By Jeff Bleam
It's nice to be back on Standard time with the sun rising around 6:30 so it was nice to warm up in the sun. We started at the ponds where there were WIGEONS, MALLARDS, one CANADA GOOSE, a GADWALL, and 4 domestic Mallards. As we walked along the trail we found WC SPARROWS, JUNCOS, heard a DOWNY WOODPECKER, and saw a Flicker, which turned out to be an INTERGRADE NORTHERN FLICKER (Red x Yellow Shafted). More Sparrows at the path that cross the Creek as well as the RC KINGLET, CHICKADEES, and BUSHTITS. As we were walking away I looked back and saw GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS: Nice. Plenty SCRUB (34) and STELLERS (26) JAYS and we found out first HERMIT THRUSH along the path to Steamboat Ditch. Along the Ditch there was plenty of activity of LESSER GOLDFINCHES, HOUSE FINCHES, WC and GC SPARROWS, and SPOTTED TOWHEES. Back on the trail we walked up Alum Creek where we found many Sparrows, MAGPIE, and a few PYGMY and a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH. On the way back we saw PELICANS flying overhead, which was surprising. Three of us walk the lower part of Alum Creek and found a male Downy Woodpecker, a male ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD on the heated feeder and CA QUAIL. We found 35 species.
LAS is hosting a Welcome and Thank you Party honoring Diane Wong-Kone, Anna Bateman, and Drew Lindsey. This event is a potluck, so please help us celebrate by bringing either an appetizer or dessert to share. Plan to mix and mingle with fellow LAS members while helping us show our appreciation to our LAS staff.
LAS Welcome and Thank You Party
Appetizer and Dessert Potluck
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
The River School Farm, 777 White Fir Street, Reno
Staff Changes at LAS
Thank you, Diane Wong-Kone!
For the last year, Diane has served as our Development Coordinator VISTA. Diane has been a long time member of LAS and the local birding community and she brought so many wonderful ideas and great energy to our organization. Many of you have seen the amazing work she has done, but you may not realize how much she was responsible for. If you enjoyed our Annual Report, American Sign Language interpreted birding walks, the return of Spring Wings, and our inaugural Bird Drawing Workshops, you can thank Diane! She wrote grants to support these projects and even continued the drawing workshops beyond the grant project. She has written articles for The Pelican newsletter, led field trips, joined our Pinyon Jay and Shorebird Survey projects, and helped with outreach and education. Sadly, all good things must come to an end and Diane finished her AmeriCorps VISTA term of service last week. We are so grateful for everything that she accomplished for LAS and happy to know she will still be in the area. If you run into her at an LAS event, please thank her for all her hard work.
Welcome Anna Bateman!
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Lahontan Audubon Society, it is my pleasure to announce that Anna Bateman has been appointed as our Executive Director effective November 7, 2022. Anna is a native Nevadan and a Native American. Anna graduated from UNLV with a degree in Social Science/Public Administration. She continued her education at UNR where she received a Graduate degree in Justice Management. Anna is currently working on a PhD in Cross Cultural Studies/Indigenous Sustainability from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Anna has served the peoples of Nevada in multiple ways including as a teacher, an advocate for children and for victims, a coordinator for Fallon Family Services, and as a director for Shoshone Tribal vocational rehabilitation services. Most recently, Anna has been serving as the Tribal Administrator for the Valdez Native Tribe in Valdez, Alaska. Anna has returned home to Fallon, NV to share her extensive knowledge of grant writing and organization administration along with a passion for environmental conservation and social justice with LAS. Her knowledge and experience will assist us in furthering our goals of bird conservation and community education. Please help us welcome Anna to the LAS family!
Welcome Drew Lindsey!
Drew Lindsey has joined the LAS family as our newest VISTA volunteer. Drew is working with LAS as our Program Development Coordinator. He will be helping us plan new events and programs to meet the needs of our growing community. Drew is a native Texan, attended college at Evergreen State in Olympia, Washington, and worked as an educator and docent at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA. Please help us welcome Drew to Northern Nevada!
"I am looking forward to working with the Lahontan Audubon Society team and helping with bird conservation efforts in Northern Nevada." - Drew Lindsey
Welcome Tom Stille and Linda St-Cyr to our Board of Trustees!
Finally, we would like to welcome our two new trustees, Tom Stille and Linda St-Cyr. Thank you both for stepping in to these leadership positions at LAS. Sadly, that means we are saying goodbye to two of our former trustees. Big thanks to David Jickling and Sally Bates for their service on the board.