New wildlife education center opens on Utah’s Farmington Bay

September 9, 2018 GMT

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — A new wildlife education center offers students, photographers and birdwatchers the chance to see birds and other wildlife that live in the Great Salt Lake wetlands.

The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Wildlife Education Center, which opened to the public Wednesday, features pelicans, hummingbirds and even a turkey vulture, the Deseret News reported .

And there is no entrance fee.


“All wildlife enthusiasts can come here and get something out of it,” said Nicaela Haig, Division of Wildlife Resources programs specialist over education and events at the center. “No matter which way you enjoy wildlife, there is something for you out here.”

Owls, a bald eagle, a small kestrel, two snakes and a salamander were also brought to the opening event on Wednesday by HawkWatch International, the Ogden Nature Center and the Hogle Zoo.

The Eccles Wildlife Education Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. There is also a 1 mile (1.6 kilometer) walking trail on the site, which will be open during daylight hours.

Billy Fenimore, the center’s director, said he is eager to host field trips and other learning opportunities for children.

The L.S. Skaggs Wetland Discovery Classroom opens directly onto the wetlands, which Fenimore said will be great for kids to get hands-on learning experiences.

The center will be taking reservations online for field trips later this fall, Haig said.


Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com