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Bird Watching

Cache Valley

This region is known for many species of birds that make Cache Valley home. Our unique geography means you can see shorebirds and mountain species all within a 20-minute drive. We’re nestled between the Brigham City and Bear Lake Bird Refuges. Here, you’ll spot birds along the Bear River, directly west of Logan. In spring and summer, Cutler Marsh offers viewing in classic wetland habitat. White pelicans, great blue herons, common egrets, western grebes, plus a variety of ducks, geese, and shorebirds may be seen from roadways or you can rent a canoe or kayak for a close-up experience. The number and diversity of marsh birds is spectacular. In early autumn, visit the north end of the Wellsville Mountain wilderness to watch the annual raptor migration. Northern harriers, kestrels, goshawks, red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, and other species float by, lifted by canyon updrafts that ease their relentless flight south.

 

Box Elder

 

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge offers some of the most phenomenal waterbird watching in the western U.S.! The Refuge's more than 74,000 acres of marsh and upland habitats create an oasis for birds in this desert climate.  From the 12-mile auto tour loop, visitors are treated to the sights and sounds of many of the 200 + species found there.  The refuge is known for mid=bogglin numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds from April to November.

 

The 55, 000 American White Pelicans that nest on the Great Sale Lak'e Gunnison Island on of the North America's largest pelican colonies-feed daily on fresh fis at the Refuge.  American Avocet, Blacknecked Stilt, and Western and Clark's grebe chicks will surely peg the "cute" meter in the early summer months.  And if you're hankering to see waterfowl in the fall, how about Tundra Swans?  A mere-40,000 swans are reported at the Refuge during routine waterbird surveys each November, and numbers around the Great Salt Lake can reach in excess of 50,000  birds!  A Refuge birding report, updated monthly,  is available by calling: 435-734-6426.

 

Begin your visit by stopping at the Refuge's new Wildlife Education Center (vistor center), located just one block west of the junction of Forest Street and Interstate 15 (exit #363) at Brigham City.  This new Center features interactive exhabits about birds, an auditorium, teaching lab, bookstore and more.  The Refuge has Saturday programs once per month.  Guided Refuge tours are given seasonally.  School groups may visit for educational field trips, but reservations are necessary.  Hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Closed Sunday and federal holidays.

Bear Lake

 

The Bear Lake national Wildlife Refuge is located on the horth shore of Bear Lake.  Over 18,050 acres of marsho, open water and grasslands have been dedicated to preserving bird and wildlife habitats.  The reserve is home to sandhill cranes, herons, snowy egret, white pelican, Canada geese and a variety of waterfowl  The Refuge has one of the largest white -faced ibis production areas in the western U.S.

 
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