Utah's state waterfowl management areas and federal refuges will be open to hunters 15 years of age and younger on Saturday. To qualify for the hunt, young hunters must complete the state's Hunter Education course, have a current hunting license and be accompanied by an adult.

Shooting starts at 6:52 a.m. To learn more about the hunt, review the 2008-2009 Utah Waterfowl Guidebook available at

For more information, call the nearest DWR office or 801-538-4700.


Utah's annual Raptor Watch Day will be Saturday. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orem overlook along Squaw Peak Road, east of Orem.

To access Squaw Peak Road from the Provo Canyon Road, and to reach the Provo Canyon Road, exit I-15 at Exit 275 and travel east on 800 North in Orem.

The Division of Wildlife Resources hosts Raptor Watch Day every year. The event is free.

Bob Walters, watchable wildlife coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said experts will be on hand to help identify passing birds of prey and to answer any questions about raptor migration. Raptor Watch Day is usually one of the best times to see raptors.

For more information, call 801-538-4771.


Camp Floyd State Park, along with the Utah Civil War Association and the town of Fairfield, will host Camp Floyd Day on Saturday at Camp Floyd State Park and Museum.

Activities are ongoing throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

They include re-enactments, encampments, storytelling, stagecoach rides,

firearm and cannon demonstrations, marches, drills, period games and

photos in period uniform.

The event is free. It is also Free State Park Day, so park admissions will be waived. Fees for special activities still apply.

Camp Floyd Day celebrates the history of Johnston's Army and the

influence it had on Utah and the Civil War history. Established in 1858,

Camp Floyd was the largest military installation in the United States. The army was sent to Utah to put down a Mormon rebellion, which never took place. The army was recalled in 1861 with the outbreak of the Civil War.

Camp Floyd State Park is located in the town of Fairfield, 22 miles southwest of Lehi on Highway 73.

For more information, call 801-768-8932.


Rockport State Park will be closed Oct. 1 through 15 while the Utah Department of Transportation replaces the highway bridge over the Weber River, which is located at the park entrance.

Throughout construction, public access is unavailable and all park

facilities will be closed. Parking areas on the west side of the reservoir and the Riverside area below the dam remain open.

For current construction information, call 435-336-2241.


The work of local wildlife photographers Darlene Ebeling and Brian Ferguson is currently on display at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge's wildlife education center.

Ebeling's photography features many wildlife species, although her real love is birds. Many of her images were taken at the refuge. Ferguson has taken pictures of a range of wildlife, many during his 37 years with the U.S. Forest Service.

The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The center is one block west of I-15 at exit 363.

For more information, call 435-723-5887.