Discover Davis, Utah’s Amusement Capital, is pleased to once again welcome you to the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival in beautiful northern Utah, where birdwatchers will find unique and exciting opportunities to observe many different birds in their natural habitat. Davis County is home to Great Salt Lake, a major North/South migration route for more than 250 bird species, making it one of the top places for birders to catch unique glimpses of our many feathered friends.
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival attendees will have the distinct opportunity to go beyond the habitats and trails of this premier birding location with trips that take them around the Wasatch Front to areas with open water, shores of fresh and saline lakes, sagebrush foothills and, depending on weather, to aspen and evergreen forests. We are pleased to offer over 27 field trips during this year’s festival, each designed to create a uniquely different experience. Some trips even offer exclusive access to areas that cannot be visited by the general public. Attendees will be able to experience some of Utah’s most beautiful State Parks, State Wildlife Areas, and National Refuge areas.
While we missed hosting you in 2020, we look forward to providing you with a top tier Festival experience this year in a safe and socially distanced manner. With precautions in mind, we will say goodbye for 2021 to large group gatherings, bus tours, and in-person workshops. Field trips will have smaller attendee capacities and will be self-drive only to adhere to safety regulations. The safety of our attendees, volunteers, and partners is of the utmost importance, just as we look to protect the birds and the land they call home if only for a short while on their migratory path. When the time is right, we look forward to returning to the Festival activities and experiences we are all used to in the future.
Our event headquarters will be the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Wildlife Education Center at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. Located on the edge of Great Salt Lake, here you’ll discover a birder’s paradise at one of the greatest natural locations in Utah. The Wildlife Education Center will not be filled with workshops and informational booths in 2021, although some of our field trips will begin here. We also encourage everyone to support the Center and explore the area on their own time, as we believe you will not be disappointed.
We hope you will join us this year for another great Festival. Happy Birding!
Please be aware of the following COVID-19 protocols:
All 2021 field trips are “drive your own vehicle”. There will be no bus transportation available. We strongly encourage attendees to not carpool with others outside of your household.
Face masks are mandatory throughout the Festival.
Temperature checks and a verbal symptom check will be conducted at the beginning of each field trip during check-in with the trip leader.
Please adhere to the minimum 6 foot social distancing guidelines while on field trips and interacting with fellow Festival attendees, volunteers, and staff.
Hand sanitizer will be available, however we encourage frequent handwashing and keeping personal sanitizer with you during Festival activities.
Participants who have tested positive within 2 weeks of the festival or who are currently experiencing COVID-19, cold or flu like symptoms must refrain from participating (full field trip refund will be made if this applies).
Participants are asked to refrain from sharing equipment with one another.
GREAT SALT LAKE BIRD FESTIVAL
RELEASE, WAIVER OF LIABILITY, AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT
In consideration and as a condition of being permitted to participate in the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival or enter upon, use, and/or remain upon or within the premises, facilities, vehicles, or equipment owned and operated by Davis County, the undersigned, acknowledges, confirms, and agrees as follows:
For the purpose of this instrument:
a. “Bird Festival Activity or Event” means any trip, activity, undertaking and/or gathering, conducted, associated with or occurring during or associated with the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival.
b. “Related activity or event” includes, but is not limited to, driving, riding in or upon boarding or exiting a vehicle or trailer; moving, lifting, loading or unloading any equipment, people, gear, or other items; preparing any equipment, gear, trailer or vehicle, or practicing for engaging or participating in the activity or event.
c. “Property damage” means damage, destruction, and or incapacitation to any physical property, real property or chattel.
d. “Injury” means bodily or other personal injury, sickness or death.
The undersigned applies to Davis County for permission to participate in the Davis County Bird Festival or enter upon, use, and/or remain upon or within the premises, facilities, vehicles, or equipment owned and operated by Davis County for the purpose of engaging or participating in a Davis County Bird Festival activity or event, including any related activities or events.
The undersigned is aware of, and agrees to fully comply with, all of the rules and regulations of the Davis County Bird Festival during the participation, entry, use, and presence of the undersigned upon, on, or within the activities, premises and facilities and engagement and participation in the said event or activity.
Prior to signing this release, waiver of liability, and indemnity agreement, the undersigned has had the opportunity to personally make inquiries and obtain all relevant and sufficient information and advice, including legal advice, about the nature, risks, and details of above-described activity, event, or related activities or events.
The undersigned acknowledges and confirms that the decision to engage in or participate in the said activity or event and to sign this release, waiver of liability, and indemnity agreement is a voluntary decision and act on the part of the undersigned.
The undersigned herewith agrees to release and waive any and every claim for liability which the undersigned may have against Davis County, the Davis County Bird Festival, and any of the officers, employees, agents, representatives, and volunteers of Davis County or the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival arising from any injury or sickness to the undersigned or any other person or damage to the property of the undersigned or any other person resulting from the participation, entry, use, and presence of the undersigned on, upon, or within the property, premises or facilities of Davis County or from the engagement or participation of the undersigned in said activity or event.
The undersigned herewith agree and promise Indemnify and hold Davis County, the Davis County Bird Festival and its respective officers, agents, officials and employees, and volunteers harmless and release them for and from any liability, costs or expenses arising from any action, causes of action, claims for relief, demands, damages, expenses, costs, fees, or compensation, whether or not said actions, causes of action, claims for relief, demands, damages, costs, fees, expenses and/or compensations are known or unknown, are in law or equity, and without limitation, all claims of relief which can be set forth through a complaint or otherwise that may arise out of the acts or omissions, negligent or otherwise of the undersigned and/or his/her/their officers, agents, officials, members, employees, and volunteers, or any person or persons.
This release, waiver of liability, and indemnity agreement constitutes an exculpatory contract between the parties which will deny the undersigned the right to recover damages from Davis County, the Davis County Bird Festival, and any of the officers, employees, agents, representatives, and volunteers of Davis County or the Davis County Bird Festival for damages or injury which might occur from the entry, use, and presence of the undersigned on, upon, or within the premises and facilities of the Davis County Events Center or the engagement or participation of the undersigned in the said activity or event.
Permission granted by this agreement for undersigned to participate in, enter upon, use and remain upon the premises and facilities of Davis County is conveyed solely to the undersigned and said permission may not be transferred, assigned or used by any other person or organization other than the undersigned. Failure to comply with this restriction may result in the revocation of the permission granted under this agreement.
The approval of this instrument and agreement by Davis County for itself and on behalf of the Davis County Bird Festival, and any of the officers, employees, agents, representatives, and volunteers of Davis County is subject, in part, upon the following information provided by the undersigned.