And every year, as November blows in, hundreds of bald eagles fly into Utah. They stay until the ice starts to melt in March. Latest estimates put the number of visiting eagles in Utah at around 1,000. Utah is among the top 10 winter stops for bald eagles. Some years, it’s among the top five.
Held every February, the annual Utah Bald Eagle Day gives many children and adults the first - and maybe only - opportunity of their life to see a bald eagle close up in the wild. As many as 350 eagles have been spotted during a single Bald Eagle Day!
Originally held only at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, this yearly event has been expanded to include sites in central, northeastern and southwestern Utah. And this amazing experience is free. It’s a fantastic way to see the national symbol of the USA in its natural setting.
There are several other great winter viewing spots. The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Willard Bay. Areas near Henefer and Morgan. And the Flaming Gorge area.
There are high numbers of bald eagles in the Southern Region near Beaver and Cedar City. And I've seen them along the Wasatch Front. The Great Salt Lake is Utah's major corridor for eagles.
Utah also hosts many golden eagles. But golden eagles tend to be permanent residents. Bald eagles are transient. Moving in and out of the state throughout the year.
For current and updated information and a complete description of the bald eagle viewing sites, go to the Utah Division of Wildlife site and check the yearly calendar. Go to: