Outdoor calendar - February 6

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February 6, 2013
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OGDEN NATURE CENTER

Wild Wednesdays: Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. Free for ONC members/$2 children/$3 seniors/$4 adults. All ages welcome. Meet in the visitor center. Today’s topic is “Oh Deer!” Large ears that never stop moving. Antlers that grow back every year. The ability to run at speeds over 45 miles per hour. What is it? Mule deer. Join us for a special program about one our favorite and most fascinating mammals that call Utah and the Ogden Nature Center home. Join an Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalist as we search for live deer, and play a fun and educational game all about this antlered animal.

Feb. 13: “Wild Romance: A Special Valentines Day Program.” Have you ever wondered if animals flirt with one another? Come find out during our special Valentine’s Day program. Meet some of the Ogden Nature Center’s resident birds and reptiles and discover the unique ways these animals attract a partner. Then help us make nature themed valentines for the birds.

Feb. 20: “Stinky Tales — Badgers, Otters, & Ferrets — Oh My!” Investigate the smelly world of mustelids. Explore a local endangered mustelid and find out why the skunk, although smelly, doesn’t fit in this group anymore.

Feb. 27: “Crazy and Curious Corvids.” Join an Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalist for a Wild Wednesday program focused on some of the smartest groups of birds in our world — the corvids. Listen to a true tale about a special raven and then meet the Ogden Nature Center’s most curious and playful raven, Cronk.

Nature is for Lovers: 7-9 p.m. Friday. $30 members/$35 non-members. Ages 21 and older only. Come to the Ogden Nature Center for an evening of wine and desserts and learn about love, wildlife style. Play a fun couples guessing game about animal and plant mating rituals, meet one of February’s feathered lovers and take an optional romantic night walk around the trails. Space is limited and spots fill up quickly. Pre-registration is required to 801-621-7595. RSVP by 4 p.m. Thursday.

Preschool Discovery Days — Frozen Landscapes: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Feb. 19. $5 per child/parent member, $6 per child/parent non-members. Ages 3-5. Discover the complicated patterns of crystals and snow flakes, enjoy cocoa, songs and fun. Make a salt crystal snowflake to take home. Learn about the creature comforts of the plants and animals of the Nature Center’s frozen landscape. Programs are one hour. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Call 801-621-7595 to register and for details.

Scout Saturdays: 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 19. Fulfill merit badge requirements for Native vs. Invasive, Conservation, and Venomous Reptiles. $5 per scout. Have our teacher/naturalists help your scout pass off badge requirements during one of our 45-minute workshops. Reservations and a non-refundable deposit required. Call 801-621-7595.

2013 Ogden Seed Exchange: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 23. Mini-workshop on starting seeds and soil improvement at 10 a.m., seed swap 11 a.m.-1 p.m. In the L.S. Peery Education Building at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. No admission fee, but donations to Ogden Nature Center gratefully accepted. Bring open pollinated and/or heirloom seeds to trade or sell. Be sure to bring envelopes or baggies for your trades or purchases. Questions? Call Dave Wolfgram at 801-391-5464 or Gregg Batt at 801-732-0181.

WEBER PATHWAYS

Wednesday Night Hikes/Snowshoes: 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.

Weekend Snowshoe: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at North Fork Park south entrance. Come on out for a morning of snowshoes and winter fun at North Fork Park. The perfect way to spend the best part of your weekend. Snowshoe about 1.5 hours, eat lunch, then snowshoe back to the trailhead for another 1.5 hours. No dogs. Bring a sack lunch to eat on the trail. Contact Craig and Connie Allen at 801-388-1175 or 801-388-2389, or email allenceco@msn.com. Trail fee is $5 for individuals or $10 per family.

Coldwater Crucible Nordic Ski Race: 9-11 a.m. Feb. 16 at Ogden Nordic Center. All races are mass start, classic or skate technique. 100 percent of the $10 fee goes to grooming. Register at the event or online for races and clinics at www.ogdennordic.com.

Moonlight Glide: 7-9 p.m. Feb. 22 at North Fork Park. The Moonlight Glides are moonlit social events with skiing, food, bonfires, and company. Register the day of the event or online for races and clinics at www.ogdennordic.com.

OGDEN SIERRA CLUB

Mardi Gras Party: Saturday at North Fork Park. All ages are welcome. Prizes awarded for the best coat or covering. Get creative with the winter wear, add sparkle, feathers, even old Christmas decorations. We will snowshoe/cross-country ski through North Fork Park to the environmental center and back to the bowery for some unhealthy snacks. Call Joanie at 801-399-0034 for details.

Snowshoe in Yellow Pine/Uintas: Feb. 16. This is approximately six miles round-trip, about 3.5 hours, and moderate to strenuous intensity. The trail head is six miles east of Kamas. The trail meanders through an open area before turning into a forested canyon. It is often used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Call Larry at 801-690-4335 for more information.

WASATCH AUDUBON

Bird Walks: Today at West Haven Hiking and Biking Trail. Meet at Denny’s Restaurant (North on 1100 West from 21st Street in the Flying J Plaza) for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. or at 9:30 a.m. on the frontage road in front of Stevens-Henager College to start walk.

Feb. 13: Riverdale Trail (South). Meet at McDonald’s (Riverdale Road and 900 West) at 8:30 a.m.for breakfast or at 9 a.m. at the trailhead parking lot (from Riverdale Road, turn south on 700 West for one block, then left on 4600 South to the lot on the right at the end of the road).

Feb. 14: 5:15 p.m. at Dale Young Nature Park in Perry. Bring your sweetie and meet on the east side of the Wal-Mart parking lot in Brigham City. From there we will caravan to the park. The walk should take about an hour. The trail is flat, but not paved in all sections. No dogs or children under 12.

Feb. 20: Fort Buenaventura. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at McDonald’s (Riverdale Road and 900 West) for breakfast or at 9:15 a.m. at the parking lot entrance to the Fort at 2450 A Ave. From I-15, head east on 24th Street to A Avenue and then turn south at the sign for the Fort.

Feb. 27: Mantua Reservoir area. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at McDonald’s (1838 W. 2700 North, Farr West, just east of I-15 exit 349) for breakfast or at 9 a.m. to carpool. Depending on the weather, we may change the location.

WAS Meeting: 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. The program will be “Utah Rocks! Fossils and Minerals, too!” with Kyle Tumpane, geologist at Terra Tek.

Bald Eagle Count: 9 a.m. Feb. 23. For an exciting outdoor adventure, join us for the annual Bald Eagle Count. This is a great opportunity to see bald eagles, golden eagles and turkeys. Meet at the DWR office (515 E. 5300 South, Ogden) at 9 a.m. We will stop at Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn for breakfast. We make a rest stop at East Canyon State Park, a fee area. The trip usually lasts until 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. We also will be making a rest stop at Grump’s Store in Henefer if they are still open.

MISCELLANEOUS

Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Wattis-Dumke Room on the second floor of Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden. Guests are always welcome to our meetings. Join the club, enjoy the fun field trips, and start a new rock hobby. Questions? Call 801-648-5060, email club@goldenspikegem.org, or visit www.goldenspikegem.org.

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OGDEN NATURE CENTER

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.

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