Friday, September 17, 2010

Kokanee Day is September. 18

Photo by Ron Stewart

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will host Kokanee Salmon Day at Sheep Creek on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010 at the Scenic Byway turnout where Sheep Creek crosses under Highway 44. Biologists will be on site between 10:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. with display materials to help viewers see the fish and interpret the kokanee's behavior.

Bring your camera and your binoculars. At Sheep Creek, Kokanee Day often becomes Wildlife Day as bighorn sheep and other wildlife species are frequently seen from the site. The biologists often have their spotting scopes on these majestic animals or can tell you where they are.

Occasionally other big mammals come down to visit and birds of prey like golden eagles, kestrels, osprey and vultures are frequent visitors. Participants often hear Sandhill cranes as they fly over and report seeing a large variety of smaller mammals and birds.

Between the drive along one of Utah's first National Scenic Byways with its spectacular scenery and 18 interpretive sites, usually nice fall weather, leaves turning color, watchable wildlife and a great kokanee viewing opportunity, it is well worth the time to visit.

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