The RINS Business Social has grown to four venues to support statewide expansion of the project. Salt Lake is hosted at the RINS Office in Sandy, Utah. It is held the first Saturday after the Labor Day Holiday in September. The Cedar City & St. George Business/Social is held the first Saturday in October, and the Moab Business Social is held the last week of October.
The Salt Lake gathering took place September 8, 2018. We had a great turnout with 70 people joining us for delicious Fratelli’s Italian food. We also had a really interesting business meeting with great stories from the field this year including a successful effort to place 20 orphaned barn owl nestlings into a dozen active barn owl nests. Expert barn owl handler Darin Day and two RINS volunteers placed the young owls into their new nests on April 22, 2018. All birds fledged the nests. We also had a red-tailed hawk out of the nest and RINS volunteers captured it and took to WRCNU in Ogden where they got the bird back to good health and released her.
The first Cedar City Business Social we had a presentation with live birds of prey thanks to Martin & Susan Tyner who own and manage the Southwest Wildlife Foundation www.gowildlife.org. We had 30 people join us for a fascinating evening with Martin’s beautiful birds.
On Saturday September 17, 2016. The weather was warm along with the wonderful people who attended. RINS held a second Business Social in Moab, Utah on November 4, 2016. We met for the business meeting at the Holiday Inn then headed to Fiesta Mexicana for dinner and social event.
We had a very enjoyable RINS Social at the RINS Office in Sandy, Utah on September 13, 2014 . The Dodo Restaurant donated delicious appetizers for our group of 65 people. Rico Catering provided the main course and dessert along with a server to make sure everyone got what they needed. The evening weather was warm and the sounds from the nearby stream enhanced the setting. Everyone had a nice time socializing and learning about our remarkable effort afield this year.
The Miner’s Hospital in Park City, Utah was the venue for our 2013 End of Season Business/Social. Rico Catering provided hors d’oeuvres and a wonderful Mexican dinner. Sixty RINS volunteers attended the party where we enjoyed conversation, friendship and a wonderful rain storm to help cool us off after the heat wave we’ve all been experiencing this summer.