Here in Washington County, at the confluence of three ecosystems – the Mojave and Great Basin deserts and the Colorado Plateau – we are in the perfect place for celebrating the 13th Annual St. George Winter Bird Festival on the weekend of January 28-30. Southwestern Utah’s habitat – ranging from desert and forest to riparian – have been known to attract as many as 375 bird species in a year, including raptors which find this region much to their liking in the winter months; and, waterfowl enjoying our lakes and reservoirs while migrating to warmer temperatures.
The St. George Winter Bird Festival, hosted by the Red Cliffs Audubon Society, attracts beginners and longtime birders for 3-days of presentations, workshops and more than a dozen field-trips. There will also be an all-images photo competition (Click here for more information), an art contest open to all 4-5th grade students in the Washington County School District; and a banquet and silent auction, with items up for bid, such as local historical literature, jewelry, artwork and much more!
If your time permits, birders visiting in Southern Utah are likely to enjoy a run up to Zion National Park – an easy 45 minutes from downtown St. George – where you might see Peregrine falcon, the California condor and the bald eagle in this place of protection and sanctuary. A little further north of St. George is Bryce Canyon National Park, where an estimated 175 different species of birds have been documented. While visiting in any national park, ask at the front desk for brochures about birding within their borders.
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