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Spring 2018 -- St George UT

Date:  April 24-26   

Agenda:  Attached below.  Download it now!!!!

Location:  St. George, UT     Map

Registration is $80 for the entire meeting (2 ½ days), or  $30/day.  Please, register in advance to help with planning, HERE! 


Getting There  

1.  Fly into Las Vegas, NV and drive 2 hours to St. George. 
2.  Fly into Salt Lake City, UT and drive ca. 4.5 hours (keep the Rockies on the left and the Great Basin on the right... so you head in the correct direction); carpooling is an option.
3.  Drive or be driven, Motorcycle/sidecar, Hitchhike, Ride a Bike, Horse, etc.  

Airport shuttles to St. George are available.  E.g. and .  There are others; google 'em. 

There will be at least one high capacity vehicle going from Salt Lake City. 

We have developed a logistics (car-pooling) spreadsheet, the link to that spreadsheet is HERE.   This spreadsheet is designed to assist with meeting space needs, travel planning and carpool rides to and from the airport and meeting location so please fill in your info. 


Best Western Coral Hills in St. George(435) 673-4844at the gvt. rate of $93/night for the week, and includes free wi-fi, and breakfast.  Reserve your room under the block called Western Working Group Partners in Flight, by March 23rd.   After that, the gvt. rate might not be honored.  So, register now, as you can always cancel for a full refund up to 72 hours before the meeting begins.


The meeting itself starts at 1:30 Tues, and 9-5 Wed/Thurs.  But, there will be a field trips Tues. morning, 7:00-11:30ish and Fri. all day.  So, make your travel plans accordingly.

Venue (it's not in the hotel)

We will meet at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Washington County Field Office, at: 451 N SR-318, Hurricane, UT 84737

It is located at Quail Creek Reservoir, which will provide for some good scenery and some walks and birding during breaks. 

It is about a 20 minute drive from the hotel; we will have maps at the reservation desk and carpool arrangements on the logistics spreadsheet.

The UDWR will have at least one high capacity vehicle, for driving to the meeting location and for field trips.

Connecting to Meeting Remotely


Call in #: 877-915-0610

Passcode: 245 9891# 



Lunches – Both days we’ll be doing lunch at the meeting site. PLEASE BRING CASH or your own food, if you prefer.  Lunches will be about $10 per day.

Wednesday – We’ll have pizza, with all your gluten-free options available, if needed.

Wednesday Group Dinner -- 5:30pm, near the Hotel.

Thursday – We’ll make sandwiches and salads.

Restaurants in Vicinity

Painted Pony

2 W St. George Blvd

$30 to 35 entrees




36 E Tabernacle St., St. George

$13 to 20 entrees



Rib and Chop House

1676 S Convention Center Dr., St. George

$17 to 30 entrees



Benja’s Thai and Sushi -- close to the hotel

2 W St. George Blvd


(They have an all you can eat buffet from 4:30 to 6:30)

Other Stuff

Partners, don’t forget your “Give Away Prizes!”  We always have a table of interesting t-shirts, quarts of beer, bottles of wine, hats, scarves and other interesting “birdy” items.  We use these incentives to get folks back in their seats after a break.  If your # is called, and your butt is in your seat, you get to go select a prize from the table!  Bring fun stuff!


Field Trips:

Tuesday April 24, 2018


We will meet at the hotel at 7:30 am.  We will tour the local birding hotspots around St. George, including the nature park and river parkway, as well as nearby Red Cliffs desert and reservoirs. We will have a chance for desert birds like cactus wren and roadrunner, waterbirds, gulls and shorebirds, as well as various riparian birds. The exact stops will depend on the local sightings. We will end the field trip at Quail Creek Reservoir to begin meeting..


Friday April 27, 2018


Departing the hotel at 7:00 am.  We will tour almost every habitat in Utah! We will start with birding near St. George and the Virgin River with riparian and desert species. We will work our way up in elevation from about 5,000’ to over 8,000’ through the day along the Kolob Terrace Road. We will visit the edge of Zion National Park. Scenery promises to be spectacular, from cactus to sagebrush to pinyon pine-juniper to aspen, fir, and pine. In addition to the usual suspects potential highlights are Black-chinned Sparrows, Lewis’ Woodpeckers, Lucy’s Warblers, and California Condors.


If you have specific questions on locations and species, contact Adam Brewerton!  He's our WWG hero and setting all this stuff up:


Adam Brewerton



Any other questions about the meeting or the  WWG, contact our ever-capable chair, Scott,,