Research & Resources

"If you consider saline systems across the West, Great Salt Lake is the most important site in North America for aquatic bird communities. As an interior system, Great Salt Lake is arguably the most important single interior wetland site in North America."

- Don Paul, Great Basin Bird Conservation Region Coordinator

There's so much to learn about life on and around Great Salt Lake, as well as the organizations, programs and efforts at work to support increased awareness about its importance.

To help you get started, we have Great Salt Lake fact sheets, some choice weblinks to visit, and a page dedicated to other organizations and agencies working on the system. We hope these resources will expand your knowledge base about the Greater Great Salt Lake community.

 

Great Salt Lake Facts

Great Salt Lake supports a rich and dynamic biological system of regional, national and global importance. The amazing abundance of bird life at Great Salt Lake has earned its designation as a "Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve." Birds of regional, national and international significance are drawn to its 15,000 square miles…
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Why We Care

  • It is a desert of water in a desert of salt and mud and rock, one of the most desolate and desolately beautiful of regions. Its sunsets, seen across water that reflects like polished metal, are incredible. Its colors are of a staring, chemical purity. The senses are rubbed raw by its moonlike horizons, its mirages, its parching air, its moody and changeful atmosphere.

    Wallace Stegner, "Dead Heart of the West" in American Places, 1981