Wednesday Bird Walk
Sep
18
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

LaVerkin Confluence Park

Meeting Place: From State Street in LaVerkin turn west on 900 North into a subdivision called Riverwoods. The paved road turns into a dirt road. Follow this dirt road to the Confluence Park parking lot found on your left (south).

About: Confluence Park is a 344 acre natural park managed by Washington County through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve office. It is uniquely located within the boundaries of Hurricane and LaVerkin, Utah where Ash Creek and LaVerkin Creek meet the Virgin River. Confluence Park sits at the bottom of large basaltic lava cliffs, leaving it isolated and protected from development in the cities above.

Special Instructions: We will be walking on level dirt paths / roads.

Leader: Lucy Ormond

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Member Meeting - Photography
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Member Meeting - Photography

Displaying the Winning Photographs from the 2018 Audubon Photography Competition

The Red Cliffs Audubon is currently in possession of the winning photographs from the 2018 Audubon Photography Competition. We will have an opportunity to view these wonderful photos (in 30” x 42” format) and being instructed about nature and bird photography by Lynn Chamberlain who teaches photography at Dixie State University. We will also be able to see photographs from some of our local members.

Location: Courtyard Marriott, 185 S 1470 E, St. George, UT 84790

Time: We will start at 6:30pm with a small reception to be able to view the photographs, followed by the presentation by Lynn Chamberlain at 7:00pm.

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Oct
2
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

Santa Clara Arboretum

The Santa Clara City Arboretum is a unique blend of desert park, wetlands, and wildlife sanctuary. It is an area that is constantly evolving.

Meeting Place: Park at the dirt parking lot on the North side of Little League Drive between N. Canyon View Drive and Lava Cove Drive in Santa Clara.

Details: Mostly dirt path with slight up and downs.

Leader: Lucy Ormond

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Oct
9
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

Ivins Reservoir (Fire Lake)

Ivins Reservoir is an off stream reservoir with a holding capacity of 500 acre feet of water used for irrigation and recreation.

Meeting Place: Follow Old Highway 91 past Ivins and turn right onto Crescent Moon Trail to Fire Lake Park at Ivins Reservoir.

Details: Mostly paved with some traveling on dirt paths.

Leader: Lucy Ormond

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Oct
16
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

Quail Creek Reservoir

Meeting Place: Meet at the parking lot behind the DWR offices. Address is 451 SR 318 (5300 West) in Hurricane (near the Dam)

Special Instructions: We will be setting up spotting scopes to search for wintering water fowl. We may move north along the lake for views of the upper end.

Information About the Reservoir: https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/quail-creek/

Leader: Lucy Ormond

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Oct
23
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

Tonaquint Nature Park

Tonaquint Nature Center is an oasis of nature in the heart of St. George. The ripple of Santa Clara river, the rustle of cattails and the screech of a red-tailed hawk are experiences to discover at St. George’s best kept secret.

Meeting Place: 1851 South Dixie Drive, St. George. We will start at the deck overlooking the pond at the nature center.

Special Instructions: We will be following mostly smooth, dirt paths.

Leader: Lucy Ormond

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Oct
30
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

Boots-Cox Park / Crosby Family Confluence Park

We will start at Boots-Cox Park to look for the Vermillion Flycatchers, Pipits, and other birds that are somewhat unique to this park. We will then make our way to Crosby Confluence Park to walk the Virgin River Trail.

Meeting Place: 1080 S. 900 E, St. George (Boots-Cox Park)

Special Instructions: We will be walking mainly on paved paths with some flat dirt paths.

Leader: Lucy Ormond

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Member Meeting
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

Member Meeting

A History Of Christmas Bird Counts

Join us as Bryan Dixon gives us a brief history of Christmas Bird Counts, why they are done, and why they are so important for conservation today. You will also learn that you do not need to be an expert to participate in the longest running citizen-science project in the world!

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Sep
4
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

Royal Oaks Park

Meeting Place: 1250 N. 1400 W St, St. George. This 5.5-acre community park provides direct access to the Halfway Wash Trail and connection to the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve via Paradise Rim Trail.

Details: Mostly paved with some traveling on dirt paths.

Leader: Lucy Ormond

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Field Trip
Aug
17
6:00 AM06:00

Field Trip

Markagunt Plateau (Above Cedar City)

Meeting Place: We will have three meeting places:

6:00am at the BLM parking lot (345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George).

6:15am at the Texaco Gas Station at Hwy 9 Exit off I-15 (Exit 16)

7:00am at the Main Street Park in Cedar City (200 N. Main Street, with parking along 100 East).

We will be birding around the Markagunt Plateau past Cedar Breaks National Monument. Target areas include Dry Camp Valley Spring and Navajo Lake. We will plan to be done around 12:00 noon. We will carpool as needed.

Special Instructions: Bring plenty of water, snack, and a lunch.

Leader: Paul Jaussi, call 503-970-2413 with questions.

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Monthly Field Trip
Jul
20
7:00 AM07:00

Monthly Field Trip

Lava Point / Kolob Terrace

Meeting Place: Meet at 7:00am at the BLM parking lot. 345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George. Or, meet at 7:45am at the Maverick gas station at 460 N. State in La Verkin. We will carpool as needed, and make a few stops along Kolob Terrace Road before reaching Lava Point around 10:00am. Here we will scan the amazing views above Zion National Park for Condors and Zone-tailed Hawks.

Special Instructions: Bring plenty of water, snack, and a lunch.

Leader: Paul Jaussi

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Bird Festival Committee Meeting
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Bird Festival Committee Meeting

Where: Tonaquint Nature Center

Who: Anyone interested in helping plan and organize the 2020 Bird Festival. We have a lot of great people helping out already but can always use more to lighten the loads. Specific help is needed for Marketing/Publicity, Sponsorships, Programs, and Events. If you don’t feel you can help with planning, please plan on helping as a volunteer during the event. Contact RedCliffsAudubon@gmail.com if you can help out as a volunteer.

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Bird Walk with Dr. Bolus
Jun
28
10:00 AM10:00

Bird Walk with Dr. Bolus

Join SUU Biology Professor and bird expert Dr. Rachel Bolus for a Birds of Cedar Breaks guided walk. Binoculars will be provided but please bring your own if you have them! Meet on time or 10 minutes in advance at the Point Supreme Information Center at Cedar Breaks National Monument. This event is free, but park entrance fees apply.

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Jun
26
7:00 AM07:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

Tonaquint Nature Center

Meeting Place: 1851 S Dixie Dr, St. George. Meet on the deck overlooking the pond at the Nature Center Building.

Special Instructions: Some paved, but mostly level dirt trails.

Leader: Lucy Ormond

Note: This will be our final Wednesday Bird Walk of the Summer. We will start again beginning in September.

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Monthly Field Trip
Jun
15
7:00 AM07:00

Monthly Field Trip

Pine Valley

Meeting Place: Meet at 7:00am at the BLM parking lot. 345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George. Or, meet at 7:45am the gravel parking area off at the turnoff from Hwy 18 to the Pine Valley Hwy in Central, UT. We will carpool as needed.

Special Instructions: We will start birding after we leave Central and make a few stops along the juniper trees, fields, and and valleys looking for higher elevation birds. We will finish at the Pine Valley Recreation Area. Bring plenty of water and snacks/lunch. We will bird until about noon.

Leader: Paul Jaussi, email: pauljaussi@gmail.com

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Jun
12
7:00 AM07:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

Sullivan Virgin River Soccer Park

Meeting Place: The parking lot at 965 S Washington Fields Rd, Washington, UT

Special Instructions: We will be walking on mostly level, paved paths along the Virgin River. This is one of the more easily navigated bird walks.

Leader: Lucy Ormond

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Jun
5
7:00 AM07:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

  • 1506 Canyon View Dr Santa Clara, UT, 84765 United States (map)
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Santa Clara Arboretum

Meeting Place: Meet at parking lot on Little League Drive, between Lava Ridge Drive and Canyon View Drive in Santa Clara. NOTE 7:00AM start time.

Special Instructions: We will follow trails along the Santa Clara River in this restoration area. This link provides more information on the area (http://wchsutah.org/parks/santa-clara-arboretum.php)

Leader: Lucy Ormond

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2018 Audubon Photography Award Winners
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

2018 Audubon Photography Award Winners

The Great Salt Lake Audubon is hosting an exhibit of the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards Winners. In conjunction with this event, noted artist Jane Kim has been invited to talk about the creation of her amazing wall of birds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Location: The SLC City Library; first floor and main floor auditorium (210 East 400 South, Salt 
Lake City)

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Field Trip
May
18
7:30 AM07:30

Field Trip

Grafton

Meeting Place: Meet at 7:30am at the BLM parking lot. 345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George. Or, meet at 8:00am at the Maverick gas station at 460 N. State in La Verkin. We will carpool as needed, planning to arrive in Grafton around 9:15am.

Special Instructions: Grafton is one of the top spring-time birding destinations in our area. The mulberry trees will be in bloom to attract a variety of bird species. We will be walking throughout the area on dirt roads and through some uneven fields.

Bring plenty of water and snacks/lunch.

Leader: Paul Jaussi, email: pauljaussi@gmail.com

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Member Meeting
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Member Meeting

Topic: The Wildlife Program at Zion National Park

Zion National Park biologist Jason Pietrzak will talk about historical and ongoing wildlife projects at Zion as well as thoughts and questions for the future of wildlife study in the region. This includes projects involving birds such as the California Condor.

Jason has been a wildlife biologist at Zion for about a year and a half. In the past, he has specialized mostly in bird research and has worked on wildlife projects in private industry as well as several federal and state agencies. When he isn't working, he enjoys birding and exploring with family and friends.

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Wednesday Bird Walk
May
15
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

Tonaquint Nature Center

Meeting Place: 1851 S Dixie Dr, St. George. Meet on the deck overlooking the pond at the Nature Center Building. Meet at 9:00AM.

Special Instructions: We will look for early migrants. Some paved, but mostly level dirt trails.

Leader: Paul Jaussi, email: pauljaussi@gmail.com

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Wednesday Bird Walk
May
8
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

  • 965 South Washington Fields Road Washington, UT, 84780 United States (map)
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Sullivan Virgin River Soccer Park

Meeting Place: The parking lot at 965 S Washington Fields Rd, Washington, UT

Special Instructions: We will be walking on mostly level, paved paths.

Leader: TBD


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Global Big Day and Washington County Blitz
May
4
6:00 AM06:00

Global Big Day and Washington County Blitz

On 4 May, will you join more than 30,000 others and become a part of the Global Big Day? The Red Cliffs Audubon wants to support this global effort by doing what we are calling a county blitz to determine how many species we can find in a county in a 24-hour period. This year we will focus on Washington County. We want to highlight the incredible diversity of bird species in this county to showcase another reason why our area is such a great place to live.

You don’t have to commit to birding for 24 hours—an hour or even 10 minutes of watching birds makes you part of the team. Visit your favorite spot or search out someplace new; enjoy a solo walk or get some friends to join in the blitz. We want to make sure we have as much of the habitat in the county covered so additional plans will be coming out in upcoming email newsletters. Feel free to email us at RedCliffsAudubon@gmail.com for more information. For information on the Global Bid Day, visit the eBird website.

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Wednesday Bird Walk
May
1
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

  • 1080 South 900 East St. George, UT, 84790 United States (map)
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Boots-Cox Family Park / Crosby Family Confluence Park

Meeting Place: Boots-Cox Family Park, 1080 S 900 E, St. George, UT. We’ll be searching for the resident Vermillion Flycatchers. We will then move over to Crosby Family Confluence Park, 2099 S Convention Center Dr, St. George

Special Instructions: Boots-Cox park is small so will only spend about 30 minutes there. If you are late, plan to meet us at Crosby Family Confluence Park

Leader: TBD


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Field Trip
Apr
27
7:00 AM07:00

Field Trip

Lytle Ranch

Meeting Place (New Time!!): Meet at 7:00am at the BLM parking lot. 345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George. Or, meet at 7:30am at the Shivwits Convience Store at 5861 W Old Hwy 91 in Ivins. We will carpool. We are starting earlier as it is supposed to be a warm day and we want to spend as much good hours at Lytle as possible.

Special Instructions: Lytle Ranch is the top birding spot in our region. It is located, “where the Basin and Range Province of the Mojave Desert is juxtaposed to the Colorado River Plateau. The Preserve is at an unusual place in North America where unique geological formations and ecosystems overlap.” It has year-round running water, ponds, large trees and orchards, and a variety of habitat. All participants will need to fill out a liability release form found below. We will do a few stops along the gravel road to Lytle to look for Cactus Wren, Ash-throated Flycatchers, Black-tailed Gnatcatchers, and Loggerhead Shrike.

We will bird until the day either the temperature or the winds go up. We will be walking mostly on dirt roads and trails. Bring plenty of water and a lunch. We will plan to eat in the shade of the picnic tables before leaving.

Liability Release Form for Lytle Ranch

Leader: Paul Jaussi, email: pauljaussi@gmail.com


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Wednesday Bird Walk
Apr
24
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

  • 472 5300 West Hurricane, UT, 84737 United States (map)
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Confluence Park - La Verkin

Meeting Place: Meet at La Verkin Creek Trailhead which is accessed from SR-17 at 900 North in La Verkin. From State Street (SR-17) in La Verkin, take a left on 900 North, following it about through the neighborhood and onto a gravel road which eventually ends at the trailhead parking area.

Special Instructions: Birders should be prepared to hike for about 2 miles. Most of this is down a dirt road and relatively flat. We might detour down another dirt trail or two, which would be slightly rougher terrain, but still relatively mild. Bring binoculars, and dress for the weather.

Leader: Lucy Ormond

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POSTPONED - Field Trip
Apr
20
7:00 AM07:00

POSTPONED - Field Trip

Lytle Ranch Field Trip is Postponed!!

We are sorry for any inconvenience, but we have postponed the scheduled field trip to Lytle Ranch until Saturday, April 27. We were informed by the ranch managers that there would be over 100 BYU students spread out across the ranch doing field research plus a large family gathering of 50+ people taking up the picnic and fields areas. While we were welcome to go, wee felt this would take away from our experience and possibly interfere with the student’s research. We were assured we would be the only large group on the 27th. Also note we plan to leave at 7:00am to get an early start.

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Sage-grouse Experience
Apr
20
4:30 AM04:30

Sage-grouse Experience

Note: This is not an Audubon-sponsored event.

This free event offers an early morning excursion to a lek to watch sage-grouse strut. The bus will take the group back to the Elko Basque Club to enjoy a delicious brunch and a presentation from experts in Sage-grouse biology, behavior, and conservation. Each participant will receive a Sage-grouse Experience souvenir. We welcome ages 12+ with adult. Transportation provided. This event is sponsored by the Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group and other community partners.

RESERVE your seat by emailing: sage@nnsg.org by April 12th. Or call 775-385-8870, Facebook and www.NNWG.org

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Apr
17
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

  • 452 North Main Street St. George, UT, 84770 United States (map)
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Brooks Nature Park

Meeting Place: 452 N Main St, St. George, UT 84770

Special Instructions: This is a small park but has lots of good habitat. There are good trails but are not always level

Leader: TBD


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Wednesday Bird Walk
Apr
10
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

  • 1250 1400 West Street St. George, UT, 84770 United States (map)
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Royal Oaks Park

Meeting Place: The parking lot at 1250 N 1400 W St, St. George, UT 84770

Special Instructions: Mostly flat trails. We will be covering the entire area of the park

Leader: Paul Jaussi, email: pauljaussi@gmail.com


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Wednesday Bird Walk
Apr
3
8:00 AM08:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

  • Little League Drive Santa Clara, UT United States (map)
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Santa Clara Arboretum

Meeting Place: Meet at parking lot on Little League Drive, between Lava Ridge Drive and Canyon View Drive in Santa Clara.

Special Instructions: We will follow trails along the Santa Clara River in this restoration area. This link provides more information on the area (http://wchsutah.org/parks/santa-clara-arboretum.php)

Leader: TBD


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