Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring Wings Festival: May 20 - 21 Reservation Information

Spring Wings 2016 takes flight!

Location: Churchill County Parks and Rec Complex, multipurpose building, Sheckler Rd. in Fallon NV.

Reservations recommended for guided HotSpot tours, Monarch and Decoy carving workshops. email to: 

Guided tours = email or mail name, number of people, contact info. 

Decoy Carving Workshop = cost is $20; pay through PayPal, or mail check payment to: Spring Wings, 1020 New River Parkway #305, Fallon NV 89406.

   NOTE: Reservations not needed for Saturday afternoon workshops.   

Confirmation and emergency contact information (for tours) sent after we receive your email. 

Seating updated as tours fill. 

Available tours for 2016

Birding Hotspots tours: combining the best of our signature area tours, this year we offer the Carson River wood duck nest box program, the hangouts of hawks and owls, and the internationally recognized desert wetlands of the Lahontan Valley all in one tour!

Friday, May 20: 3pm - 5:30pm  Birding Hotspots. 
FREE with 1 seat currently available  

Saturday, May 21: 7:30am - 10am Birding Hotspots.  
FREE with 9 seats currently available 

Saturday, May 21: 3pm - 5:30pm Birding Hotspots.
FREE with 9 seats currently available 

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Other Tours and Activities:

Friday, May 20: 3:30 - 5pm - Insect Open House! - meet several winged things - bugs, beetles and butterflies - of Nevada in this fun, petting zoo! Meet a millipede, tickle beetle bellies and more!         Parks/Rec multipurpose building, FREE!  Hosted by Nevada Bugs and Butterflies

Friday, May 20: 6pm - 7:30pm - Evening Program: "Landscape Gardening for Wildlife"learn how to plant a garden to attract birds, butterflies, bats, even worms, while keeping unwanted critters and plants at bay with natural methods - Becky Colwell, UNR Extension Educator/Master Gardener.  FREE!   Snacks provided.

Saturday, May 21: 9am - 11:30am People of the Marsh
Carpool: Meet at the Churchill County Museum at 9am; 
Visit Grimes Point, Hidden Cave, and the wetlands as you journey into the history of the Paiute people who lived with and thrived here for centuries. FREE  Please provide a head count and names.

Saturday, May 21: 10am - 2pm Decoy Carving Workshop - 
carve one of our most common migrant shorebirds - a feeding Dunlin (pictured below); $20 with 9 seats currently available (must be 12 years or older) - Pacific Flyway Decoy Association
Click on the PayPal button in the right column of this page to purchase and reserve seats.

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~ Saturday May 21  10am - 3:30pm ~

 Free Exhibits, Crafts & Workshops 

at the CCPR Multipurpose Building  

FREE workshops include: 

10am - 12pm: Monarchs & Milkweeds: Learn how to identify and report these important pollinators as they migrate through NV; receive native plants to start your own backyard butterfly rest-stop.  Presented by US Fish and Wildlife Service. Registration required please - email or call 423-5128 ext. 228. FREE with 16 seats available 

10am - 3:30pm: Hawks, Hoots & Honkers:  Live Birds Presentation at the Churchill County Museum , 1050 S. Maine St in Fallon.
Van shuttle available from the Fairgrounds 

1pm - All About the Bees!: Find out what it takes to become a backyard beekeeper, how they help produce our food, and how local honey prevents allergies. Honey tasting, sales. 
Mike Hamerski, Fallon Beekeeper

2pm - Optics Obsessed: See what's new in the world of binoculars, scopes, and cameras to fit all budgets and vision needs. 
Cabela's Hunt/Optics Manager Mike Aiazzi. 

3pm - Wildlife Close Ups!: Meet local wildlife that call the Lahontan Valley home. NDOW Biologist Jenni Jeffers

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Now Appearing: Birds, Birds and more Birds!

The Churchill County Museum is hosting a combined exhibit of the carved bird collection of Ron Biggs, Birds of the Lahontan Valley photography of Greg Nelson through May. Join us on Saturday May 21 for a bird carving demonstration by Paul Lumos, and a special live bird program: "Hawks, Hoots and Honkers", as we celebrate Spring Wings 2016!
1050 S. Maine St. in Fallon.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Beekeeping Seminar! Visit the Spring Wings 2016 Flyer (Updated 5/4/16)

Click on the following link to find updated, detailed information on this year's Spring Wings Festival: Spring Wings 2016 Flyer

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!