Bald eagles make their way to Utah, DWR has four events to see them

Jan 6, 2023, 12:00 PM | Updated: 12:08 pm
As bald eagles make their way to Utah, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has four events for ...
As bald eagles make their way to Utah, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has four events for you to see and learn more about the bird. Photo: Division of Wildlife Resources

SALT LAKE CITY — If you’ve ever wanted to see one of America’s most beloved birds, the bald eagle, you don’t have to wait too much longer. 

According to Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources, DWR, February is the best time of the year to see the majestic bird. That said, they can be seen throughout southern Utah in January as well. 

During the winter, bald eagles escape colder conditions farther north by flying to Utah to find food. By the time February comes around, hundreds of eagles are in the state. 

In order to ensure people get a chance to see the birds, DWR is holding four viewing events around the state in Jan. and Feb. In addition to seeing them, viewers can also learn more about the bird. 

The first event is taking place on Jan. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon at Rush Lake Ranch, located about 12 miles north of Cedar City.

Another opportunity to view bald eagles is on Feb, 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fountain Green State Fish Hatchery. The hatchery is located at 1450 W. 24950 N. in Fountain Green. At this location, up to 50 bald eagles have been spotted in past years. 

The third event DWR is holding will be on Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. The headquarters are located at 19001 E. Wildlife Refuge Road in Randlett, Uintah County. 

Lastly, on Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the DWR’s George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Wildlife Education Center will hold an event to see and learn about the bird. 

What to bring

At all events, DWR staff will be available to answer questions and provide directions to see bald eagles. Furthermore, spotting scopes are provided by DWR at all four events. However, it’s encouraged to bring your own pair if you can. 

Each event is free to the public, visitors are encouraged to register in advance, here

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