Since most of wildlife management in the United States rests with states rather than the federal government, we'll look at certain aspects of wildlife management here in Nevada, including the structure (Nevada Department of Wildlife/Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners), who pays, where is the focus, recent public attitude polling information, and problem areas.
Don Molde is a 50-year Reno resident, retired physician and long-time wildlife advocate. He is a long-time member of LAS, former board member of the Nevada Humane Society and Defenders of Wildlife and current board member of the Mountain Lion Foundation. He is also co-founder of Nevada Wildlife Alliance (Facebook: Nevada Wildlife Alliance; website: nvwildlifealliance.org).
Sage Grouse and Cattle Photo Courtesy of Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Did you miss last month's virtual member meeting? We have made it available on youtube for you to watch anytime and share with friends and family. November's meeting took a look at the hawks, eagles, falcons and other raptors of northern Nevada with biology professor Alan Gubanich. Alan goes into great detail discussing all about the raptors in our area, and helpful hints to identify the raptors while you are out in nature.
This long webinar is in two parts.
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People new to birding, and even some long-time birders, often have difficulty identifying hawks in the field. Join long-time LAS member Alan Gubanich for an evening presentation on how to identify the up to seventeen species that can be seen in our area. Alan will use a PowerPoint presentation to guide you through the process of separating one hawk from another. Keep your field guide beside you while you watch! Feel free to bring the whole family!
Alan is an emeritus faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno where he was a member of the Biology Department for 35 years (1970-2005). He taught classes in Ornithology, General Biology, Field Studies and several other disciplines. He is Past- Vice-President of the local Lahontan Audubon Society (LAS) and Chair of their Education Committee, a Board Member of the Great Basin Institute (GBI), and a former Board Member of the Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO.) He banded birds for over 11 years in the Truckee Meadows as part of a nation-wide population study. He is co-editor with Karen Kish of A Birding Guide to Reno and Beyond, 2nd edition. He has led outdoor weekend trips and one-day excursions (natural history, cultural history, birding, botanizing) in both Nevada and California through the Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WDCE) Department of Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) and has traveled to and/or organized tours to various locations in North, Central and South America, Europe, Japan, Africa and Hawaii. He and his wife now regularly spend quality time with their grandtwins, Rita and Jackson, at least once a week.