drive west on Valley View highway, across the valley; cross the Little Bear River and turn left into the marina.
contact: Jean Lown, 435-760-2392; jean.lown@usu.edu

Participants must provide their own boats. We will return to the boat launch by dusk. Life jacket, binoculars, water, snacks, hat & sunglasses recommended. Canoes, paddles & life jackets can be rented from USU Outdoor Rec program
Muddy Road Outfitters www.muddyroad.net/
4705 W 3800 N, Benson, UT 84335
(435) 753-3693
USU Outdoor Rec program: http://www.usu.edu/camprec/htm/orp/rentals
435-797-3264

Apr 14, Canoe Trips, Explore where the Logan River meets Cutler Marsh

Monday, April 14: Explore where the Logan River meets Cutler Marsh
Meet at 5:30 pm at the Pacificorp boat launch on Valley View Highway (200 North in Logan) just west of milepost 106 (1/2 mile west of Public Shooting Range; 4.7 mi west of Main St.). Although this is flat water, there are tight turns and we will paddle against the current on the return trip.

contact: Jean Lown, 435-760-2392; jean.lown@usu.edu
Participants must provide their own boats. We will return to the boat launch by dusk. Life jacket, binoculars, water, snacks, hat & sunglasses recommended. Canoes, paddles & life jackets can be rented from USU Outdoor Rec program
Muddy Road Outfitters www.muddyroad.net/
4705 W 3800 N, Benson, UT 84335
(435) 753-3693
USU Outdoor Rec program: http://www.usu.edu/camprec/htm/orp/rentals
435-797-3264

Mar 29, Logan River Restoration

Many Bridgerland Audubon Society members wanted to know what is going on at one of our favorite Cache Valley birding spots, Rendezvous Park.

The Logan River through Rendezvous Park has been the subject of major work in the last few months, and this work is expected to continue well through 2014. What are they doing, and why? How can we help birds adapt to these changes? How is the environment being considered in this work, or is it? Bring your questions to this BAS field trip, as Logan City Assistant Engineer Lance Houser guides us through the work the city is doing to repair damage from the 2011 flood.

Meet at Rendezvous Park (north side of Highway 89/91 at about 700W) at 9:00 AM this Saturday, March 29th. Please carpool if possible: the parking lot will fill quickly.

March 8, Wild Goose Chase

Even by early March, spring migration is already well
under way for many species, especially the waterfowl. This trip will
focus on migrating geese and swans: we’ll spend some time learning the
familiar species better, like learning about Canada Geese subspecies,
and we’ll especially be looking for the rarer large waterfowl that
pass through our valley. Potential targets include Cackling Geese (a
miniature form of the Canada Goose that was split out as its own
species in 2004), Snow Geese, Ross’s Geese, Greater White-fronted
Geese, and both Trumpeter and Tundra Swans. Meet at 9:00 AM at the
parking lot in front of Caffe Ibis (50 east, 150 north in Logan).

February 22, Owls of Cache County (Joint w/ USU chapter of The Wildlife Society)

Join BAS Field Trip Coordinator Ryan O’Donnell and expert
birder Frank Howe as we look–and especially listen–for the owls of
Cache County. We will hike up Green Canyon in the dark and broadcast
calls occasionally to try to hear any of our local owl species,
including Northern Pygmy-Owls, Northern Saw-whet Owls, and Great
Horned Owls, some of which should be starting to breed already this
time of year. Bring boots and a light, and meet at the parking lot of
the Natural Resources building on the USU campus at 6:00 PM. We’ll
carpool from there, and we will be back by about 10:00 PM.

February 22, Owls of Cache County

Pygmy Owl Courtesy US FWS Bob Miles, Photographer
Pygmy Owl
Courtesy US FWS
Bob Miles, Photographer

Join BAS Field Trip Coordinator Ryan O’Donnell and expert birder Frank Howe as we look-and especially listen-for the owls of Cache County.   We will hike up Green Canyon in the dark and broadcast calls occasionally to try to hear any of our local owl species, many of which should be starting to breed already this time of year.  Bring boots and a light, and meet at the parking lot of the Natural Resources building on the USU campus at 6:00 PM.  We’ll carpool from there, and we will be back by about 10:00 PM.

(Joint field trip w/ USU chapter of The Wildlife Society)