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STILLWATER NWR: Spring Wings Takes Flight
California-Nevada Offices , May 18, 2012
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2012 Spring Wings Festival canoe tour group.
2012 Spring Wings Festival canoe tour group. - Photo Credit: Randy Goggin/USFWS

By Susan Sawyer, Visitor Services

The 15th annual Spring Wings Festival took flight with a successful weekend of guided birding tours, workshops and hands-on activities for the public.

For the first time in many years, every guided tour was sold out before the Festival began. Most popular were the canoe trips on Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the evening 'Owl Prowls' around the Lahontan Valley of north central Nevada, about an hour east of Reno.

Workshop highlights included a demonstration by 19 year-old Chloe Bowen, a master falconer from Carson City; a virtual visit to Antarctica; and a talk about birds of prey by Nevada Department of Wildlife. A free beginning birding class and field trip was offered to the local community and led by a retired ornithology professor from University of Nevada-Reno. Other groups provided hands-on activities and crafts for families at the local county fairgrounds.

The Spring Wings Festival is the major fundraising event hosted by the Friends of Stillwater NWR and celebrates the spring migration of thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl through this area of national and international importance on their way to seasonal breeding grounds.

Contact Info: SUSAN SAWYER, 916-539-7436, susan_sawyer@fws.gov
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