Join the Great Basin Bird Observatory for a weekend in Eastern Nevada’s high country!
Jul
26
to Jul 28

Join the Great Basin Bird Observatory for a weekend in Eastern Nevada’s high country!

  • Thomas Canyon Campground (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will be spending the weekend in beautiful Lamoille Canyon of the Ruby Mountains.

We plan to lead several trips, including trekking up to island lake for the Himalayan Snowcock, and cruising Ruby Valley looking for Bobolink. The Ruby Mountains have beautiful coniferous forest, aspen stands, riparian areas with babbling brooks, and glacial cirques with snowfields.

It is a wonderful place to beat the heat, and the only place in Nevada to see a mountain goat! This time of year MacGilivray’s Warbler, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Fox Sparrow, and Red Crossbill can be seen among many other montane specialties. Meet us out there or carpool with us, check us out on Facebook or contact us for more info

In order to better plan for this event, please RSVP below if you plan on joining us!

Cost for this event is $25 for members and $50 for non-members.

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Walker River State Recreation Area Bioblitz!
Jun
8
to Jun 9

Walker River State Recreation Area Bioblitz!

Become a citizen-scientist! This BioBlitz will use the app iNaturalist to collect data and assemble an inventory of plants and animals. It is advised to have the iNaturalist app installed on a mobile device prior to arrival.

This event is open to the public and a free event. GBBO will be leading walks, discussing birds, and collecting data.

Park entrance fees are waived on June 8 for “Discover Nevada State Parks Day.”

WHERE: Walker River State Recreation Area, Pitchfork Ranch. Visitors can check-in at the Visitor Center, 211 E. Walker River Road, Yerington Nevada, 89447. Please note that the E. Walker River Rd. entrance off 208 is the only route to the Visitor Center. Minister Road is currently closed to through traffic and not accessible.

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Warm Springs Natural Area habitat restoration and birds
May
18
7:00 AM07:00

Warm Springs Natural Area habitat restoration and birds

GBBO's Jen Ballard will be guiding a bird walk through Warm Springs Natural Area where she has been monitoring the bird population for nearly a decade. She will talk all about how the bird community has responded to restoration, fire, and revegetation. This time of year there are Vermilion Flycatchers, Summer Tanagers, Brown-crested Flycatchers, and many other southern Nevada highlights. More details to come!

We will be meeting at 7:00 a.m. at the new Warm Springs Natural Area visitor parking lot, which is across the street from the Moapa National Wildlife Refuge (on map).

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Global Big Day event: Birding underbirded areas of Nevada
May
4
6:00 AM06:00

Global Big Day event: Birding underbirded areas of Nevada

Join GBBO in an effort to see as many Nevada species as possible in a single day as part of eBird’s Global Big Day celebration. Last year, submitted eBird checklists totaled 228 species. With a coordinated effort we can observe many more than that! We are encouraging people to not only visit
their favorite hotspot locations, but also check out spots you may not have been before. There
weren’t any checklists submitted from Pershing, Mineral, Lincoln, Eureka, or Elko counties last year—all areas that are under-birded even though there are some great birding spots out there!

So please, peruse the map, pick a place, and share a checklist! If you would like to participate, please share any and all of your checklists for the day with GBBO on Ebird, our username is GreatBasinBirds. You can find us on Facebook and share photos as well. We would love to see the cool places everyone gets to explore!

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Bird Banding Demo
Apr
27
8:30 AM08:30

Bird Banding Demo

Master bander Ken Voget will be at McCarran Ranch this spring. This banding demonstration is geared towards people with little to no banding experience and will focus on the day-to-day tasks at a banding station. Attendees will learn the proper techniques for holding birds, molt phenology, and other data collection methods. This demonstration will be free for members or $5 for non-members.

We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the “Shamrock House”, the historic ranch house of McCarran Ranch along the frontage road of I-80.

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Jun
17
8:00 AM08:00

Membership Event: Secrets of Breeding Behaviors

  • Rancho San Rafael Regional Park Reno, Nevada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We invite our members to join us for a bird walk at the Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno on Saturday, June 17th. The focus of this field trip is not only to see great birds, but to observe and discuss their behaviors that indicate nesting. There are many more that you may know! Elisabeth Ammon, who did her graduate research on nesting ecology, will lead the trip. Meet at the east end of the parking lot at the park entrance. 

Not a GBBO member? Sign up at our new membership page (coming shortly). Or just show up at the event with $5 to show your support of GBBO. Students are invited to attend for free.

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Jul
11
to Jul 15

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Survey Experience Field Camp

Where: Southeast and westernAZ    

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

What: This Camp is aimed at providing 40 hours of YBCU field experience required for 10(a)1(a) permitting in many states. Participants will spend the week with Murrelet Halterman, conducting surveys and habitat analysis for Yellow-billed Cuckoos in riparian areas in Arizona. The first three days will be spent in Southeast AZ, and the last two days will be in western AZ.  We will work in a variety of habitats, and discuss the variation in use across different sites. We will discuss vocalizations and behaviors of all cuckoos observed.
On the afternoon of the first day, Murrelet will present an afternoon lecture session. This is an in-depth discussion of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo identification, behavior, habitat use, and the current Yellow-billed Cuckoo call-playback protocol.

Who: Dr. Murrelet Halterman has studied Yellow-billed Cuckoos throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada for over 25 years. This work includes coordinating statewide surveys, conducting primary research on home range, vocalizations, and mating systems, and conducting training workshops. She is the lead author on the current Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey protocol.

Registration Fee: General: $750.  Attendees of 2015 GBBO YBCU Workshop: $700. Maximum of eight participants. If this workshop fills, additional workshops may be offered.

Included: A minimum of 40 hours survey and habitat experience/
Not Included: Transportation, meals, lodging, field gear.

For more information please contact Murrelet Halterman at murrelethalterman@gmail.com.

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May
20
to May 22

Bird BioBlitz at the Great Basin National Park

Help document what birds are using the park at different elevations during a fun, science-filled weekend.

Needed: Experienced birders to help with one of four tracks:

  • Birding: Learn about the world of birding in the remote Great Basin
  • Bird Science: Learn about the science used in ornithology
  • Bird Conservation: Learn how we apply bird science and bird observations to real-life issues
  • Bird Photography: Take photos of birds in the park to serve as vouchers (definitive proof that they exist in the park). Over 80 species need to be vouchered.

To volunteer to lead a trip, talk, or activity, please contact:

Gretchen Baker, Ecologist at Great Basin National Park
Gretchen_Baker@nps.gov

Bird BioBlitz Registration for the general public will open in mid-December.

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Apr
21
to Apr 24

Verde Valley, Arizona, Birding & Nature Festival

  • dead horse ranch state park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This exciting birding festival takes place in central Arizona along the Verde River and around the communities of Cottonwood and Sedona. The hub for the event is the beautiful Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. There are tons of opportunities for birding at all levels and learning about the natural surroundings of the area.

Here is more info: birdyverde.org

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Dec
30
to Jan 13

Annual Nevada Winter Raptor Survey

It's time again to count winter raptors of Nevada. This effort is coordinated by the Nevada Department of Wildlife's Mackenzie Jeffress, and it requires solid raptor ID skills, a GPS, a backroad-ready vehicle, and experience in negotiating remote winter roads. If this is your first time on the survey, it's probably best to ride with someone the first time. A map of available routes and contact information are available here.

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