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Outdoor notebook: Catch the bison roundup on Antelope Island

Published October 3, 2008 6:45 pm

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The 22nd annual Bison Range Ride and Roundup on Antelope Island is Oct. 22-24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily or until the animals are all in the corrals.

The public is invited to watch as volunteer horseback riders move the bison from the southern tip of the island to the handling facility on the north end of the state park.

Visitors may view the riders and bison from the east-side road leading to the Fielding Garr Ranch. A complete and sweeping view of the action is available from a safe distance. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars for a closer view.

If necessary, helicopters will be used on Saturday, Oct. 25, to gather any stragglers and complete the roundup. The public may view the helicopter push from the east-side road and from Buffalo Point.

From Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, visitors may watch as bison are weighed, blood-tested, inoculated and scanned between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. All bison have a microchip implanted behind the ear, which serves as permanent identification and stores the animal's health history.

On Nov. 8, excess bison will be sold in order to keep the population within the carrying capacity of the island's available forage. The sale is held at the Antelope Island State Park bison corrals. Sale animals may be viewed beginning at 8 a.m., with the sale beginning at 10 a.m. Call 801-773-2941 for more information.

Climb4Life

The seventh annual HERA Women's Cancer Foundation Climb4Life, hosted by Black Diamond Sept. 18-21 in Salt Lake City, raised more than $100,000 for ovarian cancer research and awareness. Eighty-five percent of the money will fund scientific and community grants as well as awareness initiatives. Two Utah-based organizations will benefit: Woman2Woman, and the Utah Ovarian Cancer Care Initiative.

State Board meets

The State Parks and Recreation Board will meet Oct. 9, 1:30-5:30 p.m., at Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, 660 W. 400 North, Blanding. The public is welcome to attend. Main topics include off-highway vehicle rule changes, motorized and nonmotorized trail grants, and golf fee increases at Wasatch Mountain State Park.

Fall ball

Take a step back in time to a 19th-century evening of dining and dancing in the historic Fairfield Schoolhouse at Fairfield's Camp Floyd State Park and Museum Nov. 7 from 5 to 10 p.m. There will be period music by the Frayed Knot String Band and dance instruction calling by Mike Cottle. A traditional dinner is served and prepared by the Utah Territorial Civilian Commission. Cost of admission is $60 per couple and pre-registration is required. The event is limited to 15 couples. Period attire not required. For more information or to register, please call 801-768-8932.

Snowbird president and owner honored

Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort owner Richard D. Bass and president Bob Bonar were honored by the National Forest Foundation for their conservation leadership at a reception and dinner at Park City's Silver Lake Lodge on Oct. 4. Snowbird was the first ski resort in the nation to partner with NFF in establishing a Ski Conservation Fund. Snowbird has contributed more than $120,000 to the fund.

Orienteering

The Orienteering Club of Utah is hosting two free events in October.

On Oct. 11, 3-5 p.m., the club will meet at Jordan Parkway on 12300 South, Draper. On Oct. 25, the club will host a family event at Hidden Valley Park, 10000 Centennial Parkway, Sandy.

Orienteering is a sport involving navigation and speed as participants use maps full of colors, symbols and topographic lines to find six control sites as quickly as possible. Advanced racers might use a compass, be skilled at reading contour lines or be extremely physically fit. For more information on the sport and club events, visit http://www.o-utah.org or call 801-572-0500.

Star parties

The Salt Lake Astronomical Society is hosting free stargazing parties. Visit http://slas.us/ for more information.

Oct. 10 » Midvale Harmons, 7755 S. 700 East, at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11 » Winchester Park, Jordan River Parkway, 6400 S. 1200 West 10 a.m.-noon.

Oct. 11 » Stansbury Park Observatory Complex, http://www.slas.us for a map, at 7:30 p.m.

Birding

The Great Salt Lake Audubon will host a trip to the Provo River to check on fall birds on Oct. 8. Participants will need to bring snacks and water for the half-day event. Meet at 8 a.m. at the REI store at 3300 S. 3285 East, East Millcreek. Call Kathy Coleman 801-944-5773 if you plan to attend.

Ogden Nature Center

The Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St., Ogden, is offering the following classes. For more information and to register for classes, please call 801-621-7595.

Oct. 14, 6-8 p.m. » Make mittens from recycled wood with Jenny Frame. Included with cost of admission, $8 for members (ages 12 and up), $10 others. All supplies provided.

Oct. 24, 5-8 p.m. » Learn about such nocturnal animals as owls, spiders and snakes while sharing trailside treats, campfire songs, face painting and games. For all ages with regular admission. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

REI clinics

Steven Wesley Law's "Sink or Swim" documentary will be shown Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the REI Salt Lake store, 3300 S. 3285 East, East Millcreek, and Oct. 9, 7 p.m. at the Sandy store, 230 W. 10600 South. Law is an apprentice boatman who attempts to navigate his raft through North America's craziest whitewater. The high-definition documentary follows a group of Grand Canyon river guides in two oar boats and one motor boat for four days. After the screening, Law will answer questions. Free.

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