The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) held a bald eagle viewing event at Rush Lake Ranch on Feb. 3.
Representatives from the DWR brought spotting scopes to the event and helped dozens of attendees find eagles and take picture of the birds in an outcrop of trees just off Minersville Highway.
The viewing at Rush Lake Ranch was the first of several bald eagle viewing events held across the state during February. Others are held on Feb. 10 at the Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area (Compton’s Knoll) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Fountain Green State Fish Hatchery from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Feb. 24, the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge will also host a viewing from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The DWR recommends dressing warm, bringing waterproof boots and a telephoto lens for those who want to take pictures of the eagles.
According to the DWR, “February is the best time of the year to see one of the country’s most iconic birds. Bald eagles fly to Utah in the winter to find food and escape colder conditions farther north. By the time February arrives, hundreds of eagles are in the state.”
For more information on bald eagles and locations to see them visit the DWR website.