Posted Friday, 12 April 2013 09:53
HOOPER — Sandhill cranes are in northern Utah in good numbers right now, and opportunities to see and hear the giant birds abound.
You can see and hear sandhill cranes at this year's Sandhill Crane Day.
Photo by Scott Root
One of the best places to experience sandhill cranes is the Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area west of Hooper.
To help you experience the birds, the Division of Wildlife Resources and the Wild About Birds Nature Center are teaming up to hold a special Sandhill Crane Day.
The free viewing event will be held at Ogden Bay on April 20. The event will be a great opportunity to see sandhill cranes and hear their bone-rattling calls echo across the landscape.
If you'd like to participate, meet at 8 a.m. at the Wild About Birds Nature Center. The center is in Layton at 1986 N. Hill Field Road.
(To reach the center, exit Interstate 15 at Exit 332, and turn east on Antelope Drive. Drive east on Antelope Drive until you reach the intersection with Hill Field Road. The store is at the southeast corner of the intersection.)
From the center, you'll follow expert birder Bill Fenimore and DWR Regional Conservation Outreach Manager Phil Douglass to Ogden Bay.
"Those who participate will have the unique opportunity to go behind the gates at the WMA to see cranes and other water birds," Douglass says.
Douglass says sandhill cranes were once a rare sight in the United States. But they've made a strong comeback thanks to habitat protection and other conservation work.
For more information about the event, call 801-779-BIRD (2473) or visit the Wild About Birds Facebook page.
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