The 19th Annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival is taking place May 18 – 22, 2017. The keynote speaker is Noah Strycker, who set a new record in 2015 for the worldwide Big Year - sighting 6,042 bird species in 41 countries in 365 days. The count would have been 6,153 species using the progressive IOC World Bird List, rather than the Clements Checklist (used for all previous global Big Years). Audubon published a daily blog of Strycker’s trek, Birding without Borders, and Strycker’s book BIRDING WITHOUT BORDERS: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World was just published in 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
At the Festival, Strycker will lead two field trips and a workshop (Bare Naked Birding). He will give the keynote address about his world record at the Saturday night Dutch Oven Dinner.
The Bird Festival is packed with tours, workshops, youth and family activities and more. You can learn more at Great Salt Lake Bird Festival 2017, but hurry because tickets for many events—including the tour of Audubon’s Gillmor Sanctuary—are already sold out.
The Great Salt Lake and its surrounding ecosystem is a key priority in Audubon’s Saline Lakes Program and ensuring its ongoing health affected by adequate water quantity and water quality. It is one of the most important bird habitats in the world, with 5 Important Bird Areas and supporting over 5 million shorebirds annually and a third of all western U.S. waterbirds at some point in their annual life cycle.