By late fall, most of the grasses and brush on Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge have died back for the year. However, the fading color on the ground is replaced by dramatic winter skies and wetlands filled with thousands of migrating birds.
After a long, hot summer, fall foliage began to appear around Northern Utah at the end of September.
Utah biologists roam the wetlands of Monte Cristo in search of boreal toads. Boreal toad populations have been shrinking around the West. The large toads are difficult to study, but Utah scientists are trying to get a better idea of how local populations are doing.
In between the city of Ogden and the summits of the Wasatch Range sits Malan’s Peak. The summit of the rocky triangular peak rises above Central Ogden to a height of just under 7,000 feet.
Despite a 2,000 foot climb, the Malan’s Peak Trail is popular during the summer as it winds through thick evergreens over cool creeks.
The thimbleberry blooms between May and July and can be along trails near Powder Mountain Road in Eden. The flower is shown on June 6, 2016. (LORETTA PARK/Standard-Examiner)Story by LORETTA…
The 19th annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival kicked off on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The event features 50 field trips, workshops and lectures covering wild birds throughout Northern Utah. One of the first trips was Thursday’s Owl Prowl on Antelope Island.
Joel Hatch, left, and Aric Manning record an episode of the TrailManners podcast from Manning’s Volkswagen van on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The Ogden-based podcast focuses on the world of…
Standard-Examiner visuals editor Sarah Welliver took advantage of the warm Utah weather to hike up the Frary Peak trail Sunday, March 19, 2017, on Antelope Island State Park. A 360 camera took more than 2,000 photos over a span of a little more than an hour.
Gunnison Island rises out of the purse salty waters of the north arm of the Great Salt Lake. Few people visit the remote location except for a few scientists who periodically come out to study the massive flocks of pelicans.
Although this year’s unusually wet February created challenges around Northern Utah, one group has been enjoying all of the water. Despite freezing temperatures and icy water, kayakers have begun racing through the high water rapids in Ogden Canyon.
For the past three weeks, Pineview Water Systems has been releasing water from Pineview Dam at a rate that hasn’t been seen in years. This creates larger and more technical rapids, especially in the stretch of the Ogden River known as The Narrows near the mouth of the canyon. This 1.4-mile stretch of river is considered a Class V run when the water reaches such heights. American Whitewater describes Class V as “extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to added risk.”
Further upstream, the Ogden River is a more relaxed, but still technical route, with pockets of Class III and IV rapids spread amongst the homes and lodges.
Biologists with the state’s Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program study the iconic body of water on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. The lake has been shrinking for years, and the changes could have large impacts on the environment and surrounding communities.
When the snow begins to fall in Ogden, the quickest way to escape into the winter wilderness is by heading to the trails along the Ogden Bench.