May 12-16, 2016
The Great Salt Lake Bird Festival connects you with millions of birds. Birding experts also are drawn to Utah’s wetlands, which are especially attractive to Long-billed Dowitchers, the festival’s 2015 featured species. These and many other species migrate to the area from western Canada and the northern U.S. The dowitchers move through the wetlands at a leisurely pace on their way to wintering grounds along the Pacific and Gulf coasts and Mexico.
The festival offers a jam-packed list of opportunities, from a photography workshop at Kaysville Pond to a day-long birding marathon to spot as many species as possible with expert birder Mark Stackhouse. There also will be a behind-the-gates field trip to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, and a two-hour guided tour on horseback along the east side of Antelope Island.
One of many highlights of the 2015 festival will be the rare opportunity to tour the Legacy Nature Preserve, a highway-construction mitigation site along remnant oxbow features of the Jordan River. In addition to the migrant and resident waterfowl and shorebirds, participants will see one of only four Bald Eagle nests in northern Utah. The eagle pair that nests there produced 38 fledglings from 1996 to 2013.
The Great Salt Lake Bird Festival will host a variety of educational workshops, including learning bird calls, smartphone apps, bird banding, wetland water bugs, falcons of North America, a Golden-and-Bald-Eagle comparison, birdhouse construction, and much more.
Birding Tour Organizer
Davis County, Utah, which is on the extreme eastern shore of Great Salt Lake, is the state’s geographically smallest county, but has the third largest population with about 306,000 residents in 15 cities and towns. The county, which includes a piece of the Great Salt Lake and its largest island, Antelope Island, is a bedroom community to Ogen.
Davis County, Utah Mormon Roots
Davis County, Utah, was among the first areas settled by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1847. Fertile pastures and streams flowing west out of the Wasatch Mountains early settlers, who established small farms and close-knit communities. Farm to market gardens, dairy and cattle farms, orchards, and conventional agriculture are the mainstays of local farmers.
Explosive Growth of Davis County, Utah
Davis County, Utah, is known for its meteoric growth rate. It’s 1940 population of 16,000 people doubled by 1950, and doubled again in the next decade. The growth rate slowed: it took 20 years to double again by 1980 to 147,000 residents. By 1990 the population hit 188,000 and the 2000 census recorded 238,994. The county is projected to build out with a population near 390,000 by 2030.
Davis County, Utah Employment
The establishment of Hill Air Force Base in northern Davis County and other defense installations nearby created a surge of civilian employment. Hill AFB is now one of the state’s largest employers. The county’s Freeport Center is the largest distribution center in Utah with more than 7 million square feet of covered storage and 5 million square feet of open storage used by more than 70 companies employing about 7,000 people.