The bird walk will be held Saturday, May 10 from 8 a.m. until noon at the conservancy’s Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve on Kane Creek Boulevard. The event is free of charge and open to the public, bird club officials said in a news release.
The bird club revived the annual tradition of a spring bird count in 2013. At last year’s event, three groups of local residents and area visitors recorded 304 individual birds and 45 bird species at the preserve. The results were added to a national data bank, which is used to track trends in bird species across the United States. Over time, this information helps researchers track declines, upswings and changes in the population and distribution of migratory birds.
Created in 1993, the yearly spring count during International Migratory Bird Day gives birders a chance to share a day of birding with the public. The results of their findings, together with the birds counted in other areas, provide insight on the progress of spring migration and data on the abundance and distribution of each resident and migrating species.
Those who would like to participate in the May 10 event should meet at The Nature Conservancy parking lot on the preserve’s south side, at 934 W. Kane Creek Blvd.
From there, bird watchers will split into small groups to cover as much ground as possible and identify the diversity and abundance of birds on the preserve.
Participants are advised to wear sturdy walking shoes and bring sunscreen, water and snacks. Those who have binoculars should also bring them along, said Brent Stettler of the Utah Division of Wildlife.
“If you have some binoculars and a bird book, bring them with you,” Stettler said. “If not, we’ll have some binoculars for you to use.”
Participants do not have to stay for the full four hours, Stettler.
For more information, contact Kay McLean at 435-259-6199.