Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

National Wildlife Refuge - Utah

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge encompasses the Bear River and its delta where it flows into the northern part of the Great Salt Lake in eastern Box Elder County, Utah. The refuge hosts millions of migratory birds each year including species such as bald eagle and tundra swan. There are more than 41,000 acres (170 km2) of freshwater wetlands.

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Map of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (a National Wildlife Refuge NWR) in Utah. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Bear River - Map

Map of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (a National Wildlife Refuge NWR) in Utah. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Hunting Regulations of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (a National Wildlife Refuge NWR) in Utah. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Bear River - Hunting

Hunting Regulations of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (a National Wildlife Refuge NWR) in Utah. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Fishing Regulations of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (a National Wildlife Refuge NWR) in Utah. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Bear River - Fishing

Fishing Regulations of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (a National Wildlife Refuge NWR) in Utah. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Birds of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (a National Wildlife Refuge NWR) in Utah. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Bear River - Birds

Birds of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (a National Wildlife Refuge NWR) in Utah. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Illustrated Birds of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (a National Wildlife Refuge NWR) in Utah. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Bear River - Birds Illustrated

Illustrated Birds of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (a National Wildlife Refuge NWR) in Utah. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Junior Ranger Program of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (a National Wildlife Refuge NWR) in Utah. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Bear River - Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger Program of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (a National Wildlife Refuge NWR) in Utah. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge NWR https://www.fws.gov/refuge/bear_river_migratory_bird_refuge/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_River_Migratory_Bird_Refuge Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge encompasses the Bear River and its delta where it flows into the northern part of the Great Salt Lake in eastern Box Elder County, Utah. The refuge hosts millions of migratory birds each year including species such as bald eagle and tundra swan. There are more than 41,000 acres (170 km2) of freshwater wetlands.
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Refuge Boundary 15 Federal Interstate Dike Information Kiosk 89 Federal Highway Nature Trail Observation Deck 83 State Highway River Delta Interpretive Site Boat Ramp Road Pavilion Parking Auto Tour Route Visitor Center Accessible Rest Room 13 15 83 Unio n Pa cific Railr o Corinne ad Unit 10 0 Unit 1 Miles Kilometers 4 4 rR iv er West Forest Street 13 Exit 363 To Brigham City (1.5 miles) Be a 0 2560 West ▲ N Unit 3 83 Golden Spike 84 15 Corinne Bear River MBR Great Salt Lake Logan 89 W h i st l e r C Unit 2 “0” Line Canal Unit 9 anal Unit 2C 89/91 1100 South 2250 South Reed st We t ree t St es For e r C an al Unit 1A 2950 South 3000 South Unit 5 Unit 4 15 89 Brigham City Unit 8 Ogden 84 Unit 7 Unit 6 15 80 Salt Lake City Great Salt Lake To Salt Lake City (45 miles)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Hunting Regulations The Blue Goose is the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a network of lands and waters managed for the beneft of wildlife and people. Welcome Welcome to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (MBR). Established in 1928 to protect feeding and breeding grounds for migratory birds. Bear River MBR consists of nearly 80,000 acres of marsh, open water, uplands, and alkali mudfats. General Information Please observe all the regulations covered in this brochure. See the Refuge general brochure and website for additional information. Hunting Regulations Table Hunting is in accordance with State regulations. In addition, Refuge-specifc regulations must be followed and are listed in the table below and described in this brochure. Activity Season Dates Other Regulations Coots, ducks, geese State season and regulations apply Closed for spring and extended season goose hunts. State season and regulations apply Requires a Utah swan permit in addition to state hunting license. State season and regulations apply May not hunt or take pheasants with a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells. Tundra swans Pheasants Shotgun hunting only. Non-toxic shot required. Shotgun hunting only. Non-toxic shot required. Shotgun hunting only. Non-toxic shot required. See map for areas open to hunting. Prohibited Activities • Camping or overnight parking, including RVs. • Lighting of fres or campfres. • Use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting. • Littering, including spent shell casings. • Commercial guiding and outftting. • Target shooting. • Entering closed areas, even for the purpose of retrieving downed birds. • Hunting or shooting within 100 yards of Refuge roads, the D line dike, parking areas, and observation platforms. • Hunting any wildlife species aside from coot, duck, goose, pheasant, and tundra swan. • Entering the hunt units prior to opening day of hunting season. Firearms Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying frearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) frearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specifc refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32.) Vehicles and Parking Legally licensed vehicles are allowed on Refuge roads which are open to the public. The speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted. The auto tour route is one way. Hunting Regulations Hunting is permitted in accordance with Federal regulations governing public use on National Wildlife Refuges as set forth in Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Parking is permitted in designated parking areas only, as identifed on the hunt map. Vehicles must not block access to roadways, parking lots, or kiosk pullouts. Hunting is allowed on the Refuge in accordance with State regulations and the Refuge-specifc regulations in this brochure. Boats Motorboats are permitted in all hunt units during waterfowl hunting season. Boats including canoes, kayaks, and other self-propelled watercraft may be launched only at designated boat ramps. Air boats are permitted only in open areas of Unit 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. (see map). Consult the Utah Waterfowl Guidebook for a complete list of State regulations https://wildlife.utah.gov/hunting/mainhunting-page/waterfowl.html Hours Hunters may enter the Refuge 2 hours before legal sunrise and must exit the Refuge by 2 hours after legal sunset during Refuge hunting seasons. The Wildlife Education Center is open Tuesday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, except for Federal holidays. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge 2155 W. Forest St Brigham City, Ut 84302 435-723-5887 bearriver@fws.gov For State Transfer Relay Service TTY / Voice: 711 https://www.fws.gov/refuge/bear_ river_migratory_bird_refuge/ For Refuge Information 1-800-344-WILD U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service http://www.fws.gov August 2020 83 13 Corinne 0 kilometers 13 4 4 Unit 1 2560 West N miles Be ar Riv er Ch an ne l 0 Unit 10 15 West Forest Street to Brigham City (1.5 miles) Exit 363 Unit 1A 1100 South al Can Reeder Accessible Hunt Blind Unit 2C 2250 South st Street West Fore 2950 South Unit 2 Bear River “D” Line Migratory Bird Refuge Refuge boundary 15 Federal interstate highway 13 State highway Secondary road Auto tour road (one way) Dike Nature trail Closed to hunting Open to hunting Open to hunting; air boats permitted Linked symbols designate accessible features Wildlife Education Center and Refuge Ofÿce Information kiosk Restroom Boat ramp (hunting access only) Boat ramp (year-round access) Parking “0” Line Canal Unit 3 Unit 4 “D” Line Unit 8 3550 South Unit 5 “D” Line Unit 6 Unit 7 Willard Spur Whistler Canal Unit 9 15 to Salt Lake City (45 miles) Game Retrieval Reasonable attempts must be made to retrieve downed or crippled birds. The u
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Fishing Regulations Welcome The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge was established in 1928 to protect feeding and breeding grounds for migratory waterfowl. The Refuge is one of over 565 refuges in the National Wildlife This goose, Refuge System – a network of lands designed by J.N. set aside specifically for wildlife. “Ding” Darling, is Managed by the U.S. Fish and the symbol of the Wildlife Service, the Refuge System National Wildlife is a living heritage, preserving Refuge System. wildlife and habitat for people today and for generations to come. General Refuge Regulations The Refuge Auto Tour Route is open daily, sunrise to sunset. For your safety, please observe all of the regulations covered in this brochure. Vehicles and Parking ■ ■ ■ Licensed vehicles are allowed on Refuge roads open to the public. Unlicensed off-highway vehicles (OHVs), such as motorcycles or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), may not be used on the Refuge. Parking is permitted in designated parking areas only. The Refuge Auto Tour Route is open from sunrise to sunset. Fires and Camping ■ Fires and camping are prohibited on the Refuge. Overnight RV parking is also prohibited. Firearms ■ Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with Refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and Refuge-specific regulations in 50 CFR Part 32). You may only discharge firearms on the Refuge during legal hunting activities. Target shooting on the Refuge is prohibited. ■ ■ Refuge Fishing Regulations Fishing is allowed in accordance with Utah State regulations. See the Utah Fishing Proclamation available at the Refuge Wildlife Education Center and at http://wildlife.utah. gov/guidebooks/. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Accessibility Information Fishing is allowed in designated areas accessible from West Forest Street along Reeder Canal, Whistler Canal, “O” Line Canal, Duckville Parking Lot, and the Auto Tour Route entrance, as indicated on the map. Fishing west of the Auto Tour Route gate is allowed in designated areas from sunrise to sunset. Access to designated fishing areas is walk-in only. Driving off road is prohibited. Fishing from Refuge bridges and water control structures is prohibited. Fishing outside of designated areas is prohibited. Littering is prohibited. Pack out all trash including bait, fishing line, and hooks. Boat access is only allowed at designated boat ramps on the Bear River. Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs and activities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is available to all individuals regardless of physical or mental ability. Dial 711 for a free connection to the State relay service for TTY and voice calls to and from people with hearing and speech disabilities. For more information or to address accessibility needs, please contact the Refuge staff at 435 / 723 5887. Further concerns may be directed to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Equal Opportunity, 1849 C Street NW, Washington DC 20240. Great Salt Lake 0 N miles 0 kilometers 4 4 Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge 2155 West Forest Street Brigham City, UT 84302-4424 435 / 723 5887 435 / 723 8873 fax http://www.fws.gov/refuge/bear_river_migratory_bird_refuge For State relay service TTY / Voice: 711 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service http://www.fws.gov For Refuge Information 1 800 / 344 WILD July 2019
HUMMINGBIRDS _____ Black-chinned Hummingbird . . . . US _____ Broad-tailed Hummingbird . . . . . US _____ Rufous Hummingbird . . . . . . .UM FLYCATCHERS _____ Willow Flycatcher _____ Gray Flycatcher . _____ Dusky Flycatcher _____ Say’s Phoebe . . _____ Western Kingbird* _____ Eastern Kingbird* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RM . RM . RM . OM . CS . US SHRIKES _____ Loggerhead Shrike . . . . . . . UP _____ Northern Shrike . . . . . . . . . OW JAYS & CROWS _____ Black-billed Magpie* . . . . . . CP _____ American Crow . . . . . . . . . RP _____ Common Raven* . . . . . . . . CP LARKS _____ Horned Lark* . . . . . . . . . . CP SWALLOWS _____Tree Swallow . . . . . . . . UM, OS _____ Violet-green Swallow . . . . . . UM _____ Northern Rough-winged Swallow . US _____ Bank Swallow . . . . . . . . . US _____ Cliff Swallow* . . . . . . . . . CS _____ Barn Swallow* . . . . . . . . . CS CHICKADEES _____ Black-capped Chickadee . . . . . _____ Mountain Chickadee . . . . . . . RP RP WRENS _____ Rock Wren . . . . . . . . . . OM _____ Marsh Wren* . . . . . . . . . . CS KINGLETS _____Ruby-crowned Kinglet . . . . . . UM THRUSHES _____ Mountain Bluebird . _____ Townsend’s Solitaire _____ Hermit Thrush . . . _____ American Robin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RM RW OM UP WARBLERS _____ Orange-crowned Warbler _____ Virginia’s Warbler . . . _____ Yellow Warbler . . . . _____ Yellow-rumped Warbler . _____ MacGillivray’s Warbler . _____ Common Yellowthroat* . _____ Wilson’s Warbler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OM . . RM UM, OS . . UM . . RM . . CS . . UM GROSBEAKS & BUNTINGS _____ Black-headed Grosbeak . . . . . OM _____ Lazuli Bunting . . . . . . . . . OM SPARROWS _____ American Tree Sparrow . . . . . UW _____ Chipping Sparrow . . . . . . . . RM _____ Brewer’s Sparrow* . . . . . . . US _____ Vesper Sparrow* . . . . . . UM, OS _____ Lark Sparrow . . . . . . . . UM, OS _____ Savannah Sparrow* . . . . . . . US _____ Grasshopper Sparrow* . . . . . . RS _____ Song Sparrow* . . . . . . . . . CP _____ Lincoln’s Sparrow . . . . . . . . OM _____ White-crowned Sparrow . . . CM, UW _____ Dark-eyed Junco . . . . . . . UW _____ Lapland Longspur . . . . . . . RW _____ Snow Bunting . . . . . . . . . OW _____ House Sparrow* . . . . . . . . CP BLACKBIRDS & ORIOLES _____ Bobolink . . . . . . . _____ Red-winged Blackbird* . _____ Yellow-headed Blackbird* _____ Western Meadowlark* . _____ Brewer’s Blackbird*. . . _____ Brown-headed Cowbird* . _____ Bullock’s Oriole* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RM . CP . CS . CP . UP . OS . US RM STARLINGS _____ European Starling* . . . . . . . CP MIMICS _____ Northern Mockingbird . . . . . _____ Sage Thrasher* . . . . . . . . RM OS FINCHES _____ House Finch* . . . . . . . . . . . CP _____ American Goldfinch . . . . . . . . CP _____ Lesser Goldfinch . . . . . . . . .OM CM RARE AND ACCIDENTAL : Greater White-fronted Goose, Lark Bunting, Red-hroated Loon, Neotropic Cormorant, Brant, Black Scoter, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Red Phalarope, White-winged Dove, Plumbeous Vireo.House Wren . . . . . . . . Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Bird List TANAGERS _____ Western Tanager . . . . . . . . OM GNATCATCHERS _____Blue-gray Gnatcatcher . . . . . . PIPITS _____ American Pipit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service The information for this list comes from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service checklist (2006) and was prepared by the Refuge in 2011 in accordance with the 7th A.O.U checklist and 42nd supplement. Seasonal / Abundance Codes C = Common (likely to be seen in suitable habitat) U = Uncommon (present, but not always seen) O = Occasional (seen only a few times per season) R = Rare (Few sightings over several years) P = Permanent (year-round resident) S = Summer (present during Nesting season) W = Winter (November through March) M = Migratory (seen Spring and/or Fall migration) * Species known to nest/breed on the Refuge Bird Checklist: Bear River MBR LOONS _____ Pacific Loon . . . . . . . . . RM _____ Common Loon . . . . . . . . . UM GREBES _____ Pied-billed Grebe*. _____ Horned Grebe . . _____ Eared Grebe* . . . _____ Western Grebe* . . _____ Clark’s Grebe* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CS, UW . RW US, CM CS, RW CS, RW PELICANS & CORMORANTS _____ American White Pelican . . . . . CS _____ Double-crested Cormorant* . . . . CS BITTERNS, HERONS, IBISES _____ American Bittern . . . . . . . . _____ Great Blue Heron * . . . . . . . _____ Great Egret* . . . . . . . . . . _____ Snowy Egret* . . . . . . . . . _____ Cattle Egret*. . . . . . . . . . _____ Black-crowned Night-Heron* . . . _____ White-faced Ibis*. . . . . . . . RS CP OS CS CS CS CS SWANS, GEESE & DUCKS _____ Tundra Swan . . . . . . . CM, RW _____ Trumpeter Swan . . . . . . . . RW _____ Snow Goose . . . . . . . . . UM _____ Ross’s Goose . . . . . . . . . RM _____ Canada Goose*. . . . . . . . . CP _____ W
Some birds are easy to see. Others are secretive and hard to find. Do you know a bird species that only comes out at night? Good bird watchers look for many different clues to learn if a bird lives in the area. They listen for songs and calls. They look for nests, tracks, pellets or droppings. Keep your eyes and ears open and you may see, hear or find evidence of all the birds on this list. Circle the musical notes if you hear the bird sing or call. Circle the nest if you see any signs of the bird. Circle the binoculars if you see the bird. Contact Information Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge 2155 West Forest Street Brigham City Utah 84302 Phone: (435) 723-5887 Email: bearriver@fws.gov Website: http://bearriver.fws.gov Bird Info Line: (435) 734-6426 Which birds can you find? 1. How many bird species did you see today? __________________ Illustrated Checklist Birds Found Along the Wetland Wonders Walk & Wildlife Education Center 2. Did you see birds not shown on this list? Did you identify them? _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ 3. Which bird did you find most interesting and why? _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ 4. Why do you think there are so many birds at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge? _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Utah Barn Owl  Marsh Wren Northern Harrier Red-tailed Hawk Sandhill Crane Rock Pigeon Cliff Swallow House Sparrow Song Sparrow Yellow-headed Blackbird Mallard Ruddy Duck Pied-billed Grebe American Coot Killdeer Great Blue Heron Snowy Egret American White Pelican We are grateful for the donated use of images by: * Patsy Renz & • Chris Goldade Red-winged Blackbird *Sora Images sizes are not to scale. 09-15-09
The Junior Ranger Program at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge has been designed for you and your child to explore and discover the wonder of the ecosystems of the Bear River Watershed. The activities in this booklet aim to link science with experience and creativity, while teaching Utah curriculum standards and fulfilling Scouting Merit Badge requirements. Work with your child to complete the activities- don’t worry if you don’t know all the answers! You don’t need to be an expert; you simply need to be enthusiastic about exploring the outdoors. The Junior Ranger Program will allow you and your child to learn side-by-side, or let your child or student explore on their own. Read the instructions below to find out how to become a Junior Ranger, then, get outside! It’s easy to become a Bear River Refuge Junior Ranger! Take as much time as you like to complete the Junior Ranger program. You can keep this activity book when you are finished, but please return the pack and all its tools before you leave. When you have completed at least 3 Outdoor and 2 Workbook activities you will earn the Bear River Jr. Ranger patch. 1. Fill out the Junior Ranger Information Form on the following page 2. Have your parents fill out the evaluation form when you return the Activity backpack. 3. Show a Park Ranger or Volunteer what activities you finished when you check Junior Ranger Information Name________________________________________________________________________ Age________ Use the supplies in the Junior Ranger backpack and the glossary at the back of2the book to help you! Table of Contents And Activity Sign-off Page Activity Where Page 5-6 Tool Time Outside Page 7 Binocular Boot Camp Outside Page 8-9 Getting to Know the Refuge Workbook Page 10-11 I Sense a Scavenger Hunt Outside Page 12-13 Map Your Location Outside Page 14-15 Fun With Feathered Friends Outside Page 16 Which Beak Fits the Bill? Workbook Page 17 Bird Pledge Workbook Page 18 Weather Watching Outside Page 19 My Water Poem Workbook Page 20-21 Going Buggy Outside Page 22 Micro Hike Outside Page 23 Plant Wars Workbook Page 24-25 Glossary 3 When completed Parent Evaluation Form Thank you for taking the time to use and hopefully enjoy our Jr. Ranger Activity Backpacks! It is very important to us to get feedback on our education programs, so please take a couple of quick minutes to fill out the evaluation form below and return it with the backpack. Please circle the appropriate rating: On a scale of 1-5: 1 being lowest and 5 being highest: How engaging were the activities in the Jr. Ranger book for your child/ student? 1 2 3 4 5 How educational was the Jr. Ranger Booklet for the entire family? 1 2 3 4 5 How was the layout and activity organization? 1 2 3 4 5 How appropriate were the activities and tools in the backpacks for your child or student’s age? What’s the age of your child/ children?________ 1 2 3 4 5 Was there anything you would like added to or removed from the Jr. Ranger backpack? __________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ Other feedback or Comments: ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ 4 Get Outside Activity Tool Time Tools Everything in your Backpack! Setting Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Time for the Activity 30 - 60 minutes Vocabulary Words to Learn Refuge Tools Field guide Binoculars Insect Journal Magnifying glass Petri dish Summary Tools are something people use every day. Ask your Mom and Dad…I’m sure they use tools at home or at work. Scientists use a lot of special tools, and you have many great and fun tools in your Jr. Ranger Backpack. These tools are going to help you with your outdoor activities and to enjoy and learn more about the nature and world around you. Activities Start out with a simple task: Dig through your bag and see what fun things are in there! Check all the pouches. Go outside and explore the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Find the Binoculars in your pack, and take them out. Look through them at something in the distance...like a plant or a sign, and practice focusing them so you can see clearly. Use the wheel or button in the middle of the binoculars to make the focus even clearer. Now try it on something even farther away and focus again. If there is a bird or other animal around, see if you can focus on something moving. Remember, practice makes perfect. And if you spot an animal or bird and can identify it – write it down here, or you can draw it on page 13. In your pack, in the big pouch, are six field guides. Field guides are special tools that anyone can use to help identify birds, plants, insects or even an animal footprints. Check out the 6 different field guides in your pack, and see if you can find which guide will be the right tool to use to find the following: a. What Raccoon Tracks look like? b. What does an

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