See Hundreds of Tundra Swans in Utah
Seeing and hearing just one tundra swan is enough to take your breath away.
Photo by Phil Douglass
Imagine seeing and hearing hundreds of them.
You can at Tundra Swan Day.
Tundra Swan Day, March 10
The Division of Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host Utah's annual Tundra Swan Day on March 10. Admission is free.
Viewing will take place at three sites—the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area west of Farmington, the Salt Creek WMA west of Corinne and the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge west of Brigham City.
Farmington Bay and Salt Creek
Viewing at the Farmington Bay and Salt Creek WMAs runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Spotting scopes will be available so you can get a close look at the swans.
Viewing at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge runs from sunrise to sunset. You can watch swans from your vehicle as you drive along the refuge's auto tour route.
Before heading to the refuge, stop by its Wildlife Education Center at 2155 W. Forest St. in Brigham City. The center has maps and more information about the refuge. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays,
To reach the center, exit Interstate 15 at Exit 363. After you've exited the freeway, turn west. The center is about one block west of the freeway.
For more information about Tundra Swan Day, call the DWR's Northern Region office at 801-476-2740 or the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge at 435-723-5887.
Phil Douglass, the DWR regional conservation outreach manager who started Tundra Swan Day, has also written about a swan viewing experience he and his daughter enjoyed during Thanksgiving a few years ago.
You can read about their experience on the wildlife blog on the Division's website.
Watching swans on your own
If you can't attend the March 10 event, you can still get out and watch swans on your own.
The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is one of the best places to visit. You can see hundreds of swans along the refuge's 12-mile auto tour loop.
As many as 35,000 swans are in Utah when the swan migration peaks in mid-March.