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See ospreys on July 23

Ospreys are unique birds. They build huge nests that look like chimneys. Watching them plummet out of the sky — to snatch fish that are swimming under the surface of the water — can take your breath away. You can see these large birds, and learn more about them, during a free field trip on July 23.

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Get a bull elk permit starting July 14

More than 29,000 permits to hunt bull elk with a rifle or muzzleloader in Utah will go on sale at 8 a.m. on July 14. General archery elk permits will also go on sale July 14. General archery elk permits are not limited in number, though, so there's no rush to get one.

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See bald eagles on July 16 and 18

You can see two adult bald eagles — and their baby eaglet — during free field trips in July. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the field trips on Thursday, July 16 and Saturday, July 18. The trips will leave from the Department of Natural Resources building in Salt Lake City each evening at 6 p.m. The DNR building is at 1594 W. North Temple.

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What to do if you find a baby bird

It's not unusual to find newly hatched birds in your yard this time of the year. Ron Stewart, regional conservation outreach manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says young birds often leave their nests before they're able to fly. "They usually spread out along the branch of a tree and call for their parents to bring food to them," he says.

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A quick Lake Powell, Deer Creek exit

The spread of quagga mussels in Lake Powell — and the possibility that the invasive invaders might be in Deer Creek Reservoir — have added to the time it takes boaters and anglers to leave both areas. But there's good news: if you do two simple things, before pulling in line to leave the area, you can reduce the amount of time it takes to be on your way

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Great fishing at high-elevation waters

You can beat the heat, have fun and enjoy breathtaking scenery by grabbing your fishing pole and heading to Utah's mountains. Paul Birdsey, cold water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says high-elevation waters in Utah provide some of the state's best summer fishing.

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Youth guided waterfowl hunt

If you're a young person, and you're interested in hunting ducks and geese — but you have little or no experience — Widow Maker Boats, the Utah Conservation Officers Association and Wasatch Widgeons have a deal for you: a free hunt guided by some of Utah's best waterfowl hunters.

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Meet the Bats Night, July 18

You can get up close and personal with as many as five species of bats at a special "Meet the Bats Night" in southeastern Utah. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the free event on July 18.

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Apply for grouse, crane permits

Even though summer has just begun, it's already time to start planning for three bird hunts in Utah this fall. Starting July 8, the Division of Wildlife Resources will accept applications for this fall's sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and sandhill crane hunts.

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See large fish-eating birds

You can see ospreys, in the air and on top of their huge nests, at the annual Flaming Gorge Osprey Watch. The free event will be held July 11 on the Dam Peninsula, next to the visitor center parking lot, at Flaming Gorge Dam in northeastern Utah.

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