Join HawkWatch International, Alta Ski Area, and Friends of Alta for an afternoon of hawk and bird watching at Alta. Learn about in-flight identification and get the tricks of the trade from raptor ID expert Jerry Liguori and other HawkWatch staff. This event is made possible and sponsored by Alta Ski Area and Friends of Alta.
A lift will be in operation for the ride up to a ridge above 10,000 feet, but we will walk down from the ridge at the end of the day. Expect the walk down to take about a half hour. We will use this time to do more birding.
Bring your binoculars, water, snacks, sunscreen, light rain jacket, and your raptor curiosity!
Meet at the Albion Grill or Sunnyside Room depending on your arrival time; both locations are accessed from the Albion Base parking lot.
12:00 pm: Albion Grill is offering 25% off lunch for event participants. Grab a lunch with Jerry and the HawkWatch experts at noon, or meet us in the Sunnyside Room below the Albion Grill at 1pm.
1:00 pm: Meet in the Sunnyside Room at Albion Base for a brief program by Jerry Liguori.
1:30 pm: Take the lift up to the ridge where we will be hawk watching for the afternoon.
4:30-5:00 pm: Hike down and more birding (participants may begin their hike down at any time).
Please register before September 3 so we can get a head count for the lift service up. Use the link below to register. Contact Nelson with questions via email or call 801-484-6808 x101.
We will have field guides by Jerry Liguori (signed) for sale day-of, $20, or you may order yours online now.
September 07, 2014 1:00 pm
Event End Date
September 07, 2014 5:00 pm
We are no longer accepting registration for this event
Join HWI staff, Jerry Liguori, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources at Squaw Peak Lookout Point for a day of hawkwatching. Experts will be on hand to help with identification and answer any raptor questions you have. HawkWatch International will have their education birds on hand.
Bob Walters, Watchable Wildlife coordinator for the DWR, says by Sept. 27, the trees near the Orem overlook will be in their fall colors. And the air at the watch site should be crisp.
"If the skies are clear," Walters says, "you'll get an up-close look at harriers, vultures, eagles, hawks and falcons as they sail overhead."
"Raptor Watch Day is a great opportunity to kick back, relax and watch raptors," he says.
Getting to the site
You can reach Squaw Peak Trail Road from Provo Canyon.
To reach the canyon from Interstate 15, exit I-15 at the 800 North exit in Orem (Exit 272) and travel east on 800 North. This road will take you into Provo Canyon.
Once you reach the mouth of the canyon, travel for about two miles, and look for Raptor Watch Day event signs on the south side of the road. Once you see the signs, turn onto Squaw Peak Trail Road, and travel to the overlook.
Join experts Jerry Liguori (author of several top guides to raptor identification), Bryan Dixon, and Jean Lown on a hike up to the crest of the Wellsville Mountains to witness one of the wonders of the avian world. Thousands of raptors migrate along the Wellsvilles during the fall migration season. On a good day, we’ll see more than 100 raptors of a number of different species. We’ll hike up Deep Canyon and plan to eat lunch while watching raptors drift by. The trail gains three thousand feet in approximately four miles, so be prepared and be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Bring plenty of water. Since it is usually cool and windy up on top, a change of layers, a warm sweater, and a good wind shell make the experience more comfortable. Bring binoculars, lunch, and water. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot between Caffe Ibis and the Logan fire station (50E 150N, Logan). Carpooling will be available. We'll be birding into the mid-afternoon, and late-comers are welcome to meet us at the ridgeline - just hike up the Deep Canyon trailhead to the summit of the Wellsville Ridge, and then follow the ridge about a quarter mile to the north. This trip is co-sponsored by Bridgerland Audubon Society and HawkWatch International.