FRIENDS OF STILLWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE is a 501(c)(3) non- profit group working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to increase awareness and appreciation of the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge Complex and surrounding areas. Friends of Stillwater NWR welcomes anyone who wishes to volunteer with refuge programs and projects. We assist in on-site habitat and wildlife projects, community outreach, education programs, special events, fundraising and advocacy.
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The following is a brief history on the Tule duck:
"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."
Wildlife and Bird Update October 31, 2015:
The refuge sanctuary along the Foxtail Lake driving tour route is holding the most visible bird numbers on very limited water. 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 on the refuge included the following: (weather: 68F air temp, clear, slight breeze) Great Blue Heron Mallards Green Wing Teal Ruddy Duck N.Shoveler American Coot American White Pelicans Tundra Swan Snow Geese Canada Goose Dowitcher Dunlin Gulls Avocet Eared Grebe Clark's Grebe Marsh wren Gr. Yellowlegs
Common Raven Loggerhead Shrike Kestrel Peregrine Falcon Great Horned Owl Barn Owl Dove Quail Magpie Says Phoebe Blackbird Starling White-crown Sparrow Flicker Savannah Sparrow W Meadowlark Am Robin Song Sparrow Horned Lark No. Mockingbird Yellow rumped Warbler