Free viewing tournament takes position on July 14, 2018.
DUTCH JOHN — Take benefit of your summer season travels and are available see ospreys, within the air and on most sensible in their large nests, at the once a year Flaming Gorge Osprey Watch.
The unfastened tournament might be held July 14 subsequent to the parking zone at the Flaming Gorge Dam customer heart. The customer heart is in Dutch John, at the south finish of Flaming Gorge Reservoir in northeastern Utah.
Viewing runs from nine a.m. to midday.
“The birds are super active this time of year, especially during the morning hours,” says Tonya Kieffer, regional conservation outreach supervisor for the Division of Wildlife Resources. “In the afternoon, the temperature climbs, the wind starts to blow, and the birds become less active.”
Kieffer says the Osprey Watch is a amusing tournament for the entire circle of relatives. And it is completely unfastened. “While you’re at the event,” she says, “you may also want to take the Flaming Gorge Dam tour. If you take the tour, you might see some of the large rainbow trout that osprey love to dine on.”
Spotting scopes might be set as much as fortify your viewing revel in, and biologists might be to be had to show you extra concerning the lifestyles historical past of those atypical fish-eating birds. “If you’re lucky,” Kieffer says, “you might be watching right at the moment an osprey decides to dive feet first into the nearby water, only to emerge with a fish in its powerful talons. After capturing the fish, it will carry the fish back to its perch or nest and share it with its mate and young. You’ll also hear the ospreys’ shrieking calls as they fly all around us.”
In addition to ospreys, Kieffer says different birds of prey, together with golden eagles, turkey vultures and American kestrels, are ceaselessly noticed at the once a year tournament.
She says osprey are reasonably simple to identify alongside any river, pond, reservoir or different frame of water that incorporates an ample provide of fish. “They have a distinct white head and a brown stripe that runs through their bright, yellow eye,” she says. “These characteristics make osprey easy to identify.”
Kieffer says osprey are the one hawk in North America that eats a nutrition that is nearly completely fish. “They catch a fish one out of every four times they dive,” she says. “That’s a great success rate.”
Osprey can log greater than 160,00zero migratory miles of their 10- to 15-year lifestyles span. And Flaming Gorge attracts them like a magnet. “The largest breeding osprey colony in Utah, and one of the largest osprey populations in the interior part of the western United States, is found at the reservoir,” she says.
Kieffer says osprey go back to Flaming Gorge yearly to reproduce and lift their younger. “A breeding pair will build on the same nest year after year,” she says, “so a nest that’s 10 feet tall is a fairly common sight at the Gorge. We’ll aim spotting scopes at a couple of the nests so you can see the females and their young.”
For additional information, name Kieffer at the DWR’s Northeastern Region place of job. The quantity is 435-781-9453.