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See hundreds of tundra swans

Salt Creek WMA hosts free viewing event

CORINNE — Seeing and hearing just one tundra swan is enough to take your breath away.

Tundra swans in Utah.

You can see hundreds of tundra swans at this year's Tundra Swan Day.

Photo by Phil Douglass

Imagine seeing and hearing hundreds of them.

You can at Tundra Swan Day.

Tundra Swan Day — March 15

On March 15, the Division of Wildlife Resources will host Utah's annual Tundra Swan Day. Admission is free. The event will be held at the Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area west of Corinne.

Phil Douglass, regional conservation outreach manager with the DWR, says viewing will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"Spotting scopes will be available, so you can get a close look at the swans," Douglass says. "If you have your own binoculars or a spotting scope, though, please bring it."

In addition to enjoying the spring weather, you'll enjoy a thrilling viewing experience. "Just seeing and hearing these birds is worth the trip," he says, "but knowledgeable and friendly people from the DWR and Wasatch Audubon will also be available to answer any questions you have. And, if you have a scout group that needs to talk to a conservation officer, this is the perfect place to do it."

A video that will show you what to expect at the March 15 event is available on the DWR's YouTube channel.

If you have questions about Tundra Swan Day, call the DWR's Northern Region office at 801-476-2740. You can also download a free fact sheet about tundra swans.

Directions

To reach the Salt Creek WMA, exit Interstate 15 at Exit 365, and travel west on state Route 83 through Corinne. Stay on Route 83 until you get to 6800 West (Iowa String). Travel north on 6800 W. to 6800 N. Travel west on 6800 N. until you reach the Salt Creek WMA/Compton's Knoll Watchable Wildlife site.

Seeing swans on your own

If you can't attend the March 15 event, you can still see swans. When the swan migration peaks in mid-March, as many as 35,000 swans will be in Utah.

Douglass says the Salt Creek WMA is one of the best places in Utah to get a close look at swans. While you can see hundreds of swans while driving on the 12-mile auto tour loop at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge west of Brigham City, swans will usually be closer to you at Salt Creek.

"Randy Berger, the manager at Salt Creek, has also done a great job creating a viewing pavilion that will shelter you from the wind," he says.

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