Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Spring Wings Festival 2014 Dates Announced

We have a date!
Spring Wings Festival 2014 will take place
Friday, April 25 - Saturday, April 26.

On Friday afternoon, we hope to host a hands-on workshop as well as offer a few tours. We will finish off the day with an evening presentation.
On Saturday morning, we will have tours, workshops, and displays. Tours will be offered in the late afternoon that day as well.
Like last year, Spring Wings will take place at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, NV.
Keep checking in as we will post tours for purchase by the end of February. There will be fewer tours offered this year than in past years so if you see one you like, reserve your seats before it's too late.
Go to to get the latest information.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

An interesting article about the dwindling spoonbill population in Florida

We came across this article in Audubon Magazine about the troubles the roseate spoonbill population is experiencing in the Florida Everglades. Just thought we'd share:

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.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Another Great Spring Wings Festival!

Spring Wings Festival 2013 completed another successful 3-day event with the release of a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk on Sunday afternoon. Her return to the wild was witnessed by about 25 people on a calm, sunny day. A great conclusion to a full weekend of birding, learning and environmental awareness in the midst of the internationally recognized Lahontan Valley Wetlands.

Thanks to all who participated, supported and volunteered to make the 16th annual Festival a success. If interested in volunteering for refuge projects or becoming a member of the Friends of Stillwater group to work with environmental education or other outreach programs, please send us an email!

Stay tuned for seasonal updates on programs offered during the year, and maybe we'll see you on the refuge!

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, July 17, 2012

Recent Stillwater Sightings

Birders Update July 14 2012:
Stillwater NWR: no White-tailed Kite (as seen by refuge biologist in July);

I did see 3 Western Sandpipers,
at least 6 Loggerhead Shrikes,
also several Northern Mockingbirds,
a couple of Swainson's Hawks flying overhead,
lots of White-faced Ibis,
Great Egrets,
Great Blue Herons,
and Snowy Egrets;
a fair number of Eared Grebes,
and Ruddy Duck, several with young;
a couple of Greater Yellowlegs,
Virginia Rails,
Pied-billed Grebes,
Clark's Grebe (with young)
and Black-crowned Night Herons;
several American White Pelicans;
and one very charming Short-eared Owl who posed not far from the road.

Shared by Meg Andrews of Reno, NV

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.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A fun birding website

Just came across this site:

There are all kinds of fun resources on the site for birders--photos, stories, and more.

So if you get a chance, go check it out!