SALT LAKE CITY — February is Bald Eagle Month in Utah, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and other partners are hosting several viewing parties across the state.
Spotting scopes will be available at the various locations, but bird watchers who have their own scope or a pair of binoculars should bring them.
The viewing parties will be held at the following times and locations:
• Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, Ouray National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, 19001 E. Wildlife Refuge Road, Randlett, Uintah County.
To reach the site, travel on U.S. 40 about 14 miles west of Vernal, or about 13 miles east of Roosevelt, and turn south on state Route 88. Travel south on S.R. 88 for 14 miles, then turn left into the refuge entrance. The refuge headquarters is a mile down the road.
• Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 a.m. to noon, Rush Lake Ranch, 9600 N. Minersville Highway (S.R. 130), about 12 miles north of Cedar City.
• Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area, about 10 miles northwest of Corinne.
To reach the management area, take I-15 to Exit 365, and travel west on S.R. 83 through Corinne and continue on to 6800 West. Turn right on 6800 West, and travel north to 6800 North. The management area’s Compton’s Knoll Watchable Wildlife site will be on the left.
• Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, 1325 W. Glovers Lane (925 South), Farmington.
In addition to seeing a wide variety of birds, participants can enjoy special activities at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center that day. The center is on the north side of the management area at 1157 S. Waterfowl Way.
• Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fountain Green State Fish Hatchery east of Nephi.
If coming from the north, take I-15 to Exit 225 and turn east on S.R. 132 and travel about 10 miles. About one mile before the city of Fountain Green, a Bald Eagle Day sign will point to an access road that leads to the hatchery.Comment on this story
At the hatchery, participants will receive a map of the Sanpete Valley that highlights the best areas in the valley to view eagles. Literature, displays and bathroom facilities will also be available at the hatchery. Spotting scopes will be set up at a nearby location where eagles often gather in a large tree. The viewing site is about one mile from the hatchery. Free tours of the hatchery will also be offered.
Those who attend any of the events are advised to dress in warm clothes and bring waterproof boots.