Outdoor Calendar - April 3

Story by Standard-Examiner staff
April 2, 2013
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The Ogden Nature Center is located at 966 W. 12th St. in Ogden. For more information, please visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org or call 801-621-7595.

Wild Wednesdays: Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. Free for ONC members/$2 children/$3 seniors/$4 adults. Meet in the visitor center. All ages welcome Today’s topic is “Signs of Spring.” Spring has arrived at the Ogden Nature Center. Help us bring in the new season. Come learn how animals and plants adapt to warmer temperatures and longer days. We’ll hit the trails and look for signs of spring. Be prepared to hear chorus frogs and keep an eye out for migrating birds.

April 10: “Nests and Nooks.” Birds make their homes high and low, in nests, in holes or on rocks. Explore the handiwork of nature’s feathered architects.

April 17: “Colorful Confusion.” Monarchs are orange, scrub jays are blue, black and white skunks have a message for you. Find out the many different ways that critters use color in nature.

Preschool Discovery Days — Roots, Shoots, Springs and Sprouts: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Thursday or Friday. $5 members/$6 non-members/$5 per child for preschool groups over five. Whether green and growing, newly hatched, or shaky legs upon hooves setting out for the first time, appreciate your own growth and development in the mirror of nature. Call 801-621-7595 for more information or to reserve your spot today. Space is limited.

Earth Day Poster Contest Call for Entries: Entries due by 4 p.m. Saturday. Awards presentation on Earth Day, April 20 at 11 a.m. in the L.S. Peery Education Building. There is no fee to enter. Posters musts be 9” x 12” using the theme, “I Enjoy Nature By......” Please do not glue anything on to your project. Entries must include the following information on the back: Name (first and last), school, grade (K-6 only), teacher, home phone, and project title. Posters will be on display April 20 through May 31. Entries will not be returned, but may be picked up June 3 through June 7. After June 7 contest entries become the property of the center. Prizes will be awarded to three winners in each grade, with one grand prize winner per grade. The winners will be invited to the awards program on Earth Day.

Earth Day Celebration: Noon-4 p.m. April 20. $2 per person/donations gratefully accepted. Enjoy earth-friendly exhibitors, entertainment, food, nature crafts, and fun activities. Local beekeepers, urban gardeners, sheep shearing, and wool spinning will all be part of the many attractions. Tour green buildings, explore the trails and learn what you can do to improve the health of the planet.


 Wednesday Night Hikes: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday nights throughout the month. Locations vary. Refer to www.meetup.com/webercountyoutdoors or email wasatchhikers@gmail.com for more info.


 Unicorn Point — Antelope Island South Trail Hike: Saturday. Join us for a long, easy hike (about 10 miles round trip) to Unicorn Point on the southern tip of Antelope Island, which is home to a variety of flora and fauna native to the Great Basin region. This is a great place to view wildlife. Most likely we will see bison, antelope, perhaps a coyote or two and some mule deer. Call Joanie for more information at 801-399-0034.

Mueller Park Hike: April 16th. This hike is six miles round trip and approximately three to four hours. We will hike across a clear area where the Kern Creek pipeline crosses the canyon causing a scar on the landscape, and then to a rock called “Elephant Head” where we will turn around. Call Larry at 801-690-4335 for meeting place and time.

Ogden River Clean Up — Big D Sports Park: April 20. If you enjoy the Ogden River Parkway, join us for a Saturday morning to help clean this place up. A lot of garbage has accumulated over the winter months. Wear some old, grubby clothing, sturdy shoes and gloves. You will get dirty and maybe a little bit wet. We will finish around noon. Please call Ranee for complete details at 801-985-0158.


 Bird Walks: Today at Riverdale Parkway. Meet at McDonalds (900 West and Riverdale Rd) at 8 a.m. for breakfast or at trailhead parking lot (From Riverdale Rd, north on 900 West to 4400 South then left to Parker Drive, right on Parker Drive just past Riverside Storage on right) at 8:30 a.m.

April 10: Willard Bay. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at McDonald’s (1838 W. 2700 North, just east of Exit 349 on I-15) for breakfast or at 8:30 a.m. to carpool. This is a fee area.

April 11: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Meet in the refuge Education Center parking lot at 5:30 p.m. We’ll check the center trail, then head out to the loop and bird until sunset. The trip should take about 90 minutes with an opportunity to socialize afterward. Some walking on flat trails. No dogs or children under 12.

April 17: Two Rivers Trail. Meet at 8 a.m. at Denny’s restaurant for breakfast (North on 1100 West from 21st Street, in the Flying J Plaza on your left) or meet there at 9 a.m. for carpooling.

WAS Meeting: 7 p.m. April 16 at Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. Paul Higgins, renowned local photographer, will share his passion for birds through photos taken during his many forays into various habitat types, including backyards.

Field Trip: 5:30 a.m. April 20. Leks and Loons by Les: Meet at DWR Office (515 E. 5300 South, Ogden) This is our annual trip to the greater sage grouse Lek. We’ll also look for loons on East Canyon Reservoir. A rest stop at East Canyon State Park will be to our advantage. We’ll finish the trip with brunch at Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn in Morgan. This is a fee area.

Utah Audubon Council Meeting: 8 a.m. April 27 at Great Salt Lake Nature Center. Birding from 8-9 a.m. Will be followed by the business meeting. Lunch and refreshments will be provided by the host chapter, Great Salt Lake Audubon. The business meeting continues after lunch with more birding at the end of the day. Everyone is invited, but RSVP to John Bellmon 801-444-3704.


Sixth Annual Ogden Climbing Festival: April 10-14. Pre-festival kickoff events, free gear demo, bouldering competition, free BBQ, free climbing clinics, keynote presentation by climber Hayden Kennedy, after party, and annual boulder field cleanup. Call 801-626-6373 for details.

AMGA single-pitch instructor certification course: April 25-27. $350 WSU, $450 non-WSU. The program is for current, active rock climbers that have a real desire to teach the rock climbing to novices in a single-pitch setting. Candidates should be passionate rock climbers that have their own equipment, regularly climb and have been rock climbing outdoors for at least 12 months. Call for more information.


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The Ogden Nature Center is located at 966 W. 12th St. in Ogden. For more information, visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org or call 801-621-7595.