The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is a Birder's Paradise
An easy drive from our Logan, Utah apartments is a 74,000-acre birder's paradise.
We're talking about the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, and it was established in 1928.
It's nestled along the eastern edge of the Pacific Flyway as well as the western edge of the Central Flyway, making it an important feeding, nesting, and resting area for birds in both flyways.
More than two hundred species visit the refuge including:
American White Pelicans
With a nine-foot wingspan, American white pelicans are one of the largest birds in North America. They're majestic in the air and are identified by their snowy white body feathers and black flight feathers that are only visible when the wings are spread. These birds feed on the water's surface and do not plunge-dive like brown pelicans.
Black-necked stilts are tall, lanky shorebirds with pink legs. They display black feathers on top and white ones underneath and are often spotted foraging in shallow water wetlands. Listen for the sharp yipping call they make continuously when disturbed.
The deep waters along the northern boundary of the refuge provide important habitat for tundra swans. They have white feathers and a black beak, and can easily take off from land or water. While in the air, their necks are extended while their legs trail behind. Both males and females entertain bird watchers with a "kuk-kuk" call.
Cinnamon teals are small, brightly colored birds found in ponds throughout the West. Breeding males have a deep brownish-red body, while females and non-breeding males have a coarsely marked brown body. They feed on seeds and aquatic vegetation and nest on the ground near water.
The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is just one of the attractions near our apartments in Logan. If you are searching for a place to call home, please contact us to arrange a tour. We would love to show you firsthand all our community has to offer.