Stunning Sights on Antelope Island

IC-08 Hydrology and International Bird Migration in the Great Salt Lake

 

Source: Toby Eberly
Source: Toby Eberle

The fourth-largest terminal lake in the world (no outlet), the Great Salt Lake supports between 2 and 5 million shorebirds, as many as 1.7 million eared grebes, and hundreds of thousands of waterfowl during spring and fall migration. The lake is the largest remnant of Ancient Lake Bonneville. Because of its importance to migratory birds, the lake was designated a part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network in 1992. Antelope Island is the largest island in the Lake.

Tour participants traveled north along the Wasatch Range to the Antelope Island Causeway. On the Causeway across the Great Salt Lake to Antelope Island,visitors observed shore birds. Once they reached the island, participants viewed exhibits on different aspects of the island and lake at the Visitor Center.

Traveling south, visitors passed the bison herd that roams the island. The Antelope Island Bison Herd has proven to be a valuable genetic pool for bison breeding and conservation purposes. Fielding Garr Ranch was the final tour stop. Among the trees and spring at the ranch, tour participants looked for migrating songbirds. Nearly 250 different species of birds have been observed on the island.

Source: Ramin Khorchidi
Source: Ramin Khorchidi
Source: Toby Eberly
Source: Toby Eberly
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