BY TOM BUSSELBERG
LAYTON — The store may have a new name and location, but it’s still owned and operated by some of the county’s most knowledgeable bird experts.
Wild About Birds Nature Center is holding its opening celebration on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the southeast corner of Antelope Drive and Hill Field Road in Layton.
Hawk Watch International, Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge will be on hand at the open house.
In addition, the Wasatch and Great Salt Lake Audubon Society chapters will have booths, as will the Ogden Nature Center. Refreshments will be served.
Billy Fenimore will manage the store started 11 years ago by his father, Bill, who will also be heavily involved. Billy Fenimore has managed the store for five years and shares his dad’s love for nature and birds, Bill Fenimore said.
“If you want to get your children and family in touch with nature, put a bird feeder or bird bath in your backyard, and watch nature come,” Bill Fenimore advised.
For example, a customer bought and installed an owl nesting box in his yard and within four days the first owl arrived, Fenimore said.
The store has displays of bird products and books. It also sells feeds, some of which are suited to grassy areas that are non-sprouting.
Bill Fenimore is the author of 15 books on birding in different states. His Utah edition has been so popular, no copies are currently available. Fenimore has been appointed to the Governor’s Outdoor Vision for Utah task force, which is charged with trying to attract related businesses to the state while promoting a positive outdoor recreation image. He is also a member of the state Natural Resources Task Force.
In addition, Fenimore gives lectures and leads bird walks on Antelope Island and elsewhere. Birders come from all across the U.S. and internationally to Deseret Ranch, where Fenimore also provides guided trips.
“It’s wonderful to see the joy people get out of these magnificent birds,” he said.
For more information, call 801-779-BIRD.