All posts by Ryan O'Donnell

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)