While attending DWR’s annual Bald Eagle Day in February, we learned that the DWR was going to host their first Loon Watch in early April. Being that Bryce is a big fan of loons, we put the event on our calendar and made plans to attend. The Loon Watch was held at Steinaker Reservoir outside of Vernal. Rather than making a long day trip out of the event, we opted to make a weekend of it and camped a couple of nights at the reservoir.
Though the event was not well attended by people, the loons came out in force – we saw upwards of 30! We also saw geese, osprey, herons, a variety of ducks, an oriole, red-winged blackbirds, and more. Our coming all the way from SLC just to see the loons made it to the local paper, photo and all. (See here.) We explored some backroads, visited Dinosaur National Monument, and wandered around Ouray National Wildlife Refuge.
It was such a beautiful and relaxing weekend full of exploring. We’ll definitely try and get back this fall to visit a few more sites that we missed. And, what a difference a real camera makes!