Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Save the Festival Date! Saturday May 16

We have a date for the 2015 Spring Wings Festival - Saturday, May 16 at the Churchill County multi-purpose building from 10am - 3:30pm.  We will feature lots of fun, cool, entertaining and educational family activities that focus on all things nature!  We are still in the early planning stages, so stay tuned and keep checking this page for updates as we get details finalized. We hope you are able to join us for a fun day in Fallon!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Another Dry Winter - How Will it Affect Spring Migrants?

Happy New Year Fellow Outdoor Enthusiasts!

So far, winter 2015 isn't shaping up to be much of a winter at all, let alone a wet one.  Which could spell trouble or at the very least, changes in migratory bird populations and patterns for the Lahontan Valley wetlands.

While there is still time for Mother Nature to kick in some moisture and snow pack in the Sierra, it most likely will not be enough to end the severe drought conditions in our area.

Birders are noticing many migrants that never left the area this Fall/Winter, and several species beginning pair bonding rituals and sporting bright colors during the recent Holiday season! Do they know something we don't?

While a continued drought doesn't bode well for a quality bird festival in May, we will make every effort to host at least a one-day event with a few local tours (as conditions allow) and a venue full of hands-on family friendly activities.  We may even find a worthwhile community 'service project' that will benefit wildlife in which participants can help restore or improve a local habitat.  We will strive to provide a quality experience and introduce people to the wonders of wildlife and birds, even if on a limited basis this year..

As always, your support is important and much appreciated in our efforts!

The Friends of Stillwater NWR Board of Directors

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Post-post Festival Acknowledgements

Better late than never! The Friends of Stillwater NWR would like to post this belated but sincere THANK YOU! to all who helped make the 2014 Spring Wings Festival a success!

We had the most exhibitors attend in several years, and they attracted a large crowd of families who enjoyed learning and discovering about the natural resources and great outdoor opportunities in our area.

Thanks goes to the dedicated volunteers who helped set up and take down the event, drove the vans, birded with guests, presented educational talks and staffed the registration/sales tables.

Most of all, we would like to express our appreciation to those who support the Festival by attending the talks, tours, exhibits and becoming members of the Friends of SNWR.  Without your interest and enthusiasm this event would not have been possible for this 17th year! 

We look forward to having you become involved with the Friends, and please feel free to contact us with your ideas and thoughts for the Festival and other programs.  We will post on this site and contact those we have emails to let you know when the planning begins for the 2015 event.

Some amazing artwork made with feathers!

The art Chris Maynard has created with feathers impressed us so much, we thought we'd share it with you. Here's the link: Incredible Artwork with Feathers

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Sample of Maynard's artwork