(KUTV) — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is positioning February as Bald Eagle Month.
The state agency says February is the perfect time to view bald eagles in Utah. The agency says on its website:
Bald eagles fly to Utah in the winter to find food and escape colder conditions farther north. By the time February arrives, hundreds of eagles are in the state.
Matt Bartley, DWR wildlife recreation coordinator, says spotting scopes are available at each viewing site. He is quoted as saying on the website:
If you have any challenges spotting the eagles. Our biologists and volunteers will help you find them. We'd also be happy to answer any questions you have.
Bald Eagle viewings are at various locations during the following days and times:
Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, near the refuge headquarters in Randlett at 19001 E. Wildlife Refuge Road, 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
Rush Lake Ranch, 9600 North on the Minersville Highway (state Route-130). The ranch is about 12 miles north of Cedar City. Viewing takes place from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area (Compton's Knoll), located about 10 miles northwest of Corinne. Viewing takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, located on the west side of Farmington at 1325 W. Glovers Lane (925 South). Viewing on Feb. 9 takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition to seeing a wide variety of birds, you can enjoy special activities at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center that day. The center is on the north side of the WMA at 1157 S. Waterfowl Way.
Fountain Green State Fish Hatchery, located east of Nephi. Viewing on Feb. 9 takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free tours of the Fountain Green State Fish Hatchery is also going to be offered.
It is advised that participants dress in warm clothes and bring waterproof boots. Also, bring a telephoto lens if you want to take photos of the eagles, DWR said.