Category Archives: Field Trips

June 29, Blacksmith Fork River Trail Evening Bird Walk

Blacksmith Fork River Trail Evening Bird Walk
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Meet Caffe Ibis parking lot
7 p.m.

Ahoy Birders!

The next installment in our Bird Outings will be taking place on Saturday, June 29th at    7 pm. We will meet at Cafe Ibis in Logan (where there is free parking close by) and carpool from there to the start of the Blacksmith Fork River Trail. 

We will likely be birding till approximately 8:30 pm. The trail is a double track trail with some easy incline and decline. 

Some of the regular birds spotted here are Western Wood Pewee, Lazuli Bunting, Western Tanager, White-throated Swift, etc. 

Our Target bird for this walk will be the Gray Catbird!

Invite your friends and let’s get birding!

P.S. This picture was taken on the trail by me (Joe) yesterday. 

June 18, Bird Outing: Canyon Trail in the Morning

Bird Outings: Canyon Trail in the Morning

Tuesday, June 18, 2019,   8 a.m.

Meet near First Dam Pavilion

Ahoy Birders!

The first in a series of birding field trips led by Joe Andreasen will be held June 18th at      8 a.m. We will be meeting near the pavilion at First Dam and heading down the Canyon Road Trail. This an easy trail that is paved at the start and transitions into a well-maintained dirt trail. There is plenty of opportunity to see finches, warblers, towhees, etc.

All of these Bird Outings are going to have a target bird that we can watch out for as a team. It will give us a goal to work toward and something to keep us sharp. If we don’t find the target bird it isn’t a big deal, but if we do it may be cause for a little victory jig. This Bird Outing’s Target Bird will be the MacGillivray’s Warbler!

Meet us there and be ready to see some birds!

Back to First Dam around 9 or 9:30

Sept 22, Hugelkultur Tour, River Heights

Hugelkultur Tour: Mound Garden in River Heights 9/22, 10 a.m. RSVP

Bill Bradbury will lead a tour of a Permaculture Garden with Hugelkutur mound garden on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10 a.m.

Wood debris serves as a sponge in the mounds, allowing for productive edible landscaping with far less supplemental watering.

If you are interested in participating, let me know (

We will also be looking for people to help implement a similar Hugelkutur mound garden at the USU Permaculture Garden behind Aggie Ice Cream. The Food Forest demonstration garden is providing for Campus Kitchen, the Cache Pantry, and Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science students. Let me know if you want to help build the Hugelkultur mounds at the USU Logan Permaculture Garden (

October 5-7, Teton Splendor

Teton Splendor, October 5 – 7

Witness the Tetons in their best fall dress where rampaging large ungulates (elk, bison, moose, etc.), release their fall passion with grunts, bugles, and a nasty disposition. Fall migrating birds along with winter residents will add to the fun. Several hikes combined with auto tours will be included, and a visit to the Teton Science School Murie Museum. We will be camping at Gros Ventre campground, so bring your own food & gear. RSVP by contacting Jack Greene: 435-563-6816 or

Car pool from CNR parking lot at 3 pm if USU student or parking lot north of Cafe Ibis on Friday, Oct 5, return Sunday afternoon, Oct 7. We will be camping at Gros Ventre campground, so bring your own food & gear, or partner with someone who has gear to share. The cost is $10/night/person for the group campsite plus donating whatever is fair to the driver (unless you’re driving!)