Great Salt Lake Bird Festival is an annual event (2016 is the 18th year) to spotlight the Spring migration of large numbers of birds heading north for the summer- but stopping to feed at the Great Salt Lake cafeteria. Great Salt Lake is part of the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network- an international designation given to Great Salt Lake 25 years ago. Come see thousands of birds in one location.
While attending the festival, enjoy a great Dutch oven dinner with artist, author, birder and Keynote Speaker Julie Zickefoose. She will talk about her brand new book (on sale April 12th) “Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest”.
Bring the whole family to a free presentation by James Currie, star of Nikon’s Birding Adventure TV. James comes to us from South Africa and Florida. Family Presentation Friday, May 13 at 6 pm
Saturday, May 14th has programs for youth – featuring live birds, activities, building a bird house. You can view the complete workshop schedule here.
A fun way to see birds is by horseback at Antelope Island State Park- Great Salt Lake Bird Festival offers birding by horseback.
All Utah students are invited to enter their art in the annual Student Art Contest- art is on display Friday, May 13th and Saturday May 14th. The Festival offers cash awards for winners.
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival field trips cover northern Utah’s best birding hotspots- with expert guides. Great Salt Lake, a large body of salt water seen from outer space, is an enigma to those who live nearby. The Festival offers boat trips out onto the lake- including lunch and dinner cruises.
Davis County offers many places to view birds- Antelope Island and Davis County Causeway, Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, The Nature Conservancy’s Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve, and along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail System- just to name a few.