Friday, April 17, 2015

Free Birding Hot Spots Tour

If you are interested in a FREE Birding Hot Spots Tour, let us know by sending an email to friendsofstillwaternwr@gmail.com. This tour will have limited seats which will go to those who first sign up. The tours will each have two vans and will take place on Saturday, May 16, from 7:30am - 9:30am and again from 3 - 5pm.
 
The tours will depart from the Churchill County Fairgrounds at 325 Sheckler Rd. in Fallon.
 
We hope to offer a Wood Duck Tour as well, but given current drought conditions, it's difficult to offer many birding tours this year. 
 
Keep checking back for any changes!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Spring Wings 2015 Detailed Information Now Available!

As previously announced, Spring Wings 2015 will take place on Saturday, May 16 at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, NV. The event will include free talks, exhibits, hands-on fun for the whole family and a few, free Hot Spot tours around local wetlands and bird areas in town. 
 
There will also be a Decoy Carving Seminar on Saturday. There will be 12 slots available to purchase at $35 each. The decoy this year will be a Greater Yellowlegs--a common and attractive shorebird found in the Stillwater marsh. If you'd like to reserve your spot(s), click on the link to the right of this page and add the quantity you'd like to purchase to your PayPal cart. Once you pay, your seats will be reserved and we'll send you a confirmation.
 
Amazing Birds of Prey will be a free, feature presentation featuring the knowledgeable speaker, Marie Gaspari-Crawford. There will be other presentations, too with a special one on owls. Stay tuned for the final lineup!
 
There is also space available for a limited amount of vendors. The reservation fee is $20/table for the day (from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.). If you're interested, contact us at friendsofstillwaternwr@gmail.com or call Susan 775-423-5128 ext. 224. We will be able to provide additional information. In the meantime, please make sure your city/county permits are current.
 
We also have Tule duck shirts available for purchase. We have about a dozen of each size (adult S-XL) for $20 each and XXL for $22. Free USPS shipping is included in the price. The shirts feature custom artwork depicting the iconic Canvasback duck tule decoy used historically by the Paiute people for centuries in the Stillwater marsh. They were designed specifically for the Friends of Stillwater NWR Group. They are only available for purchase here. Choose your size and quantity to the right, pay through PayPal and be sure to have your correct mailing address (and name) and we'll ship shortly thereafter.
 
Stay posted as other tours will likely become available. We're hoping to offer many for free this year, but seats will still be limited due to van sizes.

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