The Buffalo Duathlon is set for the island Saturday, April 14.This will be a 20K bike and 5K running event. Some 300 participants are anticipated. The island served as the site of the event's U.S. National Time Trial Championships in June of 2005.
Springtime at the Ranch is set for the next weekend, April 21, at the Fielding Garr Ranch. There will also be a junior ranger program that day, as well as a star party at 8 p.m. at White Rock Bay.
April 28 will see an open access event, all day, allowing visitors into much of the island's back country. That same day, an Ogden One Cycling event is planned along with a lecture on the history of sheep ranching, and an owling program at 6 p.m.
May has a full slate of activities, as well, including a Buffalo Stampede Bike Race May 5, and the island will serve as a venue for the Century bicycle ride the week of May 13-20. In addition, the ninth annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, May 17-22, will have many of its events on the island. Other events that month include weekend activities tied to Memorial Day, including a Machinery of the Past lecture, hike and Buffalo Chip Toss.
The Utah Antique Farm Machinery Association will bring its wares to the island June 22-24, he notes.
"The last Friday in June (June 29) we'll have the Full Moon Bike Ride, set to the theme 'Let and Let Live,' based on the James Bond 007 movie," Taylor said. About 900 participated last year.
"Then there will be the balloon festival in the fall," he said, referring to the second annual Antelope Island Balloon Stampede, sponsored by the Davis Chamber of Commerce.
"Wildlife has been very visible this year," Taylor said. "Almost every day we have been able to see the bison, antelope, coyotes, and rabbits galore.
"The birds are also coming back," he said, including the curlews. "There are a lot of shore birds," Taylor said.
"I understand the bison are calving right now, and antelope will be lambing," he said.
"We've had a lot of Scout groups coming out. The beauty of this year is that we have had great weather on the weekends, storms in the middle of the week.
"It has been just wonderful for people to come up. It was the opposite last year. That's made a big difference in the number of people visiting," the veteran park manager, who has been at Antelope Island for five years, said.
The island also features other events from kayaking to dinner cruises on the Great Salt Lake, as well as wildlife safaris, horseback riding to under-the-stars steak dinners.
For more information call the island at 550-6165 or 721-9569, or visit the Web at www.