Three American Avocets take flight from a wetland.
Three American Avocets take flight from a wetland.
Gillmor Sanctuary

Audubon's Edward L. & Charles F. Gillmor Sanctuary

Protecting critically important shorebird habitat along Great Salt Lake
American Avocets. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
American Avocets. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Gillmor Sanctuary

Audubon's Edward L. & Charles F. Gillmor Sanctuary

Protecting critically important shorebird habitat along Great Salt Lake

Located along the southern shoreline of Great Salt Lake, Audubon’s 3,597-acre Gillmor Sanctuary provides vital habitat to vast numbers of shorebirds, waterfowl, and other migratory birds. It is an area of wide-open vistas and an abundance of wildlife attracted to wetlands and uplands restored and protected by Audubon. Gillmor Sanctuary includes adjacent land owned by the Utah Reclamation Mitigation Conservation Commission, that Audubon manages as well, known as the South Shore Preserve.

Gillmor Sanctuary provides nesting habitat for many bird species, such as American Avocet, Wilson’s Phalarope, Black-Necked Stilt, Cinnamon Teal, and Gadwall. Its saline mudflats provide essential resources for many migrating shorebirds, including Marbled Godwits, Least and Western Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitchers, and Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. The sanctuary also provides nesting and migratory habitat for many species of waterfowl and other waterbirds. In the upland habitat, Loggerhead Shrikes, Brewer’s Sparrows, Sage Thrashers, Burrowing and Short-eared Owls, and other species nest.

Amid rapid population growth, rising water demand, and climate change, protecting Great Salt Lake and its wetlands is critical to wetland bird conservation. Audubon’s goal at Gillmor Sanctuary is to provide diverse and healthy habitats for birds with a focus on managing saline mudflats as shorebird habitat. Through science-based adaptive management, we’re increasing number of waterbirds nesting, migrating, and wintering on the property and developing stewardship techniques that we share with other land managers and decision-makers to influence the future of Great Salt Lake and its wetlands.

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Great Salt Lake

Gillmor Sanctuary is part of the Great Salt Lake wetland ecosystem, a vital pathway for millions of nesting and migrating birds. Unfortunately, Great Salt Lake is drying up, threatening the survival of countless birds and the air quality of neighboring communities. Audubon is taking measures at Gillmor Sanctuary to understand the implications of climate change and a growing human footprint on shorebird habitat. Learn what else Audubon’s Saline Lakes Program is doing to secure a reliable water supply for Great Salt Lake and for the birds, businesses, and Utahns that depend on it.

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Saline Lakes Program

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To better protect people and birds, Audubon science makes the case for the U.S. government’s first coordinated regional assessment of Great Basin saline lakes.

Tackling Tamarisk at Gillmor Sanctuary
Gillmor Sanctuary

Tackling Tamarisk at Gillmor Sanctuary

Exploring how volunteers can help us restore bird habitat.

Opening the Floodgates
Gillmor Sanctuary

Opening the Floodgates

A look back on the 10-year anniversary of restoring water to South Shore Preserve.

Putting the Pieces Together
Gillmor Sanctuary

Putting the Pieces Together

Gillmor Sanctuary gains management of key shorebird habitat

Gillmor Sanctuary, the Inland Port, and the Line Between Them
Gillmor Sanctuary

Gillmor Sanctuary, the Inland Port, and the Line Between Them

A hopeful update on Audubon’s role in this critical Great Salt Lake conservation issue

Utah Joins Audubon Rockies
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Utah Joins Audubon Rockies

Gillmor Sanctuary and Utah Chapters are now part of Audubon Rockies.

The Tale of Gillmor Sanctuary
Gillmor Sanctuary

The Tale of Gillmor Sanctuary

Protecting critically important shorebird habitat at Great Salt Lake

Audubon Spotlight: Ella Sorensen Stewards the Birds of Great Salt Lake
Gillmor Sanctuary

Audubon Spotlight: Ella Sorensen Stewards the Birds of Great Salt Lake

The manager of Audubon's Gillmor Sanctuary in Utah, Sorensen restores and protects the habitat along one of our country's largest lakes.

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