STUDYING BIRDS IN THE ALTA SKI AREA
In partnership with Friends of Alta and Alta Environmental Center, Tracy Aviary is working on several bird monitoring projects at Alta, UT. We offer multiple opportunities throughout the year for members of the public to see birds of Alta up-close on bird walks, nest box checks, monitoring surveys, and through ski events (yes—you can bird while on skis). Check out some upcoming events:
Alta Nest Box Monitoring Project
Tracy Aviary biologists work alongside community scientists (volunteers) to study nesting owls and songbirds in the Alta Ski Area. This project involves walking to nest boxes posted along ski runs and hiking paths to check them for nests and chicks! Come once or come several times to learn how songbirds and owls are studied. Also, we share on how nesting birds can inform conservation efforts in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
No previous birding experience is necessary to join us. This project runs from March-July.
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We are looking for volunteers to help us prepare nest boxes for the next nesting season!
Friday, October 4 at 12pm-5pm
Friday, October 11 at 12pm-5pm
Volunteers will help Tracy Aviary biologists bring down nest boxes from trees, clean out old nests, and replace old materials with fresh wood chips. We will assign tasks according to ability and comfort level. Carpooling options are available.
Alta Bird Walks
Monday, November 11 at 8am-12pm
Join Tracy Aviary and the Alta Environmental Center in studying resident birds of Little Cottonwood Canyon. These are birds that do not come to the canyon exclusively to breed, nest, and raise chicks. Unlike birds that move from one place to another between a breeding and a non-breeding season, these birds are able to find the resources they need to survive in the mountains throughout the entire year. On these walks, you will join state experts in Utah birds to listen for and look for resident birds.