FRIENDS OF STILLWATER is a 501(c)(3) Nevada non- profit group working to increase awareness, appreciation and conservation of the Lahontan Valley wetlands and similar natural resource areas. Friends of Stillwater welcomes anyone who wishes to volunteer with our programs and projects. We assist in habitat and wildlife projects, community outreach, education programs, special events, fundraising and advocacy.
Check out our custom artwork depicting the historic Canvasback duck decoy on this 100% cotton, natural color, pre-shrunk shirt! Available in sizes Sm - XXL. Shirts can be purchased on this site or at www.springwings.org through PayPal. Cost is just $20, with free shipping!
A brief history of the Tule duck decoy:
"The Canvasback duck decoy made from tules is an icon of the Lahontan Valley wetlands in Nevada. These decoys date back over 3000 years to the time of the early Paiute people who thrived in the Stillwater marsh. They developed a method of constructing lifelike duck decoys from tightly woven marsh plants, painted them with mineral dyes and sometimes wrapped feathers on the form. Small groups of these were floated in the marsh ponds to 'decoy' other waterfowl into landing within range of the hunters' arrow. A well-preserved group of these decoys was discovered in a cave near Lovelock, NV in the 1920's, and are on display at the Smithsonian Institution. Today, a handful of Paiute tribal members continue to create these decoys as fine art for sale, using traditional methods passed down through the generations."