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Just 60 miles west of Reno lies an area that has been designated as a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy. With 69 miles of shoreline and covering 12,000 surface acres, Lahontan Valley Wetlands' core is the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge. The reservoir provides a home for more than 280 bird species. Its diverse wetlands attract more than a million waterfowl as well as over 20,000 other water birds, including pelicans, egrets, cormorants, herons, ibis, gulls and terns. Lying in a closed basin at the terminus of the Carson River, the wetlands attract winter residents such as bald eagles, rough-legged hawks and ...

Just 60 miles west of Reno lies an area that has been designated as a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy. With 69 miles of shoreline and covering 12,000 surface acres, Lahontan Valley Wetlands' core is the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge. The reservoir provides a home for more than 280 bird species. Its diverse wetlands attract more than a million waterfowl as well as over 20,000 other water birds, including pelicans, egrets, cormorants, herons, ibis, gulls and terns. Lying in a closed basin at the terminus of the Carson River, the wetlands attract winter residents such as bald eagles, rough-legged hawks and northern shrikes. During mild winters, a significant number of ibis, egrets, herons and shorebirds also stay in the area. The park is open year-round and can be accessed from several entrances. The canoe trip down the Carson River to the reservoir is a favorite with bird watchers.

Connie Emerson
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Connie Emerson is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Cheapskate's Guide to Branson, Missouri and Eyewitness Top Ten Travel Guide – Las Vegas.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring and fall when birds are migrating