Urban Bird Festival


Thank you to all of our nonprofits, vendors, performers, and especially all of our visitors!  You all made Urban Bird Festival 2104 great, and we look forward to seeing you at UBF 2015!

May 10, 2014

9 am to 8 pm

Get ready to celebrate birds like never before!  This all-day festival features tons of local vendors, a day packed with activities, food on-site, and opportunities to learn and explore the birds and environment around you.  We’re open late for extra fun, workshops, and lectures to make this an exciting day for all ages.

$10 ages 13 and up
$5 ages 3-12
Free for kids 2 and under
Always free for Tracy Aviary Members



Featured Artist: Holly Cobb

Urban Bird Festival’s 2014 Featured Artist, Holly Cobb, challenged herself to draw 101 birds in 101 days.  The beautiful results of this challenge, along with more of her artwork, will be on display on the top floor of the Chase Mill during Urban Bird Festival.  Original prints from this series, and more, will be available for purchase at the gallery, and prints and cards of various sizes will be available both for purchase at Holly Cobb’s vendor booth as well as in Tracy Aviary’s Nature Store.  All proceeds from Holly Cobb’s sales are generously being donated to Tracy Aviary, so each purchase not only supports local artist, but also supports Tracy Aviary in its mission.

Holly Cobb will also be giving a lecture about her 101 Birds, 101 Days exhibition, Mono Murmuration, as well as a workshop for budding artists of all skill levels and ages.  More information and schedule coming soon.


Holly Cobb – Mono Murmuration: A vibrant and colorful display of 101 North American bird drawings made in 101 days exhibited alongside oil paintings of bird species featured at Tracy Aviary. This project was created with the intention of spurring conversations about birds and finding a way to produce art that will contribute to the health of our local society.

Urban Market

Local vendors will be setting up an Urban Market right in the middle of Tracy Aviary.  Come view handmade goods from local artists, craftsmen, craft food vendors, and more!

Learning Lawn

Meet some of Salt Lake City’s wonderful nonprofits and local entities working to make our area a better place both for us and the birds and animals that share it with us.  We are excited to have the Hogle Zoo, The Peregrine Fund, Great Salt Lake Audubon, and so many more!  In addition to nonprofits, there will be fun activities for all ages taking place on the Learning Lawn all day.  Come for Bird Yoga, cheer and hip-hop dance classes, and programs where you can get close with our birds.

Entertainment & Activities

801 FM is broadcasting live from Urban Bird Festival!  Throughout the day, come and experience more of Tracy Aviary’s fun and educational programs and activities than ever before.  Enjoy programs in our brand new Bird Show Theater, in addition to opportunities to get close with our birds throughout the day.  Join us at 4:00 for an exciting game of Jeop-Birdy!  There will be live music from local musicians and performances and classes from local dance companies.  Play on the Drum Bus, try out some anti-gravity yoga, and join Tracy Aviary’s own Tim Brown for a chance to check out Liberty Park’s wild birds in a high-powered spotting scope.  Kids of all ages can join the Chalk Art Zone and decorate Tracy Aviary’s sidewalks with their own works of art next to works by local professional chalk artists.

Workshops & Bird Talks

Dive deeper into your community and learn more about birds, our home environment, and about conservation projects around the world.  Workshops from Holly Cobb and Tracy Aviary staff are offered throughout the day, as well as lectures from Trish Nixon (The Peregrine Fund), Dan Potts (Salt Lake County Fish and Game), Leslie Rinaldi (Utah Open Lands), Ella Sorensen (Audubon Gillmor Sanctuary), and more.

12:00 – 12:30 – UOL Conservation Easements and the Preservation of Critical Bird Habitats

Leslie Rinaldi

Utah Open Lands

12:00 – 12:30 pm, Chase Mill main floor

Leslie Rinaldi has been a site survey volunteer for Utah Open Lands for about four years, during which time she has had the opportunity to conduct bird counts and property visits on some of Utah’s most beautiful lands.  An avid (but not expert) bird watcher, she enjoys hiking in the Wasatch and Uintas with a decent pair of binoculars and is a dedicated supporter of the conservation efforts of UOL and other organizations focused on preservation of wild lands and avian habitat.

1:00 – 1:45 – Birds, Binoculars & Books: Identifying Birds of Prey in the Wild


Trish Nixon

The Peregrine Fund, Boise Idaho

1:00 – 1:45 pm, Chase Mill main floor

Are you one of those people who has a hard time finding birds of prey in the field? When you see them, can you identify the differences between a Red-tailed hawk and a Swainson’s hawk?

Join Trish Nixon, a falconer and 16 year staff member at The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey as she guides you to the best habitats in which to find birds of prey, and gives pointers about identifying the birds you discover! Along with physical markings and hunting habits to help in identifying birds of prey, Trish discusses the use of binoculars & bird ID guides to help make the process easier and more rewarding.

A self admitted “bird nerd”, Trish has trained and worked with many types of birds, including eagles, hawks, owls and falcons. When not working with such birds, she travels and presents talks to people who want to know more about birds of prey, and how The Peregrine Fund helps to conserve these fascinating hunters of the sky.

2:00 – 2:30 – Tracy Aviary: Inspiring and Conserving

Park pic_Stephen SpeckmanCarolina Roa & Bryant Olsen

Tracy Aviary

2:00 – 2:30 pm, Education Space

Tracy Aviary: Inspiring and Conserving provides an overview of the Conservation Science Program at Tracy Aviary and highlights the local conservation projects that the program is currently developing in Salt Lake City and other adjacent cities. Special emphasis will be given to the importance of urban habitats to birds and other wildlife.

Carolina Roa leads the Conservation Science Program at Tracy Aviary and the citizen science project that monitor birds  since 2011. Her research interests involve integrating public participation in research, resource management, and education especially in the wildland-urban interface. Carolina is part of local and regional conservation groups (Jordan River Working Group and Western Working Group – Partners in flight, respectively).

2:30 – 3:15 – Workshop: Drawing is Seeing

Holly Cobb

HOOKWING, Salt Lake City, UT

2:30 – 3:15 pm, Chase Mill main floor

How to draw what you see and not what you think you see. Come practice some simple steps to help you sketch birds accurately and help you learn how to identify them through drawing.

Holly Cobb is a local artist who graduated from Utah State University with a BFA and will soon be pursuing her MFA at the University of Utah. Her artwork focuses on anthrozoology and exploring the visceral moments in our lives that define us as animals.

3:30 – 4:15 – The Spectacular Marvel of Wilson’s Phalarope Migration: A Hemispheric Phenomenon

Ella Sorensen

Audubon Gillmor Sanctuary

3:30 – 4:15 pm, Chase Mill main floor

Every year after nesting in wide spread areas to the north, hundreds of thousands of Wilson’s Phalaropes converge in the wetlands of Great Salt Lake.  Here they forage on brine flies almost doubling their weight before flying thousands of non-stop miles to winter in South America.  Ongoing censuses by Utah Division Of Wildlife Resources often count over 500,000  birds, a large percent of the world’s population,  at Great Salt Lake in June and July.  Recent research has identified Laguna Mar Chiquita in Northern Argentina as a wintering site for 500,000 phalaropes where they intermingle with a large population of Flamingos.  The presentation will focus on Wilson’s Phalarope natural history, migration strategies and National Audubon Society’s ongoing research project on Wilson’s Phalaropes at Great Salt Lake and Laguna Mar Chiquita.

Ella Sorensen manages the Audubon Gillmor Sanctuary, a 3000 acre wetland on the shoreline of Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake County and oversees the Wilson’s Phalarope Project.  She was a regular nature feature writer for Salt Lake Tribune and has authored many articles and books on Great Salt Lake and birds including Seductive Beauty of Great Salt Lake with photographer John George.

6:00 – 6:45 – An Ecological Perspective on “Wild” Birds of the Jordan River

Dan Potts

Salt Lake County Fish and Game Association

6:00 – 6:45 pm, Chase Mill main floor

Quick review of the more common bird species expected along the Jordan River including discussion (with audience participation) of their ecology and interactions with humans.

Dan Potts is a lifelong bird watcher and avid bird hunter; has a Master’s degree in aquatic ecology (fish); two-time past president of the Salt Lake County Fish & Game Association (88 year old non-profit); Non-consumptive Representative of the Utah State Wildlife Board for the Central Region; and is a member of the Jordan River Commission’s Technical Committee.

7:00 – 7:45 – Mono Murmuration

Holly Cobb

HOOKWING, Salt Lake City, UT

7:00 – 7:30 pm, Education Space

Marveling at the micro and macro world of avian species. There are so many of them, where to start. I think with North American birds. Why not make 101 of them in 101 days? Wait, how did this happen?

Holly Cobb is a local artist who graduated from Utah State University with a BFA and will soon be pursuing her MFA at the University of Utah. Her artwork focuses on anthrozoology and exploring the visceral moments in our lives that define us as animals.

Urban Bird Festival Partners

Head Start
Drum Bus – Rhythms of Life
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art – Art Truck
Hogle Zoo
The Peregrine Fund
Foothill Cultural District
Utah Open Lands
Blue Copper Roasters
Candy Everything
The Healing Touch Massage
Chris’ Total Fitness
2 Vagabonds Imports
Toaster Pastries
801 FM
Transfusion Dance
Asana Natural Arts
Bryan Kelly Illustrations
Butcher’s Bunches Handcrafted Preserves
Shimmy Mob Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County Watershed Planning
Imagination Place
Great Salt Lake Audubon
Maky Arts
Circles and Stones
Dan Potts – Salt Lake County Fish and Game
Jayme Terran Yoga
Joy Foundation