Tracy Aviary - Salt Lake City
America's oldest and largest bird park, founded with a private bird collection.
Open to the public since 1938, the Tracy Aviary maintains a collection of approximately 400 birds
representing about 135 species. Many of these birds are considered rare or endangered.
The Tracy Aviary is located on 7.5 acres of land in the heart of Salt Lake City.
Utah's Hogle Zoo maintains a large selection (1300 animals) of mammals, birds and reptiles
including big cats, elephants, hippos, bears and monkeys,
in a natural setting along side its gorgeous Tropical Gardens.
Great Salt Lake State Park
State Marina offers spectacular views of sunsets over the Great Salt Lake and provides marina access for sailors, sculling enthusiasts, other boaters, and bird watchers.
A remnant of ancient Lake Bonneville, the Great Salt Lake covers more than 2,000 square miles and is several times saltier than the ocean.
The lake attracts more than 257 species of birds, depending on the season.
Antelope Island State Park
The largest island in the Great Salt Lake and home to a roaming herd of 600 bison. Pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep also share the rangelands that
overlook the desert lake. Opportunities to view wildlife are available on backcountry trails, which are open to horseback riding, mountain biking,
hiking and cross-country skiing. A modern visitor center offers information on the islandís unique biology, geology and history.
One of the largest white pelican rookeries in the world. Over 10,000 bidrs flock here in spring.
Located near upper west shore of the Great Salt Lake.
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
65,000 acre wildlife refuge along the Northeast shore of the Great Salt Lake
(managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service) is home to almost 5 million birds.
Ogden Bay Wildlife Management Area
Located at the Great Salt Lake mouth of the Weber River where bird species utilizing these remnants of fresh water marshland are too numerous to mention.
Residents include Peregrine Falcon, American Bittern, Hooded Merganser, Northern Shrike (winter), or Virginia Rail.
Also home to ducks, geese, herons and egrets.
Jordan River Parkway
County Park Weblink;
The Jordan River runs north-south through the center of the valley, just west and mostly parallel to Interstate 15.
Salt Lake County is working with Salt Lake City and Murray City to develop a continous trailway from the Utah County line on the south to the Davis County line on the north.
The parkway trails wind through wetlands with cattails willows, foxes, and a variety of bird life. Over seven miles of trail are paved for pedestrians and bicycles.
Patient bird-watchers can spot a large number of fowl visiting here including bald eagles, shrikes, hawks, pheasants and hummingbirds.
More Utah Birding Resources
Wasatch Audubon Society
- Utah Birding Trails maps and many sponsored bird-watch field trips and bird counts.
Great Salt Lake Audubon Society - Birding
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Matheson Wetlands Preserve - Moab UT
900-acre preserve in Moab on the banks of the Colorado River is frequented by over 200 bird species
and other wildlife such as beavers, otters and amphibians. Includes mile-long nature trail boardwalk.
Stokes Nature Center - Logan Canyon
Located in a 1924 lodge one mile up the Logan Canyon highway, this nature center
provides a variety of hands-on nature conservation educational programs.
Bridgerland Audubon Society
- wildlife conservation for Cache Valley and Bear Lake.
Glendale Golf Course
Opened since 1973 and one of the finest in the State of Utah,
this 18-hole course crosses four lakes and the Jordon River which challenges long-shot hitters.
The wetland lined course attracts an abundance of waterfowl.
Red Rock Ranch & Outfitters - Huntsville UT
Longest operating ranch in Northern Utah (since 1866) that today operates a chuck wagon cafe and outfitters for
horseback riding and snowmobile trails. Nearby is scenic Causey Reservoir hidden in the hills.
a real working cattle ranch complete with cattle drives for the public. The ranch is home to mountain lions,
mule deer, bob cats, red fox, moose, elk, wild turkeys, sand hill cranes, bald eagles, golden eagles and many other species of wildlife.
Birding - Basic Tips for Beginners
- The best time to see the most birds:
- Migration Season (April-May and Sept-Oct)
- Nesting Season (March-June)
- Birds are most vocal and active in the early morning - and the light is clearer.
- Join guided bird walks or audubon society and observe how veterans operate
- Visit where two habitats join together (i.e. the edge of a woodland will draw birds
from both adjacent forest and grassland.)
- When using binoculars, fix your eyes first on the bird and then bring up the binoculars.
- To identify birds consider: appearance, behaviour, field marks, habitat, range and distribution.
- Identify the ten most common birds to visit your yard.
- See our Bookstore below for several highly recommended Birding Field Guides.
- Get a good pair of binoculars.
- Get a lightweight day pack/pouch or carryall vest.
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