Birds In Town
Area Birding Guide
The maps and directions provided here come directly from A Birding Guide to Reno and Beyond, Second Edition, published by the Lahontan Audubon Society. This guide can be purchased from our online store. For photographs of species and detailed species information we recommend visiting All About Birds hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
* Denotes that the Area has been recognized by the National Audubon Society as a Nevada IBA.
** Denotes that the Area lies within a Nevada IBA.
Bird Safety & Birding Ethics
I found a baby Bird
Determine if the baby bird is a nestling or a fledgling.
Fledgling: no need to intervene, as these birds will continue to hop out of the nest and start their independence! Their parents are usually nearby watching. Observe from a distance.
Nestling: sparsely feathered and incapable of hopping, walking or flitting, these baby birds will need some assistance. The nest is probably nearby. If you can find the nest, quickly and carefully return the baby bird to its home. Parent birds do not recognize their young by smell. Contrary to popular belief, they will not abandon the baby if it has been touched by humans.
A wildlife rehabilitator can assist in unique circumstances that jeopardize the livelihood of the baby bird.
I found an injured bird
LAS does not take in injured birds.
Carson City and Dayton
Accepts all bird groups and is known for her unusual ability to rehab bunnies.
Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, South Lake Tahoe
Cheryl and Tom Milham and a staff of volunteers
ALL bird groups and many difficult species including bear, beaver, otter, bobcat, and mergansers
I want to feed the geese
Geese develop "angel wing," meaning they lose their ability to fly, when they're fed unnatural foods (bread, chips, etc.).
Feed the local birds these items instead:
Birds are hitting my windows
ABC’s Collisions Program addresses the collision threat to birds through multiple strategies, including research to identify effective collision deterrents, education of architectural professionals through courses that qualify for continuing education credit, development and broad distribution of information resources, helping manufacturers create bird-friendly products, and actively promoting bird-friendly legislation.
ABA CODE OF BIRDING ETHICS
1. Promote the welfare of birds and their environment.
2. Respect the law, and the rights of others.
3. Ensure that feeders, nest structures, and other artificial bird environments are safe.
4. Group birding, whether organized or impromptu, requires special care.
Each individual in the group, in addition to the obligations spelled out in Items #1 and #2, has responsibilities as a Group Member.
Please Follow this Code and Distribute and Teach it to Others
E-BIRD GUIDELINES FOR REPORTING SENSITIVE SPECIES
We have posted this story again as a reminder of how to report sensitive species in eBird.
As birders, we all love to see owls--they are beautiful, fascinating, and generally hard to come by. An encounter with an owl can be among the most memorable of birding experiences. In many places, however, roosting owls are vulnerable to disturbance, particularly in areas where owls are scarce and people are abundant! When owls are flushed from their secretive roosting spots they are frequently ‘mobbed’ by crows and jays, creating lots of commotion in the process, and drawing attention to species that rely on their cryptic plumage to help hide them from potential predators. If mobbing occurs frequently, the owls may abandon the roosting site. In the worst-case scenario, a larger predator like a Red-tailed Hawk or Great Horned Owl may be alerted to the presence of the smaller owls, and prey upon them.
We use owls as an example of what might be considered a ‘sensitive species’, but these can change locally and regionally. So what steps should we take to avoid disturbing owls and sensitive species in general? And how does that relate to reporting these birds to eBird?
Be a conscientious birder
It’s up to each and every individual birder to ensure that they behave themselves in the field. The American Birding Association published a Birding Code of Ethics that should be followed by all birders (see below). eBird fully supports these recommendations and we are pleased that the great majority of birders follow this code. We encourage all birders to review these guidelines, and realize that they are established to help protect the birds we all love to watch!
Moreover, take it upon yourself to understand the conservation concerns in your area, and be aware that your actions could impact birds negatively. Use bird conservation resources like local Audubon chapters and the American Bird Conservancy to learn more about the issues in your area. Be smart, be aware, and always keep the bird’s best interests in mind.
How to report sensitive species to eBird
eBird has a series of output tools that display information about birds. Our goal is to promote the exchange of information, and our tools are designed to help people share data. With that in mind, one must consider whether it is appropriate to report specifics about birds that could be considered sensitive. eBirders must take it upon themselves to understand the situation locally and to use their best judgment, as the status of a species may change from place to place. For example, Long-eared Owls are particularly vulnerable to human disturbance in their day roosts across the Northeast, but in the West they can occupy more remote areas away from potential problems.
Here are a few ways to help protect sensitive species when reporting to eBird: