We have been graciously invited by our great rancher friends, the Selmans, to visit their property in southern Cache Valley and observe Sharp-tailed Grouse dancing on their mating grounds. Following the grouse viewing, the Selmans will feed us a wonderful ranchers’ breakfast. In addition to viewing the birds, it is an opportunity to see how truly responsible stewards of the land like the Selmans carry out their ranching operations in a way that makes the land more productive and beautiful for both man and wildlife. This trip is suitable for both novice and experienced birders. Meet at 5:00 AM at the McDonald’s parking lot in Hyrum. Carpooling will be available and mandatory from there. We plan to be back about 1:00 PM.
Logan River Golf Course Earth Day BioBlitz
Saturday, April 22, 2017
7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Join the second annual Logan River Golf Course Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
BioBlitz with Jack Greene. All levels welcome – help us spot birds,
wildflowers, mushrooms, insects, etc. to help document the rich wildlife
habitat provided by the Logan River Golf Course. Bring your camera: there’s a
photo contest, too!
Renowned Service ornithologist Chandler Robbins died March 20. He was 98. Born July 17, 1918, in Boston, Robbins devoted his life to birds, their study and protection.
He graduated from Harvard with a degree in physics and began teaching math and science in Vermont. Robbins then joined the Service in 1945 as a junior biologist at Patuxent Research Refuge, where he engaged in early research on the effects of DDT and had his papers edited by his colleague Rachel Carson. — more from US FWS …
“Naked” birding is birding without the use of binoculars. This is a unique trip because it is great for both the beginner and the expert: beginners will not have to struggle with optics, and experts can practice identifying species with a minimum of field marks, especially using sound and behavior. We’ve held this trip for the last two years and it has been very popular. Finds include species such as Red Crossbills, Hooded Merganser, Cackling Goose, and even a Bewick’s Wren! Meet at the parking lot in front of Cafe Ibis (50E, 150N, Logan) at 9:00 AM. Leave the binoculars and spotting scopes at home, or at least in the car! Our exact destinations will be adjusted based on where bird activity is the greatest, but we’ll be somewhere close to Logan. We’ll end around noon.
The Antelope Island Causeway is one of the best places in the state to find rare ducks, shorebirds, and gulls. On the island itself, we will look for other winter specialties such as Rough-legged Hawks and Merlins. If time and interest allow, we will continue to Garr Ranch at the south end of the island to look for songbirds. On previous year’s trips, we have found rarities including Sabine’s and Little Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwake, Harlequin Duck, White-winged and Black Scoters, Red Phalarope, and Varied Thrush. Meet at the parking lot in front of Cafe Ibis (50E, 150N, Logan) at 7:30 AM; we will carpool from there. Bring a snack or lunch and a few dollars to help cover the cost of the drivers’ gas and the $9 per vehicle entrance fee. We’ll plan on returning to Logan in the late afternoon.
This trip will hopefully target migrating passerines and various other birds. ICON has become one of Cache counties best birding tails rarities like the American Redstart and the Prothonatary warbler have been found here. This is a great trip for first time birders and kids. It should take about an hour to complete and usually produces a fair number of bird species. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, cameras, layers and come enjoy an easy morning of birding. Led by Bret Mossman.