Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Spring Wings 2017 set for May 19 - 20

Spring Wings 2017 prepares for flight!

The annual Spring Wings Festival is set for Friday afternoon May 19 and Saturday May 20 this year.  Anticipated activities include the return of the Bugs and Butterflies Insect Petting Zoo, at EC Best school gym on Friday afternoon.  Guided nature tours of the Lahontan Valley will take place at the same time, and with the great water year, we expect to see a lot more migratory shorebirds and waders in the field.  Reservation information coming by March 15.

The Festival continues Saturday May 20 with guided morning nature tours, hands-on activities and displays at the Convention Center from 10am - 3pm, as well as specialized workshops on local topics that may include Gardening for Wildlife, Basic Birdwatching, Beekeeping, Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science, Birds of Prey, Nature Art, Tribal Arts and History, and more!

A fundraising dinner event is planned for 5pm Saturday May 20, at the Fallon Convention Center.  This fun family event will raise funds to support the Festival, youth education and outdoor experiences in northern Nevada.  Tickets will be available on this site, or at select Fallon area businesses by March 1. 

Updates posted here as they become available. Stay tuned and thanks for your support!

contact: friendsofstillwaternwr@gmail.com with any questions

Spring 2017 - Water, water everywhere!

Greetings Fellow Outdoor Enthusiasts!

Welcome to Stillwater Spring in 2017!

Already, birds and bird behavior are near normal than in the past few years for the Lahontan Valley wetlands, and this is great news!

Mother Nature graciously provided much-needed Sierra snow and valley rains this winter, nearly equaling an entire year of rainfall just in January! As of February 1, 2017 we are at 200% + of the water content in the Sierra snowpack, with more wet spring storms predicted.

What this means for Lahontan Valley Wetlands is early water deliveries now, due to heavy runoff from the Carson River into Lahontan Reservoir.  Normal water delivery season is April through September, so it's already an improvement!

We expect more quality habitat for migratory birds and resident wildlife, along with increased and improved viewing opportunities for the public throughout the valley.

This year, we hope to continue the great accomplishments of 2016 by creating more milkweed habitat and pollinator waystations for our elegant winged visitors, the Monarch butterflies. 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 planted with native milkweed and nectar plants. We are planning community workshops this Spring and Summer, with free native plants handed out to participants.

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!

Fallon Convention Center needs helping hands (with gloves and garden tools) at the native plant garden on the north side of the building.


  • identifying and pulling invasive weeds - 2hrs every 2 weeks Mar - Oct 
  • ensuring drip lines and emitters function properly - 2hrs monthly Apr - Oct
  • monitor native plant growth, bloom- 1hr weekly Apr - July
  • record, monitor pollinator insects observed on the plants (and other animals too!) - random surveys during above tasks

We are also working with area resource conservation partners to host the 19th annual Spring Wings Festival on May 19 - 20. Keep checking the main page for more details.

Thank you for your support in our efforts!

February 2017

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!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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