Reserves in Utah

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Zion National Park

Birds of Zion National Park

Designated in 1919, Zion National Park is Utah's oldest national park. Zion canyon features soaring towers and monoliths that suggest a quiet grandeur. Zion is also known for its incredible slot canyons, including "The Narrows," which attract hikers from around the world. With nearly three million visitors per year, Zion is Utah's most heavily used park.
Some 8,000 feet above sea level, a Peregrine Falcon cruises from its perch atop Zion's high plateau. A flock of Band-tailed Pigeons note its approach and bolt on noisy wings into a stand of ponderosa pines. The falcon careens over the edge of its looming sandstone world and drops roughly 2,000 feet along a sheer rock wall; White-throated Swifts scatter to give it space. At the base of the cliffs the raptor's flight becomes more horizontal. From the pygmy forest of pinyon and juniper, thirty Pinyon Jays squawk their disapproval, and further down, along the Virgin River, a Black-headed Grosbeak eyes the Peregrine from the cover of a big cottonwood. Soon, the falcon's shadow is streaking across searing desert terrain, where a Roadrunner abandons its pursuit of lizards to avoid becoming prey itself.

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Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, located at the northern tip of the Great Salt Lake, is a 74,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge. The historic 65,000 acres of the Refuge consist of marsh, open water and mudflats. Approximately 9,000 more acres were added to the Refuge through land acquisition during 1993-94. Much of this new property consists of uplands, wet meadows and ponds.
Throughout the refuge's long, rich past, it has not only been an oasis for shorebirds and waterfowl, but many people find solitude viewing the winter sun setting over the Promontory Mountains, or by watching a pair of American Avocets dancing in spring.

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Left: Broad-tailed Hummingbird

List of Birding Places in Utah

A full list of birding sites in Utah can be found by visiting the Utah birding web site.
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Bryce canyon

Birds of Bryce Canyon

More than 164 species of birds visit Bryce Canyon annually, with the greatest variety between May and October. Predacious, omnivorous, and herbivorous species are supported by a broad food base of insects, berries, nuts, and rodents. Swifts and swallows can be seen darting for insects along cliff faces woodpeckers and nuthatches concentrate their efforts in tall trees; meadowlarks, bluebirds, and robins are most active in meadow areas.

By October most species begin to prepare for winter. Mule deer, cougars, and coyotes migrate to lower elevations. Most bird species migrate to warmer climates: jays, nuthatches, ravens, hawks, and owls are notable exceptions. Blue grouse are permanent residents also, subsisting on spruce and fir needles during long winters. Marmots and ground squirrels hibernate until spring.

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