BOUNTIFUL -- The sixth annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival will be held May 14-15 at The Davis County Fair Park.
Workshops, booths and food are among the planned activities. In addition, the Tracy Aviary and Hawk Watch International will give presentations with live birds.
The annual event is aimed at educating the public on birds of the Great Salt Lake and surrounding areas, and guided tours will be provided to see the birds.
Bus, van, car and boat tours will be given at Antelope Island, the Bear River Migratory Refuge, the Gillmor Sanctuary, the Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve and the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area.
"The birds and habitat in Utah rank equally to great birding areas around the world," said committee member and trip leader Don Paul.
This year's keynote speaker is John Acorn, the "Nature Nut" on the Canadian Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and National Geographic.
"This is his first speaking trip to Utah, so we are really excited to have him associated with the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival," said Neka Roundy, Davis County tourism coordinator and chair of the festival.
"He will also provide programs for students, their parents, and a field trip nature walk to the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve."
The events at the fairgrounds will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on May 14 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 15. The workshops, exhibits and presentations are free to the public. For more information call Davis County Tourism at 451-3286.