In an effort to find food and escape colder conditions farther north, bald eagles fly to Utah every winter. By the time February arrives, hundreds of eagles are in the state.
The Division of Wildlife Resources is holding viewing events in different parts of the state to give Utahns the best chance to see the greatest number of eagles.
For residents of Northern Utah, the closest viewing opportunity will be held at the Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area (Compton’s Knoll), located about 10 miles northwest of Corinne. The viewing on Feb. 9 takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Jodie Anderson, Volunteer Services Coordinator. It’s not often “you have the opportunity to see the several varieties of water fowl, marsh hawks and bald eagles all in one setting.”
Biologists from the Utah DWR and experts with Wasatch Audubon will be on hand to answer questions and help spot bald eagles and other wetland birds nearby.
Spotting scopes will be available, but Anderson suggests you should bring your own binoculars if you have them.
“Sometimes we can get several different species of birds all in one viewing in a spotting scope,” according to Anderson. “It’s a great opportunity and a great experience,” she said.
To reach the Salt Creek WMA, take exit 365 off of Interstate 15 and travel west on State Route 83 through Corinne. Stay on SR-83 until you get to 6800 West (Iowa String). Turn right on 6800 West, and travel north to 6800 North. Once you reach 6800 North, the WMA’s Compton’s Knoll Watchable Wildlife site will be on your left side.
Anderson advises you dress for cold conditions and make sure you have good shoes.
The event is free and “it’s something good for kids to come see and experience as well,” Anderson said.