Alta is now closed to uphill traffic as we prepare the mountain for opening day on Friday 11/23. Access to Catherine's pass via the summer road is still allowed.


Last updated: 11:00AM 11/18/2018

HawkWatch Bird of Prey Show & Hike

HawkWatch Bird of Prey Show & Hike

Friday, July 20, 2018
1:00pm to 3:00pm

sleeping owl in tree

Join the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation and the Alta Environmental Center for the bi-weekly HawkWatch Bird of Prey Show and hike at Alta in July and August. We will meet at the Albion Grill at 1:00 pm for a short presentation on bird prey show, attendees are welcome to join a naturalist hike to learn how these incredible birds use Alta's natural resources and survive in our mountainous environment. Each hike will focus on a different theme and led by an expert naturalist from TreeUtah, Tracy AviaryCottonwood Canyons FoundationFriends of Alta, and the Alta Environmental Center

July 6 – nature/ecology walk led by Cottonwood Canyons Foundation
July 20 – nature/ecology walk led by Friends of Alta
August 3 – nature/ecology walk led by Alta Environmental Center
August 17 – nature/ecology walk led by TreeUtah
August 31 – nature/ecology walk led by Tracy Aviary

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A hawk watch is a systematic and organized effort to collect standardized migration count data about diurnal raptors.  HawkWatch International records species identities of sex, age and color morph, numbers quantities, and behaviors of seasonal migrant raptors.  We also collect data on weather and observation conditions.  Several of our HawkWatch sites also conduct trapping and banding operations, giving visitors the opportunity to see a live raptor up-close before it is released back on its migration journey south.

Their annual migration research data is publicly shared with several partners, including HawkCount and the Raptor Population Index, to contribute to the effective conservation of migratory raptors through continent-wide long-term monitoring of raptor migration, scientifically sound assessments of population status, and public outreach and education.

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