Utah Tundra Swan Day
Source - Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Corinne — Seeing and hearing just one tundra swan is enough to take your breath away.
Tundra Swan Day is a great day to get outside and see tundra swans.
Imagine seeing and hearing hundreds of them.
You might at Tundra Swan Day.
Tundra Swan Day–March 14
On March 14, the Division of Wildlife Resources will host Utah's annual Tundra Swan Day. Admission is free. The event will be held at the Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area, west of Corinne.
Phil Douglass, regional conservation outreach manager with the DWR, says viewing will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. He says spotting scopes will be available, so you can get a close look at the swans. "If you have your own binoculars or a spotting scope, though, please bring it," he says.
In addition to enjoying the spring weather, Douglass says you'll have a thrilling viewing experience.
"Just seeing and hearing the variety of waterfowl at Salt Creek is worth the trip," he says, "but knowledgeable and friendly people from the DWR and Wasatch Audubon will also be available to answer any questions you have. And, if you have a scout group that needs to talk to a conservation officer, this is the perfect place to do it."
Douglass says the migration of tundra swans through Utah is happening earlier than normal this year, and hundreds of swans are at Salt Creek right now. Because swans are moving through earlier this year, the number of swans at Salt Creek could dwindle by March 14.
"But even if the swans have moved through Utah by then," he says, "there will still be lots of other waterfowl and birds to enjoy viewing."
If you have questions about Tundra Swan Day, call the DWR's Northern Region office at 801-476-2740. You can also download a free fact sheet about tundra swans.
Seeing swans on your own
If you can't attend the March 14 event, you can still see swans, but you need to visit the marshes soon. "The swan migration usually peaks in mid-March," Douglass says, "but not this year. Swans are flying through the marshes right now. If you'd like to see the birds, I'd encourage you to visit the marshes as soon as you can."
Douglass says the Salt Creek WMA is one of the best places in Utah to get a close look at swans. The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge west of Brigham City is another great place to see and hear hundreds of swans.
"If you visit Salt Creek, though, the swans will usually be closer to you," Douglass says.