Birding Utah

From the black rosy-finch to the California condor, more than 430 bird species have been documented in Utah. A western state, Utah’s predominant habitats include arid deserts and sub-alpine forests. Utah also contains wetlands, sage-steppe, and forest, making it a prime destination for birders. In fact, in Utah it’s possible to visit each type of habitat in a single day! The self-guided autotour at Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, in northeastern Utah, contains wetlands (shorebirds, ducks, cranes, and herons), croplands, river, riparian woodlands (raptors and songbirds), and semi-desert shrubland habitat (western meadowlark and sage sparrow)—all in a nine-mile drive.

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  • Utah Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Utah Birding Hotspots

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Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area, Great Salt Lake, Utah. Photo by Jay Iwasaki / Flickr.

Ogden Bay, Utah: Silts, Avocets, Idises, Pelicans

Finding birds in Utah is easy. Look for water. That technique worked for my husband and me every time we tried it—beside the Great Salt Lake, in Utah’s corner of the Mohave Desert, along snow melt rivers in central Utah, and out in the western basin and range country. Yet, we were there in June, “a poor month to see wildlife,” according to Val Bachman, superintendent of one of the best birding areas along the Great Salt Lake— Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area. What, we wondered, would a rich birding time be like?
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