Outdoor calendar - December 5

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December 5, 2012
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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 “Accipiters, Aces of the Forest.” Sharpies! Coops! Goshawks! Utah is home to these three types of accipiters, also known as the true hawks. Meet the Ogden Nature Center’s own goshawk and discover how accipiters survive in forests.

Dec. 12: “Snugglers, Sleepers and Snoozers.” What do animals do when the days get shorter, the weather gets colder, and the snow begins to fly? Some very special animals snuggle in for the winter and snooze for days, weeks, and even months at a time. Come learn about these amazing animals with one of the Ogden Nature Center’s teacher/naturalists.

Dec. 19: “Snow! Snow! Snow!” How many words can you use to describe snow? Discover how animals use snow to travel, build homes, and even hide from predators. Don’t forget your hats, gloves, and snow boots.

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. $30 members/$35 non-members. Ages 8 and up. Join teacher/naturalist Cheyenne Herland for a fun and informative class that will have each participant creating hand-formed wreaths to decorate their home for the holiday season. You bring the laughter, we’ll supply the rest, including a history of wreaths and other botanical holiday decor. Space is limited. Please RSVP by 4 p.m. Friday to 801-621-7595.

Soda Can Jewelry Workshop: 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 12. $10 members/$12 non-members. All ages welcome. Up-cycle soda cans to make beautiful jewelry. Create a pair of earrings to take home and learn the patterns for making many more on your own. All materials will be provided. This fun jewelry makes wonderful holiday gifts. Please RSVP by 4 p.m. Dec. 11 to 801-621-7595.

Preschool Discovery Days — Plants and Animals Prepare for Winter: Choose a date and time: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday or Dec. 10. $5 per child/parent members; $6 per child/parent non-members. General admission rates apply to all other family members. Group/preschool registration (five or more students) — $5 per child/parent. Teachers and classroom aids are free. A 50 percent non-refundable deposit is required. Pre-registration required. Call 801-621-7595 to register. Ages 3-5. Migrate through nature in autumn and find out how your feathered friends generate energy during the cold winter months. Visit the bear den and get a feel for hibernation. Discover seed dormancy and why trees shed their leaves.

Scout Saturdays: Dec. 15. 9 a.m. — Native vs. Invasive; 10 a.m. — Conservation; 11 a.m. — Venomous Reptiles. $5 per scout. The Ogden Nature Center provides the perfect outdoor classroom for scout activities. Have an ONC teacher/naturalist help your scout pass off merit badge requirements during these 45-minute classes. Reservations and a non-refundable deposit are required. For more information on the requirements for each badge please refer to the website: www.ogdennaturecenter.org/education/scouting-programs.


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


Ogden Overlook Snowshoe: Dec. 29. This is six miles round-trip, about 3.5 hours, and moderate intensity. This route is a favorite of the local snow enthusiasts. We will have great views of Sardine Peak, Ogden City, The Great Salt Lake, and Cold Water Canyon. Call Larry at 801-690-4335 for more information.


Bird Walks: Today at Pineview Reservoir area. Meet at Dylan’s (12th and Monroe, Ogden) for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. or in the Smith’s parking lot (12th and Harrison) at 9:15 a.m. to carpool. We’ll decide the birding location(s) that morning.

Dec. 12: Riverdale Parkway. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at McDonald’s (900 W. Riverdale Road) for breakfast or at the trailhead parking lot (from Riverdale Road, north on 700 West for two blocks, right on 4300 South, then right on 600 West) at 9 a.m.

Dec. 26: Mantua Reservoir area. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at McDonald’s (1838 W. 2700 North, Farr West, just east of 1-15 exit 349) for breakfast or at 9 a.m. to carpool. Depending on weather conditions, the location may change.

Christmas Bird Counts: 7:30 a.m. Dec. 15 in the Ogden area. Meet at Denny’s Restaurant (21st Street to 1100 West, on north side by Flying J/Conoco Plaza) for breakfast and to get your assignment. Potluck dinner at 6 p.m. at UCC Church (3350 S. Harrison Blvd., Ogden) for compilation of data. Bring table service and a dish to share.

Dec. 19: Bear River Refuge. Meet at 8 a.m. at McDonald’s (1838 W. 2700 North, Farr West, just east of 1-15 exit 349) for breakfast or at 8:30 a.m. to carpool.

Dec. 28: Morgan County. Meet at Utah DWR office (515 E. 5300 South, South Ogden) at 7:30 a.m. to carpool for breakfast at Spring Chicken Inn in Morgan, or meet at the Inn at 8 a.m.

WAS Meeting: 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. Mark Elzey, a local teacher and member of our group is a long-time adventurer of scenic and wild western settings. He has shared many of his experiences with us in the past, giving us the opportunity to enjoy the outings vicariously. His program for December is “Ogden — Recreational Hub of the West.”


Kayak roll session: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13 at Weber State Swimming Pool. $8 with own equipment/$20 equipment included. Ages 16 and up. No prior experience necessary, but swimming proficiency required. Come join the experienced team from Rapid Progression Kayak School as they provide some great instruction on how to roll. ACA-certified instructors. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance. Please call 801-626-6373 or stop by to register.

Ski & Snowboard Tuning/Waxing Basics Clinic: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20. at Outdoor Program, 4022 Taylor Ave., Ogden. $15 WSU students, $20 non-students.


The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Northern Regional Advisory Council will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Brigham City Community Center, 24 N. 300 West, Brigham City. The council will discuss rules that guide how falcons are used to hunt wild game in Utah. You can review all of the DWR’s falconry ideas for 2013 at www.wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings/info/2012-12_rac_packet.pdf.


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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.