World Migratory Bird Day in Moab

Spring is here and wildlife migrations are in full swing. It’s a season of opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts, especially for those who enjoy observing migratory birds as they pass through southeastern Utah, said Linda Whitham, Central Canyonlands program manager for The Nature Conservancy’s Moab Project Office in an email.

The Nature Conservancy and the Division of Wildlife Resources are hosting a celebration of World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 11, at the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve in Moab. Participants will have opportunities to join wildlife biologists as they tour the wetlands and encounter many species of birds and other wildlife, said Whitham.

“Wetlands are rare along Utah’s portion of the Colorado River, and that makes Moab’s wetlands vital habitat for wildlife,” said Whitham. “Migratory Bird Day is an opportunity to celebrate this unique landscape and learn more about the native plants and animals that the wetlands supports.”

In addition to a guided birding tour, Migratory Bird Day at the preserve will include stations where you can learn about mammals, native fish and aquatic insects. Other fun activities for families will also be offered. All events are free and open to participants of all ages.

The event will begin at the Kane Creek Entrance to the preserve, 934 W. Kane Creek Boulevard, in Moab. The birding tour will begin at 8 a.m. – be sure to bring binoculars, and all other activities will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Bikes, dogs and other pets are not permitted on the preserve, she said.

Almost 900 acres in size, the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve is co-owned by The Nature Conservancy and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The organizations manage the preserve to benefit both resident and migratory wildlife that rely on wetland habitat. The preserve is open to the public and provides a diversity of recreation opportunities that involve wildlife.

To register online for this free event, visit https://goo.gl/zJqiL5.

For more information on Migratory Bird Day at the Matheson Preserve, call Whitham at 435-259-4214, or Nicole Nielson, restoration biologist for the DWR, at 435-820-0687.