Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day


Yellow-rumped warblers are among the birds you might see at the May 12 event.

DWR Press Release

See a diversity of birds at the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve on May 12

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.

The Nature Conservancy and the Division of Wildlife Resources are hosting a celebration of World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 12, at the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve in Moab. Participants will have opportunities to join wildlife biologists as they tour the wetlands and encounter a diversity of birds.

“Wetlands are rare along Utah’s portion of the Colorado River, and that makes Moab’s wetlands vital habitat for wildlife,” said Linda Whitham, central canyonlands program manager at The Nature Conservancy’s Moab Project Office. “Migratory Bird Day is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the diverse wildlife and habitat that southeastern Utah has to offer.”

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., and all other activities will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Dogs and other pets are not permitted on the preserve.

Almost 900 acres in size, the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve is co-owned by The Nature Conservancy and the 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.

You don’t have to register for the free event, but you’re encouraged to complete an online form. Completing the form will help the DWR make future events even better. You can complete the form online.

For more information on Migratory Bird Day at the Matheson Preserve, call Whitham at 435-259-4214, or Morgan Jacobsen, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR, at 435-613-3707.

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