Volunteer shorebird surveyors at Carson Lake, Spring 2022 - photo by Diane Wong-Kone
Desert wetlands provide critical stopover sites for shorebirds flying north and south on long, annual migration journeys, but increasing drought and increased water demands diminish our wetlands. Wetland land managers need to carefully balance scarce water in the West, to supply needed stopover habitat where migrating shorebirds can rest and feed along their journey. Lahontan Audubon Society volunteers are helping to inform water management needs by monitoring shorebirds in the Lahontan Valley Wetlands near Fallon, NV. Our volunteer crews help state and federal biologists count birds in spring and fall.