Almost 80 years ago (1935), Yalecrest resident Minnie W. Miller, president of the Miller and Viele realty/livestock firm and owner of the famed Thousand Springs Farm in Idaho, donated two acres which, along with city property and property acquired from the Herrick Construction Co., established the Miller Bird Refuge and Nature Park in memory of her late husband, Lee Charles Miller, an influential leader in Utah and Idaho livestock and farm mortgage lender industry.
The Miller Bird Refuge and Nature Park, 1706 E. 900 South in Salt Lake City, is a steeply-sloped four-acre riparian woodland surrounding Red Butte Creek and is a contributing resource in the Yalecrest Historic District. Walking under a shady tree canopy along the babbling Red Butte Creek while listening to a cacophony of birds always soothes the soul in this urban oasis. The park is an important wildlife corridor and waypoint for migrating neo-tropical birds including the hairy woodpecker, warblers and black-headed grosbeak. Its waters are also an important habitat for Bonneville cutthroat trout and the June sucker.
After many years of inconsistent water supply, eroding stream banks, loss of native tree, shrub and grass species and birds, trail degradation, and the further disturbance resulting from the 2010 Chevron Oil spill, the health and safety of the creek and park have been substantially compromised.