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/.
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, 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.
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!