Friends’ Newsletter

November 2018

What has been happening —

  • September and October were very busy months for the Friends Educational Outreach program.
  • During September we met with virtually every 4th grader (nearly 1,800 kids) in Cache and Logan School Districts to teach them to appreciate and understand the variety and importance of wetlands to migratory birds through the Migration Matters activity. We were part of a USU-sponsored annual event called Natural Resource Days.
  • In November we partnered with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources at Hardware Ranch for the first stage of Mountain Wilds to Wetland Wonders. We used the top of the watershed at Hardware Ranch’s Curtis Creek as our outdoor classroom. We introduced the 4th graders from Box Elder County (over 800 kids plus perhaps 50 parents) to the tiny world of Macro-invertebrates, the Amazing Journey and complexity of the water cycle and a Discovery Walk to observe first-hand the diversity of life in this high country ecosystem.
  • November is already shaping up to be productive month as well.
  • Monday, November 5th we participated in the STEM Symposium at the Davis Conference Center. We used the highly interactive Beaks and Bills activity which was a hit!
  • We also participated in the Elk Fest at Hardware Ranch on Saturday, December 8th from 10:00-2:00. We created pine cone bird feeders with the kids and families in attendance.
  • On Saturday, November 10th we held a training at the Refuge from 11:00-12:00 to introduce avid birders and aspiring birders alike to use and participate in Cornell University’s FeederWatch program.
  • Additionally, we have five onsite visits involving two charter schools and over 200 students plus parents during the month.
  • Our ongoing pre-school Wetland Wings program will be exploring Owls during the month of November as well.

What is coming up —

  • We have been approved for a Birding 101 class at Utah State University next June for their highly successful Summer Citizens Progam.
  • And, yes, we still have a secret project in the works which will enhance your viewing opportunities on the Auto Loop! Stay tuned for more information.

In Conclusion:

Every week we are getting more and more requests for these types of activities, all of which are sponsored and paid for by the Friends of the Bear River Refuge. If you would like to help us out, please go to the “Join Us” page on our website at and you will find all the information about becoming a member there. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Thank you very much for your attention!


Colleen Castillo

Executive Administrator

Friends of the Bear River Refuge


Bryce Passey

Environmental Education Specialist

Friends of the Bear River Refuge

Happy Holidays to All


Thanks for your support