Outdoor calendar - January 2

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January 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 3:30 p.m. Free for ONC members/$2 children/$3 seniors / $4 adults. Meet in the visitor center. Today’s topic is “Hibernation — Bedtime Stories Are For The Bears.” Find out what animals are true hibernators in winter and summer and who sleeps under the ice.

Jan. 9: “Snow Tracks – What’s the Trick to Tracking?” Explore the trails with an Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalist as you identify local animal species and solve print puzzles in the snow. Dress for the weather.

Jan. 16: “The Bear Facts – Big, Hairy and a Little Scary!” Explore the wonderful world of bears with an Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalist. Investigate the lives of black bears, grizzly bears and their polar bear cousins to the North.

Jan. 23: “Good Night, Sleep Tight.” Are you a night owl or the early bird that gets the worm? Find out what adaptations make critters nocturnal, diurnal or crepuscular. Test your detective skills in a Whooo’s Awake Challenge.

Jan. 30: “Exciting Eagles.” Join Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalists for special appearances by Sundance, the Golden Eagle and Des Ta Te, the Bald Eagle. These two eagles will be on hand to help teach about eagle ecology. Learn why we must protect these special birds and their important place in the history of our country.

Preschool Discovery Days — Frozen Landscapes: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday or Jan. 7. $5 per child/parent members, $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. Please call 801-621-7595 to register and for details. Limited space available.

Winter Photography Class: 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 8. $5 members / $7 non-members. Ages 12 and up. Join photographer and instructor Shaun Nelson for a class on how to take nature photographs in winter. Pre-registration is required. Call 801-621-7595 to register. Registration closes at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 7.

Picture-Perfect Winter Photo Contest: Winter is a terrific time to capture the wonders of Ogden Nature Center, so grab your camera and enter the Center’s second annual “Picture Perfect Winter Photo Contest.” Photos must be shot at Ogden Nature Center between Jan. 2 and Jan. 31, 2013, during regular center hours. Entries must be in one of two categories: General nature shots, which includes wild animals; or resident animals, which encompasses the center’s caged educational animals and two resident wild turkeys. Entrants may enter only one photo in each category for their age group. Photos submitted for judging must be no larger than 8x10 inches and must be mounted on cardboard or foam board. Please no frames or glass. Include the entrant’s full name, age, telephone number, e-mail address, street address and entry category on the back. Ages 8 to adult. $5 per entry.

Scout Saturdays: 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 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. Please call 801-621-7595.

Kundalini Yoga 8 Week Session: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 21-March 11. $45 members, $55 non-members. This Kundalini yoga class is an 8-week series ideal for beginners or for those that want a gentle Kundalini practice. Please bring your own yoga mat and blanket. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. It is suggested that you do not eat for at least two hours prior to the class. Taught by Bruce Fisk, certified yoga instructor. Please call to pre-register at 801-621-7595.

Winter Wonders: Snowshoe Photo Scavenger Hunt & Birdfeeder Craft: 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 26. $3 members / $6 non-members. All ages welcome. Discover the details of winter during this fun photo scavenger hunt. Snowshoe or walk the Ogden Nature Center trails while searching for a list of things you might have otherwise overlooked. We won’t be collecting objects during this hunt — bring a digital camera or a phone camera to capture your discoveries. Once you have observed all the items listed, return to the education building and share your findings. If you locate everything, your reward will be to make your own winter birdfeeder to take home and attract birds to your yard.


 Wednesday Night Hikes/Snowshoes: 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.

Winter Trails Day: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 12 at North Fork Park. Join Weber Pathways and Ogden Nordic for a day of play in the snow. Demo gear from Weber State Outdoor Program and Ogden Nordic. Demos are free, but there is a $5 fee to help maintain trails in the park. For more information, call 801-393-2304.

Moonlight Glide: 7-10 p.m. Jan. 25 at North Fork Park. The Moonlight Glides are social events with skiing, food, bonfires and good company.


Green Pond X-Ski/Snowshoe: 10 a.m. Sunday. We will take the Green Pond trail loop (about eight miles) starting at the trailhead near Snowbasin Road. Bring water, a lunch and snowshoe stories to share with the group. Contact Joanie for more information at 801-399-0034.

Cross-Country Skiing: 10 a.m. Jan. 13 at North Fork Park. North Fork is the premier cross country skiing destination in Northern Utah. There are 20 kilometers of trails, groomed five times per week for skating and classic skiing by a dedicated team of Ogden Nordic volunteers. Contact Dan H. at 801-479-1108 for more information.

Wheatgrass Canyon Snowshoe: 10 a.m. Jan. 19. This is six miles round-trip, about 3.5 hours, and moderate intensity. This is one of the most beautiful areas in Northern Utah. It is a narrow canyon with interesting rock formations, high canyon walls, forested slopes, and lots of snow. Moose, deer, elk and eagles have been spotted in the area. For more information, call Larry at 801-690-4335.


Bird Walks: Today at Willard Bay State Park. 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 8:45 a.m. to carpool. This is a fee area.

Jan. 9: Ogden River Parkway. Meet at Dylan’s (12th and Monroe) at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast or at 9:30 a.m. at the MTC Park on the Ogden River off Monroe south of 17th Street.

Jan. 10: Ogden Nature Center. Meet at the center, 966 W. 12th St., at 5:15 p.m. Trails are flat but not paved. Could be muddy, snowy or slick. Walk will last about an hour with opportunity to socialize afterward. No dogs or children under 12.

Jan. 16: Dale Young Nature Park. Meet 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. From there, we will take I-15 north and exit at the Brigham City 1100 South exit (362). Go east to Main Street, turn right (going south) onto Hwy. 89. Go past Maddox Ranch House and turn right (west) at 2250 South. Go three to four blocks west and you are there.

Jan. 23: Beus Pond. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at McDonald’s (5745 S. Harrison) for breakfast or at 9 a.m. to carpool. If time permits, we may also check out Glasmann Pond near the parking lot for McKay-Dee Hospital.

Jan. 30: Ogden River Parkway. Meet at Village Inn (322 12th St.) at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast then we will drive to the trail parking lot on Washington across the street from the Bingham Cyclery. We’ll walk west along the river.

WAS Meeting: 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. Flammulated Owls Along the Wasatch Front with Dr. Markus Mika, Science Director for Hawk Watch International.

Field Trip: 9 a.m. Jan. 19. Ogden Hotspots: We will bird the cemetery, the new trail on the north side of the cemetery, the trail behind the stadium to Washington Boulevard, and then check out the Nature Center. Meet at Smith’s (12th & Jefferson) at 9 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink.


Kayak roll session: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 17 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: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Outdoor Program, 4022 Taylor Ave., Ogden. $15 WSU students, $20 non-students. In this clinic you will learn the basics of keeping your equipment in great shape to insure it keeps performing to its potential.

Cooperative MLK backcountry yurt trip: Leave 7 a.m. Jan. 18 and return 8 p.m. Jan. 21. Backcountry ski/splitboard trip to yurt in Bloomington Canyon, Idaho. $35 WSU students, $45 non-students. Avalanche safety equipment required and will be provided as needed. Prior backcountry experience required. Ages 18 and older only. Mandatory pre-trip meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Outdoor Program (annex 9). For more information, call 801-626-6373 or visit www.weber.edu/outdoor.


Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and Friends of the Bear River Refuge invite the public to join them for an open house to explore owls from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12. The refuge will be hosting family-fun activities to investigate these winged hunters. Refuge staff and volunteers will be providing fun and educational crafts and games for all ages, from learning how to hoot like an owl to dissecting an owl pellet. There will also be owl movies being shown on our big screen at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Join experts from the Ogden Nature Center at 11 a.m. as they decode the myths surrounding these amazing birds. All activities are free. The Wildlife Education Center is located at 2155 W. Forest St., Brigham City, one block west of I-15 at Exit 363. For more information, call 435-723-5887.

Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 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.

Join Utah State Parks for the second leg of the Trifishalon ice fishing tournament series at Rockport Reservoir on Jan. 19, ice conditions permitting. $15 adults, $10 15 and under. Prizes are given at each tournament. Registration is available by calling 801-322-3770 within the Salt Lake calling area or toll-free 800-322-3770 outside the Salt Lake City area. Event is limited to 200 participants. For more information, visit stateparks.utah.gov/activities/trifishalon.


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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.