BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of bald eagles and two recently hatched eaglets will be available next Thursday and Saturday, June 13 and June 15, for a free viewing event.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will host the field trips on both days, leaving the Department of Natural Resources building in Salt Lake City each day at 6 p.m.
The building is located at 1594 W. North Temple.
Bob Walters, watchable wildlife coordinator for the division, said in a press release that there will be spotting scopes and binoculars available; however, they should bring their own if they have any. He also said people should “dress for warm weather, and make sure to bring water, mosquito spray and sunscreen.”
The eaglets, which will be about nine weeks old by the time the trip occurs, will be fun to watch, said Walters. They will be attempting to make their first flights during that time. The eaglets will be “dancing on the next, beating their wings and making short ‘touch and go’ flights between their nests and branches,” he said. “All of these antics are part of the build up to that moment of first flight.”
Bald Eagles are known to nest at the same site every year, said Walters. Typically, the same pair of adult eagles are present for the nesting; however, since the pair didn’t produce any eaglets in 2009 or 2010, one of the eagles may be different.
Biologists know of at least 10 other active nests across Northern Utah. Since then, a total of 38 eaglets have been raised at the nest site.
“Habitat within the Great Salt Lake area is important to these eagles and many other
Those who attend will meet Walters at the natural resources building, and then follow him to the viewing site, located at the southeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake.
People will be allowed to leave at any time during the event.
The field trips are free to attend, but reservations are required. To reserve a spot, call Walters at 801-209-5326.