Thursday, February 26, 2015

Great new link for beginners to bird watching

We just added a new site under Birder Links tab: Thanks for the share from a fellow birder and her family!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Recent Stillwater Sightings

Wildlife and Bird Update February 28, 2015:
Stillwater NWR:

The refuge sanctuary along the Foxtail Lake driving tour route is holding the most visible bird numbers. Enter the route across from the Stillwater Pt. parking area. The one-way road is about 6 miles long, and exits onto Hunter Road.  The covered pavilion, tables, restroom, boardwalk, and viewing platforms are about 3 miles into the tour route. A viewing blind is located on the West shore of the first pond,  just beyond the pavilion; parking is on the south side of the road, and an easy 200yd walk leads to the blind.

Wildlife sightings from the public refuge tour on this date included the following:
(weather: 35F air temp, N wind, rain/sleet, overcast,  

Loggerhead Shrike
Great Blue Heron
Eared Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Clark's Grebe
Ruddy Duck
American Coot
Black-crowned Night Heron 
American White Pelicans;
Great Horned owl pair on nest north of restroom
Savannah sparrow
Marsh wren
RedWing blackbird
Northern Harrier
RedTail Hawk pair in cottonwood West of pavilion on tour route (old nest in tree)
Common Raven
American Tree Sparrow (somewhat uncommon species for this area)

Cottontail rabbit

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bird-watching Tips from the Couch

Someone shared this great article about bird-watching from home. Hope you find it useful!
Click here: Bird Watching from Your Window 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Wetlands and Wings Youth Workshop News


The Spring Wetlands and Wings youth workshop and hunt application period is closed. Twenty six youth (12 girls and 14 boys) were selected to participate in the March 2015 workshop and upland bird hunt. Photos and videos of the workshop and pheasant hunt will be posted here soon after the event.

Applications for the Fall 2015 youth outdoor workshop and hunt will be available in late August. The workshop (hopefully for waterfowl) date will be determined based on available water and waterfowl hunt areas on Stillwater refuge. 

We hope to provide outdoor opportunities for youth to become involved in various habitat and wildlife projects throughout the year. Those who have applied and/or attended a Wetlands and Wings workshop will be contacted for these projects as they become available.

Look for Wetlands and Wings at local outreach events 
during Spring and Summer in Fallon, Reno, Carson City and more!


Monday, June 30, 2014


To see our bylaws, click on the following link to access the PDF: Friends of Stillwater NWR Bylaws.

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

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Audubon Society Link and Useful Information

The Audubon Society regularly publishes several interesting and informative articles highlighted with incredible photography. Here's the link if you'd like to find out more information or subscribe to publications from their magazine: Audubon Magazine Link. We always enjoy what they have to share so we thought we'd share it with you.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Complete Guide to Bird Watching

A student in Maine was conducting research for his class and shared the links from our page in his "show and tell" project as he and his father are avid birders. He was then assigned the task of sharing another page with us. This is the one he picked: Design 55 Bird Watching.

It's based out of the UK and has some interesting links for beginning birders. It may be something you'd like to share with people you're trying to attract to birding or it may provide you with lists of birds present in the location of your next travel destination. Whatever the case, we'd like to acknowledge this student's hard work and continue his interest in birding.

Thanks for thinking of us, buddy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Focusing on Wildlife

This is an interesting site to follow with great articles and amazing photographs by enthusiasts in the field. Just thought we'd share.

Here's the link: Focusing on Wildlife News Link

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fascinating Video of OvenBirds Constructing Nest

Whether you're a bird person or not, this is stunning!!! Not to detract from the sheer magic of it, but in practical terms, how M A N Y trips would a bird have to make with that tiny little quantity of mud/clay it could carry? If you take the construction of a circular bowl in your stride as instinctive, consider how the Ovenbird comes up with the windbreak/entrance design that shields the eggs/chicks from the elements and at what point in fashioning the bowl do they start to construct it?

Watch the slideshow here: Youtube Slideshow of OvenBirds Building Mud Nest

Photos by: Daniel Carbajal Solsona.
Video by: fabianno de Lucca.
Text by: Daniel Carbajal Solsona