Saturday, October 8, 2016

Wetlands & Wings Fall event; Application Due Oct. 31

The Wetlands and Wings Youth Outdoor Workshop and Hunt will take place Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6. The event is open to youth aged 10-17, with preference given to those with little to no experience. Equipment is provided if needed, and the event is entirely free to youth participants.

On Saturday, from 10am-2pm there will be a gun safety/shoot clinic held at the Fallon Trap Club. 
Sunday are the education stations then a mentored upland bird hunt from 10am-2pm at the Lahontan Valley Bird Dog Club south of Fallon.

Click this link for an application: Wetlands & Wings 2016 Application.

Additional information can be found on the Wetlands and Wings page tab on this site. 

Apply by October 31 by mail, email, or in person at the addresses on the form.

We are always accepting new hunt mentors and event volunteers! If you would like to help a kid learn to field hunt, you must be over 18yrs old, have experience with shotguns and bird hunting, and able to maintain safety with a team of young novice hunters at all times. Other tasks are: helping prepare and serve lunches, monitor registration, education activities, equipment checkout/loan, setup and cleanup.  

Please contact Wetlands and Wings at 775/217-5098 for more details or send an email to: 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lahontan Valley Wildlife and Bird Sightings

Lahontan Valley Wildlife and Bird Update October 2016:

Carson Lake and Pasture: water near caretaker cabin. Duck hunting is open, fee to enter.

Tribal Wetlands off NV116 at Agency Rd: all cells are full, good variety of waders, waterfowl, raptors. Waterfowl season open to tribal members, weekdays are best for viewing.

Stillwater NWR:  driving tour route open, shallow water in Foxtail Lake near pavilion. Goose Lake, South Nutgrass hunt units north of Division Road are currently open for waterfowl season, all boats allowed in each.

The refuge sanctuary along the Foxtail Lake driving tour route is holding the most birds, however they may not be visible without a scope or binoculars. Enter the route across from the Stillwater Pt. parking area, about 1/2 mile from the refuge information kiosk. 

This one-way road is about 6.5 miles long, and exits onto Hunter Road, which is the main north/south refuge public access road.  

Mid-way along the tour route is a covered pavilion, accessible tables, restroom, boardwalk, and viewing platforms. A wildlife viewing blind is located on the West shore of the first pond,  about 1/4 mile west of the pavilion; parking is next to the road, and an easy 200yd path leads to the blind. Bring a chair and rag to dust off webs and wasps!

As you drive north on Hunter Road, turn into the Tule Trail parking area off Hunter Road where a small viewing pond sits in front of the bench. Further north on Hunter Road, turn right on Division Rd, small ponds to south. Hunt units also open for viewing north of Division or from Navy Cabin Road; weekdays are better for viewing with less hunting pressure.

October 2016 sightings on the refuge included the following:
(8am -11am; 60F air temp, SW breeze, clear)  

Full refuge bird survey available on the Stillwater NWR website, Birders Corner.

BIRDS: Heron
Ducks - Gadwall, Redhead, Pintail, Mallard, Teal, Ruddy, Northern Shoveler,
American Coot
American White Pelicans
Canada Goose

Common Raven
Loggerhead Shrike
Hawks - Harrier, Red-tail, Rough-legged


MAMMALS: Coyote 
Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Cottontail rabbit
White-tailed Antelope Ground squirrel

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 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Friends of Stillwater Bylaws

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Rare video of Great Blue Herons

Check out this fascinating video of Great Blue Herons hatching in the wild:
Great Blue Herons Hatching

Below is some additional background information provided from the website

About the Herons

Herons at Sapsucker WoodsThis Great Blue Heron nest is in a large, dead white oak in the middle of Sapsucker Woods pond, right outside the Cornell Lab's Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity. Herons have nested here since summer 2009, hatching and fledging four young each year and raising them on a steady diet of fish and frogs. Though neither bird is banded, you can identify the male by the absence of a hallux (the rear-facing toe) on his right foot. Adult herons can be up to 4.5 feet tall, with a wingspan up to 6 feet. Despite their large size, they typically only weigh around 5 pounds.
Herons at Sapsucker WoodsHerons usually lay 2-6 eggs and share incubation duties for 25-30 days. Incubation begins with the first egg, and the young hatch asynchronously (not at the same time) over 2-5 days. After hatching, it'll take 7-8 weeks before they fly from the nest for the first time.

About the Nest

In 2009, the herons brought in the first few twigs that would become the first known Great Blue Heron nest in the history of Sapsucker Woods. Early in the spring of 2012 we installed two cameras to bring the hidden world of their nesting habits into full view. The nest itself is nearly four feet across and a foot deep, and wraps almost entirely around the trunk of the tree. The birds have slowly built up the nest over the last three years.