Kestrel Presentation and Field Trip

Join HWI's Dave Oleyar and Shawn Hawks at the Antelope Island State Park visitor center for a discussion on American Kestrels. We will give a brief overview of Kestrels and their ecology, and discuss the decline this species has been facing for many years. As part of our American Kestrel Study, we are monitoring Kestrel nest boxes on the Island and will take a field trip to some of the nest boxes following the presentation.

Event date March 21, 2015 10:30 am
Event End Date March 21, 2015 12:30 pm
Owl Prowl & Presentation

Join HWI's Dave Oleyar at the Antelope Island visitor center as he talks about owl biology in general and the species that can be seen on the island.  After the talk Dave will lead an owling trip around the park so don't forget to bring your binoculars.

Event date April 11, 2015 6:30 pm
Event End Date April 11, 2015 8:30 pm
Flammulated Owl field trip (Canceled due to weather)

Flammulated Owls are small, mostly insectivorous cavity-nesting owls found throughout Utah. They will also use nestboxes and the longest known nestbox study of this species is in the Wasatch-Cache range of northern Utah where over 100 nestboxes have been installed for these and other tiny owls.

HWI Scientist Dave Oleyar has been a collaborator on this study since 1996, and will be leading a pre-season field trip to Snowbasin to prepare for the 2015 breeding season.

HWI staff and volunteers will help clean and repair as many nestboxes in this project area as time allows.  Join us for  a fun day of hiking in the mountains and helping conservation.  While we are unlikely to see Flammulated Owls in the boxes this early in the season, finding red squirrels, flying squirrels, or Northern Saw-whet Owls is not uncommon.  We will meet at the HWI Office (2240  South 900 East, SLC 84106) at 9am and caravan/carpool up together. Email Dave if you would like to go but prefer meet at the Snowbasin trailhead. (Participants in the clean-up field trips will have priority to any nest check/banding trips later in the summer!)

Use the registration links below.

What to bring:

  • Lunch, snacks and plenty of water
  • Wear boots or shoes and clothing that you don't mind getting dirty/muddy
  • Binoculars and camera (if you wish)
  • Snowshoes will likely not be necessary this trip, but crampons may be helpful if you have them
Event date April 25, 2015 9:00 am
Event End Date April 25, 2015 3:00 pm

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Salt Lake City Parks & Birds

Join HWI's Dave Oleyar and Artemis, the Western Screech-owl, at the Salt Lake City Lee Charles Miller Bird Refuge and Nature Park. Get an up close look at a Screech-owl and learn a little about owl biology before taking a walk through the park to listen for, and  hopefully spot owls.

Meet at the Northeast end of the park and wear appropriate clothing and shoes. It's going to be a hoot!


HawkWatch International entered into a partnership in 2015 with Salt Lake City's Parks and Public Lands Program to study urban raptors and other birds, including American Kestrels and Western Screech-owls. We’ll be installing nest boxes in various Salt Lake City parks as part of this conservation study to research nesting success rates in different landscapes, including urban open space. Learn more about our American Kestrel Study on the project page.

Event date April 30, 2015 7:30 pm
Event End Date April 30, 2015 9:00 pm
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge field trip

In celebration of 2015 International Migratory Bird Day on May 9, HWI's Shawn Hawks and Jerry Liguori will lead a birding field trip through the beautiful Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. This year's theme for IMBD is "Restore Habitat, Restore Birds."

We will meet at the Wildlife Education Center and Refuge Office at 9:30 (refuge map). From there, we will do some caravanning and some walking.

Make sure to bring binoculars if you have some, proper clothing attire, and plenty of water and snacks. We will have a spotting scope and extra binoculars for sharing.

Event date May 09, 2015 9:30 am

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