Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Updated tour availability for Spring Wings Festival--4/23/14

Just a few more days and a few more spots available... reserve your seats before the weekend at                 

Here’s the updated tour availability:

“Amazing Birds of Prey”--Friday, April 25: 19 remaining seats Admission: $8 = 12yrs and over; $3 = under 12yrs.

Saturday, April 26:

Meander the Morning Marsh Canoe Float Tour--Saturday, April 26: 6:30-11am 
9 seats $30 
Wild for the Woodies!  7:30 – 10:30am;
3 seats left; $30   

Wander the Wetlands 7am – 10am; 3 seats left; $20

Birding the Historic Haunts of Fallon 4pm – 7pm; 5 seats left; $20

Meander the Sunset Marsh Canoe Float Tour 4pm – 7:30pm; 7 seats left; $30

Wild for the Woodies! 4pm – 7pm; 20 seats left; $20

Wander the Wetlands 4pm – 7pm; 5 seats left; $20

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

News for Saturday's Spring Wings Festival

Free Family Fun at the Spring Wings Festival, Saturday April 26 10am - 4pm, at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in the multipurpose building! Enjoy, learn and have fun with many hands-on crafts and activities hosted by area agencies and groups.
11:30am - Have lunch with a wood duck family as you watch their amazing life journey in this PBS/Nature HD film "An Original Duck-u-mentary" 

1:30pm - Visit with experts from Cabela's to learn how to properly fit and use binoculars and scopes, including the latest in HD vision! 

4:30pm - Join us for a very special presentation by Jenni Jeffers, NV Dept of Wildlife biologist as she introduces you to the Valley Vultures (with a live Turkey vulture to meet up close!)

Raffles and door prize drawings for bird feeders, garden art, framed art, Vortex binoculars and more will conclude what is planned to be a great Migration Celebration weekend!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fallon Best Western Inn to offer Spring Wings Discount

The Best Western/Fallon Inn will offer a

15% discount when you mention Spring Wings!

It is located at:
1035 W. Williams Ave. in Fallon, NV

Call 775-423-6005 for more information or go to:
 Don't forget to visit to participate in this year's festival. Sign up for tours! Less than 10 days until the events begin!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Updated Spring Wings Tour Availability as of 3-27-14

Although there is plenty of room left on most tours, the following tours have 5 seats or less:
Wild for the Woodies! on Saturday, April 26, from 7:30 – 10:30am; 3 seats left; $30
Wander the Wetlands on Saturday, April 26, from 7am – 10am; 5 seats left; $20 
Wander the Wetlands on Saturday, April 26, from 4pm – 7pm; 5 seats left; $20
Don't delay! Reserve your seats today and be sure to check out the other tours we're offering. Plenty of room to accommodate the whole family! Go to and click on the Spring Wings Brochure link on the right-hand side. Email to reserve your seats and receive an invoice through PayPal.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Friday Evening Show at Spring Wings

We're presenting another exciting program on Friday evening this year!

The show will be presented by Master Falconer Marie Gaspari-Crawford, one of the few female falconers in the western region. Marie shares her lifetime passion for these intelligent, beautiful birds and will show how this sport of Kings has progressed into the 21st century.

Doors open at 5:30pm with a social hour and snacks provided with paid admission. Courtesy of Friends of Stillwater NWR.

Admission: $8 = 12yrs and over; $3 = under 12yrs.
Limited seating available for this live-bird program. 
Reserve your spaces at:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Historic Haunts!

Don't miss out on our brand new tour: Birding the Historic Haunts of Fallon!
Enjoy Fallon’s hidden, historic past by mule-drawn wagon. Catch glimpses of many spring-migrant songbirds as you take a leisurely ride down memory lane.
For all levels of birders and history buffs alike.
10 seats remaining: Saturday, April 26 from 4 – 7pm. Only $20/seat.

Go to for more information.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wild for the Woodies--A Spring Wings Favorite!

If you're not sure which tour to sign up for, how about Wild for the Woodies!
Travel along the Carson River with Project Director Chris Nicolai and Research Biologists Ben Sedinger and Walker Price as they teach you about the ecology, research, banding, trapping, and monitoring of these beautiful and unique ducks!
There are two tours to choose from: a morning and an afternoon. Click on the Brochure link to the right of the page on  to take part in this inspiring spring event!
$30 for the morning--7:30-10:30 (van), $20 for the afternoon 4:00-7:00 P.M. (carpool)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Spring Wings Registration is Available for 2014

Registration for the 2014 Spring Wings Festival is up and running!

Just click on the 2014 Spring Wings Festival Brochure link on the right-hand side of the page to check for current availability alongside detailed tour descriptions. Then, send us an email at with the total number of seats you'd like along with the tour name and time, and we will send you a PayPal invoice. Make sure to check your Spam folder in case the invoice seems lost. Your seats will be reserved for 24 hours. If you don't pay within that time, we cannot guarantee their availability.
Seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. I will warn you that Tuesdays are packed for the web manager, so if you submit a request Tuesday, you may not receive an invoice until late Wednesday. So don't worry--if you requested first, you will get your seats first.

Thanks for your patience and we're looking forward to seeing you all this year!

Keep checking the Spring Wings Blog ( for the latest information.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Spring Wings on National Geographic

Spring Wings, our very own Friends of Stillwater Group, the Refuge, and Fallon are featured in this month's National Geographic online magazine. There are some amazing photographs on the site as well as an interesting article.
Check it out by clicking on the following link: Spring Wings Nat Geo Link

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Spring Wings Fest 2014 Details

Good News Fellow Birders!
We hope to open registration for this year's festival by February 28. In the meantime, we have a few more details concerning this year's festival.
We plan to offer a FREE Wood Duck Nest Box Workshop on Friday afternoon. During this time, families will be able to build their own nest box while learning about the program. They will also enjoy the opportunity to watch an air cannon trapping demo at the Churchill County Fairgrounds!
On Friday evening, the Lady Falconers will be presenting Amazing Birds of Prey.
As far as new tours and events this year...we are pleased to announce Vultures of the Valley presented by NDOW Nongame Biologist Jenni Jeffers. This presentation will take place Saturday afternoon and will highlight migrating turkey vultures.
We are also pleased to announce the Historic Fallon Tour led by horse-drawn wagon! Participants on this low-impact tour will enjoy learning about the history of the area along with viewings of the area spring migrants hiding out along the way.

Some old favorites we're pleased to offer once again are the Wood Duck Study Tour on Saturday along the Carson River as well as Meander the Marsh. This year, the float tours will take place on the private Canvasback Duck Club! We plan to offer two tours--one early Saturday morning along with a sunset float on Saturday evening. We're really excited about these two tours. They typically sell out quickly, so don't delay in reserving your spots. We also plan to offer the Carson Lake Shorebird Tour Saturday afternoon.

One Saturday afternoon, Cabelas will be giving an expanded optics workshop. The PBS Nature program will also be showing an Orignal Duck-u-mentary family movie. Kids wild crafts and outdoor projects will also be available for people of all ages to enjoy.

It's going to be a great year! We can't wait! Stay informed at