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SOUTHWEST UTAH BIRDING TRAILS
INTRODUCTION
by Keith Evans
Wasatch Audubon Society

The Southwest Utah Birding Trails map is the second of a three-part series highlighting the best birding opportunities in Utah, a state having a marvelous diversity of birds due to its unique location and its variety of
habitats, elevation, and exposures. The Great Salt Lake Birding Trails map was the first in the series, published in 2001, and continues to be a great success. A third map Eastern Utah Birding Trails covers all of
eastern Utah.

This birding trails map covers the state from the southern boundary of the first map south to the state line. Specifically, the area encompassed is from the southern Juab County line east to Price and south to the Utah/Arizona state line. The Utah/Nevada state line is the west boundary and the east boundary is a line from Price south to Rainbow Bridge National Monument. This map covers Latilong cells 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, and 21 and the south half of 9, 10, and 11.

Bird habitats in the area are very diverse and include the physiographic regions of Mojave Desert, Great Basin, Rocky Mountain Extension (Wasatch), and Colorado River Plateau. Generalized vegetation types, from lower to higher elevation, include Joshua tree, blackbrush, saltbrush, sagebrush, pinyon-juniper woodland, lowland and mountain riparian, mountain shrub, pine forests, aspen, spruce-fir forests, and alpine. Cliffs and rock outcrops are abundant. Several lakes and reservoirs provide open water. The elevation ranges from 2,500 feet where the Virgin River exits Utah to over 12,000 feet in the Tushar Mountains.

The habitat diversity provides distinct and varied birding opportunities. We invite birders from our own backyard and from around the world to experience the wonderful opportunities described in these Southwest Utah birding hotspots.

The map shown on the Southwest Utah Map & Key page is a much-reduced and modified version of the full-color Southwest Utah Birding Trails print map , that locates and describes in detail many popular birding places in southwestern Utah. These locations represent only a selection of what this area has to offer and highlight the variety of habitats and birds of the area.

The birding sites are indicated by numbers on the map showing their approximate locations. Below the map are links to descriptions of the numbered areas. For all sites you will find information on expected birds, habitat, best season to visit, location (including GPS coordinates) and land ownership information. Information about restroom availability and entrance fees are provided when known.

To help you find a specific bird, below the map and site directory is a listing of Utah birds along with the numbers of the locations at which they are likely to be found.

You can purchase a full-size print copy of the Southwest Utah Birding Trails map by mail for $3.00, including postage and handling. There is an order form that you can use HERE.

If you're in Ogden, you can purchase the map at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 W 12th St, Ogden.

Continue your tour by going to the Southwest Utah Map & Key page.

Comments, suggestions and corrections are welcome at bkevans4@comcast.net

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