City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

July 26, 2017

July 23rd

Filed under: American dipper — canopus56 @ 12:46 pm

Dapper Dipper

3:00 p.m. An American Dipper or Water ouzel (Cinclus mexicanus) is playing along the stream at mile 0.7. It darts tirelessly over the rocks and in and out of the stream with frenetic abandon. Both John Muir in his “Mountains of California” and Barnes in “Four Seasons” speak highly of the water ouzel as an entertaining and delightful bird to watch. Its reputation is reinforced by its pleasant song. For me, the American dipper is a metaphor for the modern rushed life. I see little difference between its life of frenetic activity in search of sustenance and the endless work people need to do in order to support themselves in a post-industrial hyper-marketing world. The dipper reminds to me to also some fun and sing along the way, no matter how hot the day may be.

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On July 23, 2011, a brush fire broke out at Bonneville Drive and City Creek Canyon. (Salt Lake Tribune). A young man turned himself into the Salt Lake City Police, admitted to setting three fires, including two in Memory Grove (id). He was charged with arson, convicted and later released (Salt Lake Tribune, July 31, 2011 and October 13, 2011). (On May 13, 2014, the man, who had mental health issues, was convicted of attempting to set another fire in Memory Grove.) On July 23rd, 2010, a 2 acre grass fire broke out in City Creek Canyon (Salt Lake Tribune). On July 29th, 2007, historian Ardis Parshall published a piece in the Salt Lake Tribune regarding Fisher Harris, a tourism promoter who in the early 1900s in conjunction with the Commercial Club hosted an annual three-day carnival festival at 200 South and 300 East. In the three day carnival, “Hatumai”, the Wizard of the Wasatch would descend from City Creek Canyon to host the carnival (id). “Hatumai” is “I am Utah” spelled backwards. On July 23rd, 2003, the Deseret News published a historical piece on the drought of 1931. During the 100 degree summer days, the hills north of 11th Avenue and City Creek Canyon were closed and patrolled to keep residents out due to fire danger. On July 23rd, 1938, a fire burned 50 acres on Ensign Peak and 100 acres near Fort Douglas (Salt Lake Telegram). On July 23rd, 1913, the first adobe manufacturing mill built on City Creek in 1847 was torn down (Salt Lake Telegram).

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