Matt and I had talked months and months (maybe years?) ago about visiting this bird refuge, but something I've discovered about myself is that unless I either have an activity planned for me (usually by my mom or sisters or husband's family) or I have made a new year's resolution to see/do something, I don't take the time to do it. And I stand by what I said earlier about this particular new year's resolution to take a day adventure every month---it can sometimes be stressful on the front end to plan, but I'm always SO glad we took the time and money in the end.
Saturday's adventure was no exception.
At first, we were just thinking of maybe visiting the museum and just driving to the head of the 12-mile loop (but not actually going around it since it's a one-way drive on a dirt road with no turning around, which is always a bit dangerous with a tired almost-one-year-old). But then--wonder of wonders--Raven fell asleep in her carseat, so we were able to take the 12-mile loop without too many reservations.
Best. Idea. Ever! (It's pretty much where we took almost all of our pictures!)
Although I'm sad that I kept missing the red-winged blackbirds that Matt kept spotting, I did manage to see a blue heron, some type of big crane, black-necked stilts (yes, I just had to look up the name), and a sweet-looking duck called a cinnamon teal. There were dozens more, but I'm so bad at remembering all the different names, so I just enjoyed the general splendor.
We followed up our trip with lunch at Maddox, the best place (by far) to eat in Brigham City. And the best part? The guy at the table next to ours kept Raven entertained the whole time, so the lunch ended up being drama-free.
A great day!
Quick Facts about Brigham City's Wildlife Bird Refuge:
Address: 2155 W Forest Street, Brigham City, Utah
Hours of Operation: the auto tour is open year-round (weather and road conditions permitting), but the visitor center has fixed hours (Tues-Fri from 8 - 5, Saturdays from 10 - 4)
Entrance Fee: None
Things to Do: visitor center/museum, 12-mile driving loop around the marshes, guided field tours and presentations on select days, hunting, fishing
Other Notes/Tips: The visitor center loans out binoculars, field guides, and even an audio tour to play in your car as you drive around the loop. Had we known we were for sure going to take the 12-mile drive, we definitely would have picked that up. Also, there's quite a few bugs out there, so be prepared to possibly get bitten or for sure to have your car window covered with them by the end. Oh, and definitely don't forget your camera! The views are stunning.
And now, for the rest of the picture dump -
Can't wait for April's adventure!