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See ospreys at Flaming Gorge

The public is invited to this year's Osprey Watch, a free event

DUTCH JOHN — Utah DWR invites the public to view one of our state's most interesting birds at this year's Osprey Watch. Stop by the Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on July 13 to see and learn about this talented fishing hawk.

Nesting ospreys near Flaming Gorge.

You can see ospreys like these at this year's Osprey Watch.

Photo by Ron Stewart, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

For you to better see the ospreys, Ron Stewart, DWR Outreach Manager, will have spotting scopes set up along the walkway at Dam Point. He'll also have information posted about the ospreys and how they're unique.

Flaming Gorge Reservoir is home to one of the largest inland populations of ospreys in North America. Last year, the reservoir had about 40 active nests, and the river had several, too. Visitors often see these birds sitting in their large, stick nests or swooping over the water.

Ospreys are known for their ability to dive into water to catch live fish. When they dive, their focus is unbreakable as they stretch out their feet, aim their talons and descend on their prey.

To reach the Osprey Watch, turn into the Flaming Gorge Dam parking lot from Highway 191. Once you've parked, walk to the viewing area located on the peninsula opposite the Dam Visitor Center. For more information, contact Stewart at 435-790-0207.

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