Photos courtesy of Brian Meltzner.
Earlier this year we shared that a particularly virulent strain of avian influenza is circulating in the US. Recently a case was confirmed in a backyard chicken flock in Carson City. The risk to humans is low, however, there has been one reported case of this strain making the jump to a human in Colorado. For the time being we are not accepting donations of dead birds for our taxidermy collection and we ask if you find a dead bird do not handle it. If would like to report it, contact Nevada Department of Wildlife for further instructions.
If there is an outbreak is detected in your area, please remove bird feeders and baths until the outbreak has subsided. Additionally, it is good practice to regularly sterilize your bird feeders and baths to avoid outbreaks of any communicable disease in your backyard flock. Check out our article on Salmonella and Responsible Bird Feeding for details on maintaining feeders.
By Jennie Jones Scherbinski
Lahontan Audubon Society is truly a special organization full of amazing volunteers and dedicated members and I am so proud of all the work that we have accomplished over the past two years. Unfortunately, I have made the decision to step away from my leadership role and I have asked the board to begin recruiting for the next Executive Director. Some of you may know that my husband and I welcomed our first son last year and I have been doing double duty as a full-time mom and part time executive director. As LAS continues to grow, I feel that I will no longer be able to provide the level of attention that it deserves. This was an incredibly difficult decision for me, but ultimately I think it is in the best interest of the organization and I am confident that we can find someone to take LAS to the next level. I will remain involved with LAS and work to ensure all the momentum we have built continues forward. Our programs have started to garner attention nationally and I am so excited to see where the next chapter leads us. Thank you all for your support over the last few years. It has been an honor to serve you.
By Rose Strickland
By Kevin J. DesRoberts and Jeanne R. Tinsman
Based on the overwhelming success of the LAS Costa Rica international trips completed early this year, LAS in partnership with Crescentia Expeditions is offering a special birding trip focused on the birds of Southern Costa Rica (1/27/23-2/5/23). On this trip we will visit National Parks and private reserves and biological stations covering a variety of habitats: Pacific rainforest lowlands, intermountain valleys, cloud forests, and alpine páramo. The tour is designed for birders with some level of experience and who want to expand their knowledge of neotropical birds. Our guide will again by Mario Córdoba, one of Costa Rica’s top birders. Join us for a fun and educational trip!
Join us as we help support 2 local conservation groups and visit national parks and private reserves. Our small group (10 participants max) will be led by local, expert guide, Mario Cordoba.
During our trip we’ll visit:
- Pacific rainforest lowlands near Golfito and Osa Peninsula,
- Las Cruces Biological Station in San Vito intermountain valley
- Talamanca cloud forest mountains in San Gerardo de Dota
This tour is designed for birders with some level of experience seeking to expand their knowledge about neotropical birds. The trip includes all lodging, all meals, professional birding guide, private a/c coach, entrance fees, printed checklist, purified drinking water & gratuities.
Price per person:
9-10 birders: $3650
7-8 birders: $3900
Single supplement $600
What is the Intermountain West Shorebird Survey?
Shorebirds represent a unique aspect of biodiversity that links isolated sites, often hundreds or thousands of miles apart, and thus, shorebirds are excellent indicators of environmental health across large and small landscapes.
Inland sites in the Intermountain West are oases for our migratory shorebirds. Our collective efforts will document changes to freshwater wetlands and saline lakes over the past 30 years by recreating the last comprehensive shorebird survey of the region in 1989-1995. By combining the efforts of professional and volunteer scientists, we will collect critical information to help sustain shorebird populations into the future, which is the purpose of the Intermountain West Shorebird Survey.
The project objectives are:
We need help collecting baseline site information (access points, observation locations, and potential hazards), designing routes and surveying sites. We will be providing more details on what information we need and how to collect it during our upcoming webinar sessions. Please fill out the online form below if you are interested in visiting a familiar or new shorebird site to help design surveys and count shorebirds during our migration windows (August 9th – 22nd and April 24th – 30th), any effort helps shorebirds count! Mileage reimbursement is available on a case-by-case basis.
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Ready to get involved?