News & Events

Birds hit 280 planes at Salt Lake City’s airport last year. New federal rules seek a bigger bird-control zone.

27 February 2019
By Lee Davidson, Salt Lake Tribune   In November, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 767 carrying 223 passengers lifted off from Salt Lake City International Airport heading for Paris. But officials say six big tundra swans flew into it over the runway, crashing into its nose and engine covers. No…

Inland Port Public Engagement Meetings

19 February 2019
Envision Utah has been contracted to carry out "public engagement" for the Utah Inland Port.  The initial public open houses listed below are the first two scheduled.   Tuesday, February 19th | 6-8 p.m.State Fairgrounds – Zions Building155 N 1000 WSalt Lake City, UT 84116 Thursday, February 28th | 6-8 p.m.Franklin…

"Using remote cameras to validate estimates of nest fate in shorebirds" by Cavitt, Ellis, et al.

19 February 2019
A scientific paper, ""Using remote cameras to validate estimates of nest fate in shorebirds," by FRIEND, John Cavit, along with his student Kristen Ellis, and two other colleagues is one of three finalists for the best paper published in Ibis during 2018.  Click here to read the paper. Click here…

Employment Opportunity – Education Coordinator

14 February 2019
FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is seeking to hire an Environmental Education Coordinator.  Title: Environmental Education Coordinator Location: Salt Lake City, UT Status: Part-time, Year round Compensation: $10-$12 hourly FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake (FRIENDS) was founded in 1994. The mission of FRIENDS is to preserve and protect Great Salt…

SB 119 Legacy Parkway Truck Ban Extension

06 February 2019
Join FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake and Save Legacy Parkway on Thursday, February 7 from 4:00-5:00 PM at Utah State Capitol East Senate Building Room 215 as we rally support to extend the Legacy Parkway Truck Ban. Community organizers suggest we wear yellow to visibly show our support of the…

SLTrib: As Utah dries up, lawmakers look for smarter ways to transfer, use — and not use — water

29 January 2019
By Brian Maffly Will Utah have sufficient water in an era of declining stream flows to support a population expected to double, strong agriculture, recreation economies and a healthy environment? While that sounds like having your Diet Coke and drinking it, too, water policy honchos believe Utah can meet its…
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Why We Care

  • Several years ago I was enchanted by Alfred Lambourne’s romanticized paintings of the Great Salt Lake, so began my own quest to explore its islands and capture what I saw in quick, plein air, oil sketches.

    I made many day-trips to Black Rock and spent a significant amount of time camping on Stansbury and Antelope Islands, climbing their trails and swimming in their bays. My paintings became my diary as I observed the changing light and shadow on the rocks and water. The brine flies and gnats often hovered over my shoulder anxious to immortalize themselves in the sticky colorful oil paint.

    Kirk Henrichsen, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant