What is the State Bird of Nevada?

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The Mountain Bluebird is one of the most striking birds in the United States, and is the state bird of both Nevada and Idaho. Designated in 1967 (36 years after Idaho’s), the Mountain Bluebird can be found all year round in Nevada, though in general its range shift southward for the winter months; in the summer, this species can be found as far north as Alaska. Birds Mountain Bluebird Nevada state bird

In Nevada? Pull Some Pipe!

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Plastic pipes that have been used to mark mining claims in Nevada are death traps for birds. So, if you are in Nevada, pull some pipe! A state law now allows anyone who finds the pipes to pull them from the ground. Asides

Looking Forward to Birding Fallon, Nevada

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I’ve never really been to Nevada—just a layover in the Las Vegas airport, where I was amused to see slot machines at the gates. … where the Spring Wings Festival will be held from March 17–19, 2013! The good folks at the Fallon Convention and Tourism Authority extended an invite to 10,000 Birds to send one of us bloggers to the annual birding festival held in this town about an hour east of Reno. Everyone else is otherwise engaged, or my hand went up first, or both.

Pigeon Feeding Ban Proposed in Clark County, Nevada

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Pigeons are, perhaps, the most loathed of birds. And now Clark County commissioner Chris Giunchigliani has proposed making it illegal to feed pigeons in unincorporated areas of the county, which includes Las Vegas. The law seems virtually unenforceable but could cause problems for those who have bird feeders that pigeons take advantage of. Asides

Birding The City of Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

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All of these things can be found in Las Vegas, Nevada. The City of Henderson, which must be run by very enlightened individuals, has turned a bland old waste water treatment facility into a birding destination known as the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, which is well worth a visit should you ever find yourself in southeastern Nevada. He steered me right and there it was, my first life bird in Nevada! Trips Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve Las Vegas Nevada Casinos.

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Birding Fallon: Well Worth the Trip

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The festival is now in its 16 th year in the quaint-yet-vibrant town of Fallon, Nevada (about an hour east of Reno), and it draws on the wide array of birds that flock to the area during spring migration. The town is actually nicknamed “The Oasis of Nevada.”) Birding Destinations Trips Nevada The Spring Wings Festival , held this past weekend, was the perfect way for a birding-festival newbie like me to get into the swing of things.

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Black-throated Sparrow at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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……… Birds Black-throated Sparrow Nevada Red Rock Canyon sparrows On my western sojourn back in June we made a half-day visit to the absolutely gorgeous Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas. Because we had four children with us we chose to do the thirteen-mile loop road, stopping several times to take in the views and once, at the Willow Springs Picnic Area, to take a short hike through the desert.

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of January 2020?

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will be much more cloudy than the sky in the photo above, taken at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. Though it is January, often the coldest month for those of us in the northeastern United States, this weekend is forecast to be exceptionally mild.It

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2019)

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Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a surprise Swamp Sparrow at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve in Nevada. That’s a wrap! With the end of the final weekend of the year comes the growing realization that your year list is more or less locked in place forever more.

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ALF Activists Burn Company That Sells Animals for Research

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From the site: In the early morning hours of May 18th, four incendiary devices were planted at Scientific Resources International, a supplier of non-humyn primates for use in vivisection labs all over northern Nevada. Address: 432 Ridge Street, Reno, Nevada 89501 UNITED STATES Phone: 775-786-3244 Fax: 775-786-2767 Email: primatesri@sbcglobal.net Scientific Resources International (SRI) specializes in naive purpose bred non human primates for research.

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Parks and Public Lands Win at the Polls

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Nevada. Voters across the country support environmentally conscious ballot initiatives. Voters in several states had the opportunity to express their support (or condemnation) of various environmental (or anti-environmental) issues respectively in the recent election cycle. Results from November 2018 ballots indicate a large and dedicated block of voters who are concerned about the health of ecosystems, as well as the preservation of complex wilderness areas.

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Yikes! Feds Want to Castrate Wild Mustangs!

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Federal wildlife managers are fighting in court to take the unprecedented step of castrating 200 wild stallions in Nevada, in an effort to control surging populations of wild horses across the West. It's a proposal for population control. Read the whole story here. Animal-rights activists oppose the plan, which they contend would strip the wild stallions of their fighting spirit and change herd dynamics. A coalition of horse advocates last month filed suit to block the U.S.

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"No More Homeless Pets" Conference Scheduled for October

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Join Best Friends Animal Society for the annual No More Homeless Pets National Conference, October 23-25, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. From a Best Friends email. Each year, five million healthy, adoptable homeless pets are still being put down. This is the conference for people who want to make a difference. Three days of action oriented training, inspiration and, of course, fun with Best Friends. Make valuable new connections to make your work for homeless pets even more effective!

There’s More to Birding than Birds

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Nothing, however, prepared me for the fauna that awaited last weekend at the Spring Wings festival in Fallon, Nevada. But the wilds of Nevada revealed rattlesnakes, lizards (OK, the lizards didn’t seem that dangerous), and more than one mama cow who stared us down when our vehicles got too close to a calf. Much like Carrie’s recent experiences being hoodwinked by non-bird sources of birdy-sounding calls , I’ve had my share of animal encounters out in the field.

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Swainson’s Hawks in Plumas County

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These beautiful birds are now reduced in numbers or distribution throughout their range and considered to be declining in Utah, Nevada, and Oregon. They are listed as a Species of Special Concern in Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, and as Threatened in California. This past weekend I took a trip to the small town of Portola in Plumas county for a Northern California Audubon Council meeting hosted by Plumas Audubon Society.

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What is a “Nonessential Experimental” California Condor?

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The population in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada was designated as such in 1996 , before the first release from Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently proposed reintroducing California Condors in the Pacific Northwest. Although sometimes thought of a bird of the Southwest, the condor’s historical range reaches as far north as British Columbia.

I Just Flew Back from the Spring Wings Festival …

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I’ll be reporting more in the next few days about the coolness that is the Spring Wings Bird Festival , held every year in Fallon, Nevada. Birding by kayak can now come off my bucket list. … and boy, are my legs tired, from all those hours in scrunched-up airplane seats. My camera battery is probably pretty tired, too, from taking shot after shot of natural beauty and avian charmers.

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Sage Grouse — The Other Kind of Listing

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A week ago today, the federal government proposed a “threatened” listing for the Greater Sage Grouse in Nevada and California , as part of a larger study considering whether the species as a whole should be listed. Ted Koch, the Nevada state supervisor for the USFWS, says it best in the linked article: “”It’s not the 11th hour for sage grouse here, but it is maybe the 10th hour… And that’s good news.

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“One for the crow”: Dancing Crow Vineyards Zinfandel (2017)

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company of Chico, California began its Resilience Beer Project earlier this year to raise funds for relief efforts for the devastating bushfires that ravaged Australia in late 2019 to 2020. “One for the rook, one for the crow, one to wither, and one to grow.”

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The wonderful Phainopepla

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They frequent the dry, hot desert areas, which includes Arizona, Nevada and central mainland Mexico. Spring is in the air, and all around the Baja desert I am seeing a plethora of species, all looking for love, in what appears to the right places. Last Sunday, it was never as obvious as it was with the small group of Phainopepla , Phainopepla nitens. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them swoop erratically from tree to tree to cactus.

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White-breasted Nuthatch is four species, study says

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They identified the populations as follows: Eastern clade; Pacific clade; Eastern Sierra Nevada clade; and Rocky Mountain, Great Basin, and Mexico clade. Nuthatches are small, short-tailed, sharp-billed songbirds widely recognized for their ability to hitch headfirst down tree trunks and upside-down along limbs. The family has representatives throughout the forests North America, Eurasia (including North Africa), and Indomalaya.

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Indigo Boys

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Indigo Buntings breed from southern Canada across the eastern and central United States, and as far west as Nevada. One of the most exciting aspects of bird migration in a coastal location is the potential for large numbers of birds to find themselves over the ocean when dawn breaks. They get to land as quickly as they can and sometimes can be found concentrated in large numbers.

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My 2013 Birding Year in Review (With My Top Ten Birding Moments!)

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I didn’t travel much this year, with a June family trip to California and Nevada and a four-day trip in July to Trinidad and Tobago being my only opportunities to get birds not in the northeastern United States. My first trip to Nevada since I became a birder was pretty awesome. In 2013 I birded in two countries, submitted eBird checklists for seven U.S. states and thirty-seven counties, and added a whopping ninety-two species to my life list.

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Carrie’s 2014 Year List

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Rock Pigeon Jan 1 – Las Vegas, Nevada. As I’ve mentioned before , year lists are odd creatures: arbitrary but compelling, personal but competitive, commonplace but unique enough to be worthy, in some instances, of scientific interest. Up until now, though, I’ve never put my year list on 10,000 Birds. This year, I’m taking the plunge. As I’ve discussed , I’m hoping to add a Rosy-Finch or two to the old life-list this year.

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Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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Desert NWR (Nevada). There are more than 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States, with at least one in every state and one within an hour drive of almost every major American city. Many were specifically established for migratory birds and are strategically positioned along one of the four major North American migration flyways. Others were established to protect specific bird species or subspecies. But they primary protect land, an essential but dwindling avian resource.

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Birding Santiago de Chile – Trip Report

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Finally we went past the Yerba Loca (National Park) entrance and then to the first road split which goes to Sierra Nevada Valley, to the right and to Farellones town to the left. From here we drove back down to take the road to Sierra Nevada Valley. Farellones – Santiago de Chile. This is a continuation of Birding Argentina – Planning Stage.

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Don’t underestimate the underdog in a cross-species super-fight

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The plucky underdog is always the British favourite though I do worry about Conor McGregor’s Western Palearctic complexion in the Nevada desert. So, Floyd Mayweather might be the overwhelming favourite in a fight where Conor McGregor crosses disciplines to challenge him, but where would you put your money on the outcome of a confrontation between a Willet and an American Coot ?

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Birds of Tierra Caliente

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I am originally from California, so it is easy for me to deal with a geography defined by a low coastal mountain range, a central valley, and a much higher inland range (in California, the Sierra Nevada). But for the past 25 years, I have lived in Mexico’s state of Michoacán. Here, the coastal range is the Sierra Madre del Sur, the central valley is known as la Tierra Caliente, or the Hot Country, and I live in the much higher Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt.

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Large-billed Terns at the Trincity Sewage Ponds

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” That small minded perspective is difficult to overcome despite Clare’s continued insistence on the excellence of Poo Ponds and my own small contribution from my visits to Florida’s Viera Wetlands and Nevada’s City of Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. A sewage pond is, like a landfill, one of those places by which non-birders get very confused. “Wait, you’re going to a sewage pond? Voluntarily? To see birds? What is wrong with you?”

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Why Hawkwatching is So Awesome

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There are whole regions of the country from the Great Lakes west to Nevada where official hawkwatching is essentially non-existent, due to lack of migration density, so If you live in one of the places it is possible to see this magical migration you need to grab that opportunity. Originally from London, England, Luke Tiller transplanted to Connecticut in 2003. Newly surrounded by wildlife, he found his love of birds reignited.

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10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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However, most states have less than 100 species, including: Missouri (98); Wyoming (97); Delaware (83); Massachusetts (81); Maine (76); Louisiana (73); Maryland (62); Idaho (57); Georgia (54); Nevada (53); South Carolina (49); Vermont (34); Alaska (34); New Hampshire (31); Indiana (27); Kansas (23); Tennessee (17); Ohio (16); South Dakota (14); Montana (11); Arkansas (8).

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Have There Been Any Positive Aspects of the Malheur NWR Occupation?

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Those holdouts were convinced by Michele Fiore, a Republican Assemblywoman from Nevada, to turn themselves in. Just yesterday the FBI was able to complete its evidence gathering and clearing of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, returning the refuge back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and freeing the seventeen refuge employees to go back to work. So far the cost of the Malheur NWR occupation is estimated at over $3.3 million 1.

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Black-backed Woodpeckers and Forest Fires in California and the West

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The report, Nourished by Wildfire: The Ecological Benefits of the Rim Fire and the Threat of Salvage Logging , explains how fires are essential for maintaining biological diversity in the Sierra Nevada ecosystem 4. It was July of 2012. I arrived at Lassen Volcanic National Park around 7:00 a.m. It was a cool 48 degrees. I had taken the short drive to the park to search for a family of American Dippers sighted near the visitor center by a fellow birder a few days before.

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How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding – A Book Review

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Floyd has also written the ABA Field Guide to the Birds of Colorado (2014), the Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America (2008), and co-authored the Atlas Of The Breeding Birds Of Nevada (2007), plus numerous articles–over 125–in popular magazines and scholarly journals. “Get a field guide!” ” That’s what novice birders are told, over and over.

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Laws Guide to Drawing Birds

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His work on the color-coded “Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide” and the follow-up “The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada” are testaments to his position as an artist, but his most recent book firmly establishes him as a teacher of art as well. In June 2012, I had the great fortune to visit Trinidad and Tobago in a group that included birder and artist Matthew Dodder. Matthew began birding (and drawing birds) as a boy in Boston, during the Great Blizzard of 1977.

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On Not Chasing Grace’s Warbler

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The southwestern US is still undiscovered country for me – barring one trip to San Diego and a handfull of layovers in Las Vegas, I’ve never been – and I had imagined a Grace’s Warbler darting out of a treetop in Nevada or New Mexico to add a flash of color to my first real exploration of the region. I got word of the Grace’s Warbler a bit late in the game.

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Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania: A Review by an Atlas Novice

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The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Nevada (Univ. of Nevada Press, 2007) features a cover by David Sibley. A breeding bird atlas is a special kind of book. For birders, it’s the extremely large book, shelved in a place where it can’t crush the field guides, used to research the history of a bird in their area. Corey did just this in this 2011 posting about Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus in New York State.

Birding California: A Regional Primer

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Of course, the Sierra Nevada is a huge mountain range, and there are countless other places to bird besides Yosemite. When one thinks of taking a birdcation somewhere in the U.S., the same few states always come to mind first…Alaska, Arizona, Texas, and Florida. That’s where everyone goes, and for good reason. However, I am here to make the case for birding California.

Duck Stamps and the Best National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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Of course, there are some with little or no land purchased with MBCF funds, including Harris Neck NWR in Georgia (0.0%), Desert NWR in Nevada (0.0%), and Kilauea Point NWR in Hawaii (0.0%). Desert NWR (Nevada): 0.0%. In June, the 2018-2019 Federal Duck Stamp was released. Birders have been encouraged by the American Birding Association and others to buy Federal Duck Stamps.

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“A wonderful bird is the pelican” – Pelican Brewing Company: Hazy Rock India Pale Ale

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Evolving from a long lineage of iconic beers – from early forerunners Anchor Liberty Ale and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, to the double IPA style pioneered at Russian River, and the hop-obsessed San Diego brewing scene – craft beer from the Left Coast has aggressively pushed the lupulin envelope, redefining and dictating what “hoppy” really means every half-decade or so. In North American birding, east versus west is the most basic geographic division of the continent.

The Feathery Tribe: A Book Review

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The team explored Nevada and Utah, with Ridgway collecting thousands of bird specimen, plus nests and eggs for the Smithsonian. I spent the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the usual post-hurricane activities—looking for storm birds, making sure my loved ones were o.k., trying to grasp the enormity of what had just happened, and reading this book, The Feathery Tribe: Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds by Daniel Lewis.

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Best Bird of the Year 2013

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I was fortunate to rack up a number of lifers in 2013, both at home and abroad ( Varied Thrush in Washington, Brewer’s Blackbirds in California, Burrowing Owl in the Nevada desert). The end of the year is nigh and birders the world over are looking over their checklists and reminiscing about their amazing sightings and devastating dips.

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Expected/Unexpected

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Today I head for Nevada, where all the birds will be new to me — I’ve never birded the desert before. So attentive readers may have noticed that there are quite a lot of Snowy Owls in the eastern US this year. In contrast, Montana is a bit short on the big white guys. So, having come out to the Olde Homestead for the holidays, I decided to try to get my eyes on one. At first, things did not go so well.

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