The Nevada Waterfowl Association is holding their 6th annual Fallon Wood Duck Event on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Fallon at the Fallon Convention Center. Tickets are free in advance, but will be $20 at the door. To get tickets in advance call Chris at 775-830-1632, Ben at 775-233-0678, or Catrina at 916-223-2156.
The goals of the Wood Duck event are 1) To see how many people can hold a duck in a single day; 2) to make money for the project; 3) provide information about the project; and 4) obtain band recovery.
There will be two field events, both are family-friendly:
Wood Duck banding will start at 5:30 am.
Nest box checking will start at 9:00 am
Doors at the Convention Center will open at Noon with kid’s activities
1:00 Free Spaghetti lunch
There will be a $1000 raffle in which each banded Wood Duck gets a raffle ticket.
Sage-Grouse Lek and Courtship Observations
Saturday, March 14, 2015: Susanville and Honey Lake, CA
Time: 4:00 a.m.
This is a great chance to see nature in action! Observe male Greater Sage-Grouse perform to attract females onto their lekking grounds. Plan to get up early as we want to be there by the time the sun comes up. This tour also includes a visit to Honey Lake wetlands with potential for numerous waterfowl and raptor species. Participants should meet at the McDonald’s at 1810 Silverada Blvd. (Oddie Blvd.) two blocks east of Highway 395 in Sparks at 4:00 a.m. if you’d like to carpool. Depending upon road conditions, only four-wheel drive or high clearance vehicles will be able to drive to the lek so please keep that in mind. Pack a lunch, water, binoculars, and a scope if you have one. Bring warm clothes as it is often windy and very cold, especially so early in the morning. Please contact the trip leaders if you have any questions regarding this trip.
Lahontan Audubon Society’s Birds and Books: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.at the Sundance Bookstore, 121 California Ave., in Reno.
The book for discussion will be: Atlas of Rare Birds, by Dominic Couzens. A description of the book is on the LAS website, www.nevadaaudubon.org.
Everyone is welcome to our fun flock of readers interested in nature, especially birds and birding. Birds and Books meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Sundance Bookstore, 121 California Avenue, Reno. Books are selected in advance, but you can join us even without having read them. Check the LAS website for descriptions of selected books and the schedule for upcoming meetings. Our book selection for March is The Meaning of Human Existence, by E.O. Wilson.
Eagles and Agriculture: February 19th-22nd, 2015
Eagles & Agriculture, the Carson Valley’s celebration of wildlife and ranching, has set its schedule for its thirteenth year of exploring the interaction between eagles and other raptors and the ranches of Carson Valley. For more information visit http://www.carsonvalleynv.org/pages/EaglesAg/
“Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and The Birds of America” Exhibit
This exhibit is currently at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. It opened on December 20 and will be at the Museum through February 15th. Check out the link below for more information. http://www.nevadaart.org/exhibition/explorer-naturalist-artist-john-james-audubon-and-the-birds-of-america/
33rd Annual Mid-Winter Lake Tahoe Bald Eagle Count
As discussed by Kathy Oakes of the Lahontan Audubon Society:
The results of the count will be combined with those from across the nation to generate an index of Bald Eagle populations wintering across the United States. The count is part of the National Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey that was initiated by the National Wildlife Federation in 1979.
The Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences (TINS) took over coordination of the Lake Tahoe Bald Eagle Count in 2012. This year, TINS will also feature a special “Bald Eagle Basics” dinner on Thursday, January 8, 2015, the night before the count.
The Bald Eagle Count is scheduled for 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on Friday, January 9th. Participants must commit to arriving a few minutes early, and staying for the full three hours of the survey.
The Bald Eagle Basics dinner will be held on Thursday, January 8th, 6:30-8:30 pm, in North Lake Tahoe (most likely Hacienda de la Sierra in Incline Village), and will present an overview of eagle identification and Bald Eagle life history. Everyone is encouraged to attend this educational opportunity and social event, whether or not you can make the count itself. Please note that space is limited, and the estimated cost is $15 per person (dinner, tax, and gratuity; alcoholic drinks not included in estimate).
RSVP by 4pm on January 5th to join the Bald Eagle count, the Bald Eagle Basics dinner, or both! To register, contact Ruby Lyon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775.298.0066.