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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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
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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Global Big Day and Washington County Blitz
May
3
to May 4

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
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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Field Trip
May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Field Trip

Grafton

Meeting Place: Meet at 8am at the BLM parking lot. 345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George. Or, meet at 8:30am 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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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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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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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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Field Trip
Mar
23
8:00 AM08:00

Field Trip

  • Maxwell Canyon Park, Hildale, Utah (map)
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Maxwell Canyon, Hildale, Utah

About: We are excited to explore this spot that the Audubon has never before visited. Target species will the be the Red-naped Sapsucker and other higher elevation species. We will walk the trails around the park and canyon and, if time, visit some of the small reservoirs in the area. The scenery alone is worth the trip. We plan to bird to bird for at least 3 hours. Bring water, snacks, and lunch.

Meeting Place: Meet at 8am at the BLM parking lot. 345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George. Or, meet at 8:45am at the Walmart in Hurricane on 8:00am to carpool and caravan. If you meet at Walmart, meet at the parking lane on the SW corner of the main parking lot near the public recycling bins. We will plan to be at Maxwell Park in the canyon at 9:30am.

Leader: Maria Jeffs and Paul Jaussi


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Member Meeting
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Member Meeting

Hummingbird Banding in St. George

The process of banding hummingbirds yields information about local and migratory populations. In St. George, hummingbirds were banded for two seasons at the Tonaquint banding site. The information collected from the banding site brought to light the hummingbird species living in St. George as well as the hummingbird species that migrate through.

Shayla Wilkinson became involved with hummingbird banding after an internship with the BLM in Escalante. She attended a two week training course offered by the Hummingbird Monitoring Network to learn how to band hummingbirds and opened a banding site at Tonaquint under the supervision of Terry Tolbert (BLM) and Susan Wethingtion (HMN). Even though she is passionate about conservation and wildlife biology, she is working on a Bachelor's in Computer Science.

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Mar
20
9:00 AM09:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

  • 1851 South Dixie Drive St. George, UT, 84770 United States (map)
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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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Community Lecture with Dr. Joseph Platt
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Community Lecture with Dr. Joseph Platt

John Muir - A Voice For the Wilderness

We are invited to a lecture from one of our own Board members, Dr. Joseph Platt who will be discussing the life of one the great advocates for wilderness, John Muir.

John Muir came to the wilds of Wisconsin from Scotland as a young boy in 1849. He became a self-taught naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and powerful advocate for the preservation of wilderness. His letters, essays, and books recounted his adventures in nature. They have been read by millions and have shaped our thinking about our relationship with “wildness”. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. This lecture is part of the Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series, a collaborative presentation of Zion National Park Forever Project and the Division of Resource Management in Zion National Park. Lectures are hosted monthly and are free and open to the public.

Dr. Josh Platt is an environmental biologist working with the protection of endangered species. He received his B.S. in Wildlife from Utah State University, a M.S. in Zoology from BYU, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Cornell University. He has carried out research for several years in the tundra of the Yukon Territory and throughout the U.S. For twenty years, he was an ecological advisor to the Rulers of Bahrain and Dubai in the Arabian Gulf. He also worked on projects in Kuwait, Iran, Oman, Pakistan and Eritrea, East Africa. His current focus is the environmental constraints associated with wind and solar farms in the U.S.

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Mar
13
9:00 AM09:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

  • Man O War Road St. George, UT, 84790 United States (map)
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Man O War Trailhead

Meeting Place: Man O War Road, St. George. There is a parking lot at the intersection of S. Bloomington Drive, just past the bridge over the river.

Special Instructions: We will follow the paved trail along the Virgin River

Leader: TBD


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Wednesday Bird Walk
Feb
27
9:00 AM09:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

  • Confluence Park, La Verkin, UT (map)
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Confluence Park from La Verkin Creek Trailhead

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: TBD

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Field Trip - Quail Creek Reservoir
Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Field Trip - Quail Creek Reservoir

  • 451 SR-318 Hurricane, UT, 84737 United States (map)
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Because of the cold (and snowy) weather, we have decided to keep it simple and visit Quail Creek again. Target species will be the Red-breasted Merganser and the Red-necked Grebe that have been spotted this past week. With another winter storm set to hit this week, we will hopefully pick up some other rarities or early migrants. We will go to three different areas around the reservoir. Meet at the dam overlook by the DWR offices at 9:00am. We will also visit the boat ramp and then the overlook near the Harrisburg Creek inlet. 

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Member Meeting - Owls of Southern Utah
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Member Meeting - Owls of Southern Utah

Join us the evening of Wednesday, February 20, 7:00pm, as we learn about the Owls of Southern Utah. We will be privileged to have Cordell Peterson as our speaker for this event. You may know Cordell as a resident expert on raptors of the area. It should be a very informative evening. All are invited to attend regardless of whether or not you are a member of the Audubon Society.

Location: Tonaquint Nature Center, 1851 S Dixie Dr, St. George, UT 84770

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Feb
20
9:00 AM09:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

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Sullivan Virgin River Park in Washington and Adjacent Washington Fields Area

Meeting place:  Sullivan Park, parking lot. 965 South Washington Fields Road, Washington, Utah

Special Information:  We’ll be walking on a shared paved trail around the park then west through a rural area along the Virgin River.

Leader:  Lauren Hughes, Email: rsand14592@aol.com

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Feb
6
8:45 AM08:45

Wednesday Bird Walk

Snow Canyon Park, Snow Canyon Parkway

We have been watching the weather and the field trip is still on. Dress warm with good footwear to keep your feet dry. We will mostly be walking on pavement and gravel trails.

Meeting place:  Meet at 8:45am at the Johnson Canyon parking lot just before the entrance booth. We will set up carpools to enter the park

Special Information:  You will need a state parks pass to enter the park but will try to minimize that by carpooling. Dress warm and have good footwear. We will stay in the sun as much as possible. Trails are paved or gravel. Contact the leader for questions or other places to meet for a ride into the park

Leader:  Judy Schattner, Email: jsjudyschattner@gmail.com, 919-605-3722

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Bald Eagle Viewing
Feb
2
8:00 AM08:00

Bald Eagle Viewing

The public is invited to a Bald Eagle viewing party hosted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

This year, we're watching and celebrating bald eagles throughout Utah during the month of February. The southern Utah viewing opportunity will be held at Rush Lake (9600 N. Minersville Hwy. Cedar City, UT) on Feb. 2.

Join us for this free viewing opportunity where Division personnel will be there to answer your questions and help you spot bald eagles nearby. We'll have some spotting scopes available, but you should bring your own binoculars if available. Free 2019 bald eagle pins may be available while supplies last. See you there!

Registration for this event is not mandatory and tickets are not required, but we're asking that you please fill out the registration form so we can make improvements to future events: http://bit.ly/s_eagleday

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Jan
30
9:00 AM09:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

  • 965 South Washington Fields Road Washington, UT, 84780 United States (map)
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Sullivan Virgin River Park in Washington and Adjacent Washington Fields Area

Meeting place:  Sullivan Park, parking lot. 965 South Washington Fields Road, Washington, Utah

Special Information:  We’ll be walking on a shared paved trail around the park then west through a rural area along the Virgin River.

Leader:  Valerie Jueschke, Email: vjueschke@gmail.com

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Jan
23
9:00 AM09:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

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

Meeting Place: 1250 North 1400 West, St. George, Utah. Take Red Hills Parkway to 1400 West. Turn south (left) at 1400 West and drive south 1.5 blocks to parking lot of park.

Special Instructions: Easy walking on paved path

Leader: Lucy Ormond, lucyormond73@gmail.com

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Southern Utah Clean Air Legislation Forum
Jan
21
7:00 PM19:00

Southern Utah Clean Air Legislation Forum

This forum focuses on local air quality issues, including federal climate legislation and will have several elected representatives in attendance. Proposed State and Federal bills will be reviewed.

Location: Dixie State University in the Hazy Building, Boeing Auditorium.

Topics: State Legislation – HB403 (Dr Yoram Bauman), the state legislative process and history (Tom Moyer), Federal legislation – HR7173 (Bill Barron), and local action.

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Field Trip - Beryl Junction
Jan
19
8:00 AM08:00

Field Trip - Beryl Junction

The trip leader confirmed the roads are passable and the weather will be cold, but good. In Beryl there may be mud on the sides of the road when you pull off, but no snow. Trucks, SUVs, and all wheel drive vehicles are preferred. We will carpool. It should be a great trip!!

About: Join us for a trip to Beryl Junction to view the common winter raptors of our area. We expect to see Bald and Golden Eagles, Red-tailed, Rough-legged, and Ferruginous Hawks. Falcons and Kestrels will also be a possibility. Of course we will bird any good areas while there.

Dress warm for the weather! Bring your own water and snacks/lunch.

Meeting Location: BLM parking lot. 345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George. Meet at 8:00am to carpool and caravan. We will also stop at the Sinclair gas station in Enterprise around 9:00am if you want to meet us there.

Trip Leader: Cordell Peterson, email: cordell@infowest.com

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Monthly Meeting - Raptors of Southern Utah
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting - Raptors of Southern Utah

Presentation by Joseph Platt, PhD

Join us as we learn about the raptors of Southern Utah from raptor expert, Joseph Platt, PhD (Cornell University). We will also hear from Robyn MacDuff of the Raptor Inventory Nest Survey (RINS), an organization that relies on volunteers to monitor raptor nests.

Joe Platt is an ecologist based in St. George, UT. He has spent more than thirty years in environmental work in Arctic Canada, Arabia, East Africa and throughout the US. He has extensively studied nesting behavior of protected species and been an active bander of raptors and numerous shorebird and passerine species. Along with over a dozen published peer reviewed scientific articles and three book chapters, he has presented scientific papers in 13 countries.

He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Peregrine Fund and the World Center for Birds of Prey. He also served on the editing board of the Journal for the Raptor Research Foundation and a member of the California Burrowing Owl Consortium.

Joe is a graduate of Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Jan
16
9:00 AM09:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

Crosby Confluence Park

Meeting Place: Parking lot at 2099 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George. Make sure to drive past the Dixie Convention Center and under the overpass to the parking lot.

Special Instructions:
Low to moderate impact walking on unpaved trails with slight hills. Will not need to walk more than 1/2 mile total.

Leader: Cheryl Carlile, Email: cherylcarlile@gmail.com, Phone: 714-504-0866

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Jan
9
9:00 AM09:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

  • 2395 East Springs Drive St. George, UT, 84790 United States (map)
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Seegmiller Marsh and Springs Pond

Meeting place:  2395 East Springs Drive, St. George, UT

Special Information:  https://utahbirdingspots.blogspot.com/2015/02/seegmiller-marsh-complex-springs-park.html

Leader:  TBD

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CBC - Glen Canyon NRA
Jan
4
7:30 AM07:30

CBC - Glen Canyon NRA

Page, AZ

Meet at Glen Canyon NRA headquarters on Highway 89 at 07:30 a.m. The count will take place on the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam, nearby segments of Lake Powell, and by land within our count radius. For questions contact John Spence at: (928) 608-6267 or John_Spence@nps.gov.  Free T-Shirts will be provided to participants by the Glen Canyon Natural History Association. (Folks will have the options of going on the boats onto the lake).

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Wednesday Bird Walk
Jan
2
9:00 AM09:00

Wednesday Bird Walk

Tonaquint Nature Park

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

Special Instructions: Mostly level walking on paved and dirt paths.

Leader: Lucy Ormand, Email: clucygo@gmail.com, Phone: 435-229-1404

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CBC - Silver Reef
Dec
29
7:00 AM07:00

CBC - Silver Reef

This is a Red Cliffs Audubon sponsored Christmas Bird Count

Contact: Marshall Topham, marshalltopham@gmail.com

Details: Participants will pick up their packets between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM at the Utah Division of Natural Resource building located at Quail Creek Reservoir (451 SR-318, Hurricane, UT 84737).  The compilation will be held at the same site, beginning at 4:00 PM.  See below map:

Directions to the start and end of the Silver Reef CBC.

Directions to the start and end of the Silver Reef CBC.

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CBC - St. George
Dec
28
7:00 AM07:00

CBC - St. George

This is a Red Cliffs Audubon sponsored event

Leader: Ken Hinton, Email: kenahinton@hotmail.com, 435-772-1019

Details: The "St. George" Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held Friday, December 28, 2018. Those willing to participate can pick up their packets between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM at the St. George Tonaquint Nature Center.  The compilation will be held at the same site, beginning at 5:00 PM. Please contact Ken Hinton (info above) if you are interested in participating so he can plan.

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