By Lauren Whitenack, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.
By Diane Wong-Kone and Tom Stille
Free Vulture Talk!
Where: Galena Creek Visitor Center
When: Saturday, October 21, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Some say they are ugly - a face only a mother could love, some say they are beautiful. Whether you love them or hate them they are indispensable for our ecosystems. Vultures are the “clean-up” crew, removing dead animals from the environment before they can contaminate the surrounding habitats. Join Alan Gubanich, long-time member of the Lahontan Audubon Society, for a look at the life and habits of our native Turkey Vultures and their cousins, the Black Vultures. And if there is time, Alan might also discuss other vultures from around the world.
Photo taken earlier this year, Turkey Vulture near Winnemucca Pass Road, by Diane Wong-Kone
On October 14, 2023, Lahontan Audubon Society celebrated World Migratory Bird Day by participating in EBird's October Big Day. We offered 3 bird walks that day and over 5,000 birds were seen! Check out our eBird Report for the full list of birds seen this day! Share your Big Day eBird list with us at lasbirdinggroup :)
Photos by Dave Reynolds and Diane Wong-Kone.
Date: Saturday Oct. 21, 2023
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Place: River School Farm, 7777 White Fir St, Reno Click for Map Link
Organic gardening is a great way to keep your garden healthy. Healthy gardens are good for us, the birds, and wildlife too! In this event, we will make juice and learn about composting for our gardens.
This is an event for the whole family! Bring the kids and let them help. Do you have a tree filled with apples and don’t know what to do with them all? Let’s make some juice!
Tom Stille is inviting us to bring our apples, even if they have a worm hole – that gets filtered out – to make some juice or apple cider vinegar. Bring your apples and a container to take some juice home. Learn hands-on how apple juice is made, how to measure sugar or alcohol content, and how to use the leftover pulp for composting in your yard.
Tom rents the equipment to crush the apples but is generously inviting us all to join in the fun at the farm! Donations are welcome to help pay for the rental.
Enjoy a day by the river while you are there!
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2023
Place: Valleywood Park Waterwise Gardens - meet at the Gazebo, click to see map
What to Bring: Gardening clothes and favorite small garden tools for planting if you have it, but not needed as Tom has supplies handy.
Come and join us at our community gardens at Valleywood Park this Saturday! We will be planting California Fuschias for hummingbirds! This bright red flower grows well in our neighborhood. Lahontan Audubon Society's Vice President and owner of River School Farm, Tom Stille, is leading this effort and knows all when it comes to landscaping and gardening in our area. This planting effort is the first step to adding flowers to our hummingbird garden and there will be more opportunities to help out. This day, we will build a raised bed out of tree limbs, add live worm compost, plant, add drip irrigation, and mulch for the flowers. Learn techniques you can use in your own yard and help our wild birds thrive! Help us plant and then watch our gardens grow!