Outdoor calendar - May 2

Story by Standard-Examiner staff
May 2, 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 3:30 p.m. Free for ONC members/$2 children/$3 seniors / $4 adults. Meet in the visitor center. All ages welcome. Today’s topic is “Whoo 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 9: “Hiding Habitats: Wetlands and Ponds.” Meet Pueo the Short-eared Owl and learn about the wetlands that he calls home. Play a wetland game with the help of a teacher/naturalist, and venture out on the Nature Center’s trails to look for signs of wildlife in and around the ponds.

May 16: “Fantastic Falcons.” What can dive at over 200 miles per hour? What has a beak that acts like a can opener? Falcons! Spend time with Jetta, the American Kestrel. Learn what separates falcons from other types of birds. Then take a short hike with a naturalist to look for signs of falcons at the Ogden Nature Center.

May 23: “Our National Symbol: A Memorial Day Program.” Did you know the Bald Eagle had to compete with the turkey to become our national symbol? It’s true! Join us for a special Memorial Day program with the Ogden Nature Center’s own Bald Eagle, Des Ta Te. Come learn about these special birds and hear how they finally became our national symbol.

May 30: “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 the forests.

Fly with the Flock 5K Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast: May 12 run begins at 8 a.m. Day-of registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., but is limited to space still available. Cost of registration is $27 for adults and $16 for kids. Breakfast, a t-shirt, an up-cycled goodie bag and prize drawings are all included. Run or walk and enjoy a yummy breakfast to benefit the Ogden Nature Center. With options for a 5K, a 2.5K for kids (12 and under) and for the little ones, a 100-foot kids’ dash with every dasher winning a tree-cookie medal.

Wild & Edible Foraging Walk: May 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $3 for ONC members/$5 for non-members. Ages 10 and up. Come out for a walk and wild snack during the spring salad season. Join staff botanist Cheyenne Herland and James Magruder, a volunteer naturalist for Weber Pathways and local wild foods forager, for a walk to identify and collect spring greens. We’ll then enjoy a dish created from the foods we’ve found. To reserve your spot, call 801-621-7595 to pre-register and pay by 2 p.m. May 11.

Scout Saturdays: 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. May 19. $5 per scout. The Ogden Nature Center provides the perfect outdoor classroom for scout activities. A Nature Center teacher/naturalist will help your scouts pass off badge requirements during these 45-minute classes. Reservations and a non-refundable deposit are required. For information on the requirements for each badge please refer to www.ogdennaturecenter.org/education/scouting-programs. Schedule: 9 a.m. — Native vs. Invasive Species; 10 a.m. — Conservation; 11 a.m. — Venomous Reptiles.

Preschool Discovery Days — Floats & Fins & Things That Swim: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. May 29 or 31. $5 child/adult pair for non-members, $4 child/adult pair for members. General admission fees apply to additional family members. A non-refundable deposit of 50 percent must be paid in advance for groups of five children or more. Pre-registration is required. Ages 3-5. Try finding a frog or spotting a turtle as we explore the world of creatures that swim. Time will be spent inside as well as outside, enjoying fishy stories and making a fish magnet to take home. Outside exploration of pond life will be included.

2012 Summer Nature Camps: If your kids love wild animals, warm summer days in the great outdoors, exploring open spaces and learning some science just for fun, then check out the summer camps at the Ogden Nature Center. The Center is offering a variety of nature camps, with different themes designed for specific age groups ranging from 2-16. There are week-long day camps (with one night spent under the stars), single-day adventures for younger campers, and family campouts for all ages. There are also openings for teenage camp assistants. Scholarships are available for those needing financial assistance. Contact Stefanie Miller regarding scholarships at 801-621-7595.


Wasatch Hikers: Wednesday evening hiking group can be found every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. hiking a different trail in the Ogden area. Our creed is exercise is good for the body, mind and soul. The trails in the area are better than the gym. So if you want a group to hang with, or just have time for just one hike, we look forward to meeting a new friend. For information on our next outing visit: http://www.meetup.com/webercountyoutdoors/ and check the calendar under the meetups tab.


Jardine Juniper Trail hike: Saturday. This is a wonderful hike that climbs over 2,000 vertical feet and approximately five miles one way through an active avalanche chute, over moraines carved by glaciers 15,000 years ago, and through beautiful aspen and Douglas fir forests. It leads to the Jardine Juniper, an old, gnarled juniper that has maintained its precarious hold on life for over 1,500 years. Call Joanie at 801-399-0034 for more information.

Dyer’s Woad eradication: Sunday. 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 S. at 801-393-4603 for meeting location and to confirm the date, which may change depending on conditions.

Friday Night Lights hike: May 11. 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 21st Street Trailhead. The night lights are stunning. It will be about 2.5 hours and 4.5 miles. Call Larry at 801-690-4335 for meeting place and time.

Hidden Valley Hike: May 19. The path to Hidden Valley uses the Indian Trail for approximately one-half mile. At this point a trail leads up into the hills and back to the south, and can easily be missed so watch for words painted on rocks on the uphill side of the trail. This is the beginning of the Hidden Valley Trail. It is a fairly steep trail, but the path is well defined. The hike is about 2.5 miles one-way dead end. It calls for a vertical ascent of about 2,200 feet. Call Dan H. at 801-479-1108 for more information.


Bird Walks: Today at 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: Swanson Environmental Center. Meet at 8 a.m. at McDonald’s (Washington Boulevard & 2600 North, North Ogden) for breakfast or at 8:30 am to carpool.

May 16: Fernwood Trail/Kays Creek. Meet at McDonald’s (5745 S. Harrison) at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast or at 8 a.m. to carpool. Directions: From U.S. 89 in Layton, turn East on Cherry Lane. Take Valley View Road north. Turn onto Fernwood Drive (2000 North) heading east. Turn right at first “T” intersection. Stay on Fernwood Drive to parking area.

May 23: Willard Bay. Meet at McDonald’s (1838 W. 2700 North, Farr West, just east of Exit 349 on I-15) at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast or at 8 a.m. to carpool.

May 30: East Mountain Wilderness Park, Kaysville. Meet at McDonalds (5745 S. Harrison Blvd., South Ogden) for breakfast or at 8 a.m. to carpool.

WAS Meeting: 7 p.m. May 15 at Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. Jolene Rose, Antelope Island State Park wildlife biologist, will present “Re-introducing Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse to Antelope Island State Park.”


Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the Weber River. $75. Prior experience in the topic area required (basic paddling skills, wet exit, and experience practicing your roll). Equipment provided. This course is a program emphasizing safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition for entry-level through intermediate individuals in public, private and commercial settings. Meet at the Outdoor Program (annex 9 on campus) at 8 a.m. Call 801-626-6373, email outdoorprogram@weber.edu, or visit www.weber.edu to register at least 24 hours in advance.

Summer Summit Series: 8 a.m. May 20. Malan’s Peak via Taylor Canyon. Free. Ages 18 and up. Non-technical, but excellent fitness required. No transportation or equipment provided. Meet at the top of 27th Street in Ogden.


Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 12. The refuge will have bird games, crafts and movies available, all for free. It will also be offering one small kids birding tour for children aged 6-13 and their families. Space is limited in this birding tour, so please register with Jason at 435.734.6444.

The day’s festivities will also be celebrating the 2012 Utah Junior Duck Stamp program with an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public and will be honoring the young artists from all around the state whose art placed in the Jr. Duck Stamp competition. The Wildlife Education Center is located at 2155 W. Forest St., Brigham City, one block west of I-15 at Exit 363. Please call 435.723.5887 for more information.

Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. May 16 in the Wattis-Dumke Room on the second floor Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden. This month’s program will be how to make silver chain. 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, e-mail:club@goldenspikegem.org, or visit www.goldenspikegem.org.


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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.