International Center

International Center Pond   by Milt Moody    İMilton G. Moody

Location: Between Wright Brothers Drive (4800 W but here is no sign to tell anyone that) and 5600 West, from Interstate 80 to about 600 North. (just west of Salt Lake International Airport)

Description: There are two major east-west roads through the center, Amelia Earhart, and Harold Gatty, which both go from one end of the center to the other. There are several other smaller east-west streets as well as a number of north-south streets. The area is comprised of over 500 acres of space, most of which is in the form of 90+ buildings and warehouses. Between 1979-1987 a landscaping plan by Landmark Development was undertaken. Work included development of Landscape Recommendations and Planting Specifications for one of the harshest landscape conditions in the country. In the end the area had 100's of trees and shrubs planted, creating an oasis on the southern edge of the eastern half of the Great Salt Lake.
The area works as a migrant trap during fall migration funneling lots of southbound migrants into the area. Two of the most productive areas to look for birds are:

1. The "T" intersection of Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh Drives. There are some very large Cottonwoods, as well as conifers, and numerous other species of trees and shrubs here that are often brimming with birds.

2. North of the "Compeq" building. This building lies at the corner of Harold Gatty and John Glenn on the far northwest side of the park. Take 5600 West north to Harold Gatty and turn left. Follow the road till it "T's" at John Glenn and turn right. Follow the road till it dead ends and park. The line of conifers to the right (east) of the road is often a very productive spot.

However, there are typically birds throughout the area and plenty of different places to check. The best time to view birds in the area is between August 15th and October 15th during fall migration. Visiting on weekends provides the best opportunities to look around as most of the business are closed. However, evenings are also a good time to bird the area.

Birds: Merlin, Swainson's Hawk, Northern Harrier, Great Horned Owl, Red-naped Sapsucker, Empidonax Flycatchers, Hermit and Swainson's Thrush, Townsend's Warbler as well as most other common Utah warblers, Western Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, and other migrants. In the evenings, large flocks of White-faced Ibis can be seen flying south over the area (sometimes numbering in the 100's, and low 1,000's). Besides the normal migrants a number of vagrants have been seen here, including: PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LEAST FLYCATCHER, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Over 80 species of bird have been recorded at this location in the fall.

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