Outdoor calendar - May 1

Story by Standard-Examiner staff
April 30, 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 “Wetlands and Ponds.” Meet Pueo the Short-eared Owl and learn about the wetlands he calls home.  Play a wetland game and then, with the help of an Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalist, venture out on the Nature Center’s trails to look for signs of wildlife in and around ponds.

May 8: “Whooo Eats Whom?” Learn about predator/prey relationships with the help of Pueo, the Short-eared Owl. Meet Pueo in person and get an up-close look at skulls, pelts, teeth, and more while learning about the traits that help animals survive in the wild.

May 15: “Hooked on Fish.” Did you know there are eight endangered or threatened species of fish that call Utah home? Spend an hour with a teacher/naturalist and learn other cool facts about Utah’s diverse fish. Observe least chub in the aquarium and meet some of the resident fish-eating birds.

May 22: “Our National Symbol — A Special Memorial Day Program.” Did you know the Bald Eagle had to compete with the turkey to become our national symbol? It’s true. Join the Ogden Nature Center staff for a special Memorial Day program with ONC’s own Bald Eagle, Des Ta Te. Come learn about these special birds and hear how they finally became our national symbol.

May 29: “Shorebirds 101.” Get up close and personal with Einstein, the Ogden Nature Center’s resident American White Pelican, whose beak can hold more than his belly can.  Learn about the special adaptations that shorebirds have. Discuss the importance of the Great Salt Lake and learn about the different shorebirds that call Utah home.. 

Preschool Discovery Days — Roots, Shoots, Springs and Sprouts: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Thursday or May 31. $5 members/$6 non-members/$5 per child for preschool groups over five. Come celebrate all things new at the Ogden Nature Center. 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 for more information or to reserve your spot today. Space is limited.

Fly with the Flock 5K Fun Run/2.5K for Kids: May 11. Whether you choose to run or walk, this fun route will be filled with surprises and topped off with a pancake breakfast at the end of the run. Participants can choose to run a full 5K, a 2.5K for kids (12 and under), and for the little ones, a free 100-foot dash. Extra breakfasts are only $7 each. Cost is $22 adults/$14 kids 12 and under. After May 4, the cost increases to $27 adults/$16 kids. The registration fee includes breakfast, a goodie bag, t-shirt, and prize drawings. Visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org for more information or to register. 


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.

Weed Roundups: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 21 in Ogden and May 31 in Huntsville. Please join us in working with the US Forest Service to protect our public lands by preventing the spread of noxious weeds in Weber County. For the Ogden event, meet in the GEAR:30 parking area, 1931 Washington Blvd., Ogden. For the Huntsville event, meet at the Huntsville Guard Station, 6620 E. 100 South, Huntsville. For more information, contact Lisa Thompson, Volunteer and Partnership Coordinator, Ogden Ranger District, (801) 690-4287 or Rod Kramer, Outreach Coordinator, Weber Pathways (801) 393-2304.


Friday Night Lights hike: This Friday. We’ll hike up Beus Canyon and follow the Bonneville Shoreline trail past Strong, Waterfall, and Taylor Canyons. We will end the evening trek at the Twenty-first Street trailhead. The night lights are stunning. It will be 2.5 hours and 4.5 miles. Call Larry at 801-690-4335 for more information.

Hidden Valley Hike: 10 a.m. Saturday. The trail starts out at the 22nd street trailhead and uses the Indian Trail into Ogden Canyon for the first half mile, branching off toward the south and climbing above the cliffs rather steeply. It is about two miles to the valley and 1,600 feet up. The trail ends at a lookout above Taylor Canyon, about 1/2 mile farther on with another 300-foot rise. This hike is rated moderately difficult. Bring at least two liters of water and a snack. Call Dan H. at 801-479-0018 for more details.

Dyers Woad Eradication: May 19. Protect our native plants by pulling these noxious weeds in Ogden’s foothills. We’ll start at 9 a.m. and finish by noon. Call leader Dan Schroeder, 801-393-4603, for meeting location and to confirm the date, which may change depending on conditions.


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) at 8 a.m. for breakfast or at 9 a.m. to carpool. Alternatively, join the group at 9:15 a.m. on the frontage road in front of Stevens-Henager College to start the walk.

May 8: South Ogden Nature Park. Meet at McDonald’s (5745 S. Harrison Blvd.) at 8 a.m. for breakfast or at 8:30 a.m. to carpool.

May 9: Riverdale Parkway. Meet at 6:15 p.m. at the trailhead in Riverdale City. From Riverdale Road, drive north on 700 West for two blocks, turn right on 4300 South, then right on 600 West to the parking lot. Bring water. Paved path, mostly flat. We will walk as far along the 2.5-mile stretch from the trailhead to Fort Buenaventura as birders desire. Social gathering afterward decided upon by the group. Please leave dogs and children under 12 at home.

May 15: East Mountain Wilderness Park (Kaysville). Meet at McDonald’s (5745 S Harrison Blvd.) at 8 a.m. for breakfast or at 8:30 a.m. to carpool. 

May 22: Ogden Bay South Entrance. Meet at Village Inn at 7:30 am for breakfast or at 8:30 am to carpool.

Migratory Bird Day: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 11 at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. This will also be the award ceremony for the 2013 Utah Junior Duck Stamp program. The art will be on display from all of the K-12 winners of the competition. There will also be open-house activities like crafts, movies and Junior Ranger activities.

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival: May 16-20. Enjoy the trips for which you preregistered. There will be no Saturday field trip due to overlap with the festival.

WAS Meeting: 7 p.m. May 21 at Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. Dr. John Cavitt, professor of zoology at Weber State University, will present “Update on the Ecology and Behavior of Snowy Plovers on the Great Salt Lake.”


Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. May 15 in the Wattis-Dumke Room on the second floor of Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden. Guests are always welcome. Join the club, enjoy the fun field trips, and start a new rock hobby. Call 801-648-5060, or email club@goldenspikegem.org for more information.

Ogden Trails Network is inviting the public to a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 2 at The Front Climbing Club, 225 20th St., Ogden. The $10 donation per person includes climbing, biking, running and kayaking clinics. More than $2,000 dollars worth of outdoor gear will be raffled off to all guests who give the entrance donation, and another $2,000 worth of outdoor gear will be sold in a silent auction.


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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.