Hear and see songbirds during guided bird walk in the La Sals
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Lazuli buntings are among the wide variety of birds that might be seen during a walk through the La Sal Mountains. Photos courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
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Area residents and visitors are invited to experience the sights and sounds of songbirds in their breeding plumage, and enjoy their songs and calls, during a guided bird walk in the La Sal Mountains this weekend. The event is free of charge, officials with the state Division of Wildlife Resources said in a news release.

The public walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 1. Those who would like to participate should meet at the Moab Information Center, located at the corner of Center and Main streets, at 7 a.m. From there, the group will caravan up the La Sal Mountain Loop Road to the Warner Lake area, said Brent Stettler, DWR southeastern region conservation outreach manager.

For the best experience, bring a pair of binoculars and a field guide, if available. A few pairs of binoculars will be available for those who don’t have their own, Stettler said.

Although the walk is not arduous, participants are advised to wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots. Participants should also bring any beverages and snacks they might want, Stettler said in the news release.

“To experience the songbirds, participants will need to move slowly, stay on roadsides and trails, and speak in hushed voices,” Stettler said in the news release. “As a courtesy to others, please leave pets and small children at home. Some birders will stay as late as noon, but you’re welcome to leave the group at any time.”

No registration is required for the event. The walk is sponsored by the state Division of Wildlife Resources, the Moab Bird Club and the U.S. Forest Service.

For more information, contact Stettler with the Utah DWR at 435-613-3707 or Marian Eason with the Moab Bird Club at 435-259-6447.

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