Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Another Year in the Books!

Spring Wings was a great success yet again! From the Insect Petting Zoo to the fascinating birds viewed on tours, everyone seemed to really enjoy this year's festival! We'd like to thank each and every one of you for your support in making this annual event a reality. Stay tuned for future events and the 2017 Spring Wings Festival!

In the meantime...come and visit the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge this summer. Witness the aquatic changes as well as the variety of wildlife in the area as they take place with each passing month. For more information, visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/stillwater/.  

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Churchill County Museum Presents...Birds and More Birds!

Don't miss out on the wonderful display the Churchill County Museum has put together for the next two months! Below is a brief description of their exhibition:

In the Dodge Fitz Gallery

April and May 2016

birds.jpg Birds, Birds, and More Birds

This exhibition will combine the carved bird collection of Ron Biggs, the nature photography of Greg Nelson, and demonstrations of bird carving by Paul Lumos.  Join us on May 21, for a visit of live bird ambassadors of Hawks, Hoots and Honkers to the museum as we celebrate Spring Wings.

Click on the following link for additional information: Churchill County Museum Website.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

One-of-a-kind Canvasback Tule Duck Shirts for Sale!

Check out the custom artwork of a Canvasback duck decoy on this 100%  cotton, natural color pre-shrunk T-shirt! 

Scroll to the right of this page to purchase your own for just $20 - sizes S - XXL available - free shipping!

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."

Sold by the Friends of Stillwater, a 501 c 3 NV nonprofit corporation. Contributions are tax deductible. Thanks for your support!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Spring 2016 Outlook - a sign (and sigh!) of relief perhaps?

Greetings Fellow Outdoor Enthusiasts!

Welcome to Stillwater Spring in 2016!

Already, county residents and avid birders are noticing birds and bird behavior that are more normal than in the past few years for the Lahontan Valley wetlands, and this is great news!

While Mother Nature provided much-needed Sierra snow and valley rains this winter, we still have a long way to go. As of March 1, 2016 we are at 100% of the water content in the snowpack, with more wet spring storms predicted. What this means for Stillwater NWR is water deliveries by early April, and up to a 70% water allotment for the season!  Sure beats 17-20% in 2015!

This will greatly improve habitat available for migratory birds and resident wildlife, along with viewing opportunities for the public throughout the valley.

On our previous post, we discussed developing a local service project to benefit wildlife and native habitats. In 2016, the USFWS/STillwater NWRC along with their partners the Friends of Stillwater are working with the local community to create habitat and waystations for our elegant winged visitors, the Monarch butterflies. Very little is known about these amazing long-distance migrants as they move through Nevada.  Our goal is to provide monarch monitoring stations at selected sites that have been planted with native milkweed and nectar plants. We are co-sponsoring at least 2 community workshops this Spring, and more are planned.

As always, we welcome volunteers to assist with any part of this project, so stay tuned as we post a list of needs, dates and sites where you can be involved in helping save these beautiful yet disappearing butterflies!

We are also partnering with our area resource conservation partners to host the 18th annual Spring Wings Festival on May 20 -21. Keep checking the main page for more details.

Thank you for your support in our efforts!

Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge Complex
updated March 2016