Birds and Conservation in Nevada & Regionally
Birding, Conservation, and Environmental Groups
PRODUCTS & TOOLS
Frequently Asked Questions
I've found an injured bird. What should I do?
Evelyn Pickles runs a rehabilitation center in Dayton. She accepts all birds and mammals.
Injured birds can be dropped off at:
Comstock Printers in
3160 N Deer Run Rd Ste 7
Carson City, NV 89701
Monday – Friday
7:30am - 6:00pm
If you have any questions prior to delivery, call and leave a message at 775-246-0470.
Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, South Lake Tahoe
Denise Upton – Animal Care Director
ALL bird groups and many difficult species including bear, beaver, otter, bobcat, and mergansers
What kind of bird is this?
What can I do to prevent birds from flying into windows?
Birds and 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.
WHERE SHOULD I GO BIRDING IN NEVADA?
WHERE SHOULD I GO BIRDING IN CALIFORNIA?
WHEN SHOULD I PUT UP AND TAKE DOWN MY HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS?
IT IS WINTER AND I STILL HAVE A HUMMINGBIRD AT MY FEEDER, ARE MY FEEDERS PREVENTING THE HUMMINGBIRDS FROM MIGRATING?
In our area, we do have Anna’s Hummingbirds that regularly overwinter here, so if you have one sticking around, don’t worry, your feeder isn’t keeping them from migrating south. If you wish to continue feeding your winter resident, there are heated hummingbird feeders for sale or just remember to bring the feeders in at night to prevent the nectar from freezing. If you don't want to deal with frozen feeders in the cold weather, you can take them down, the hummingbird will find food elsewhere.
Read more about the Anna's Hummingbird, which has been expanding its range since the middle of the last century in response to more available feeders and nectar plants in suburban gardens here.
WHERE CAN I SHARE MY BIRD PHOTOS?
I FOUND An orphaned bird, WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH IT?
The spring and summer is orphan season. If you find an orphaned bird on the ground, it’s best to leave it alone. Baby birds will often fledge (leave the nest) prior to their ability to fly. This is common and their parents will still take care of them even if they are on the ground. If the bird is in danger, you can move it to a safer place.
I found a baby bird, what shall I do?
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:
BIRD SAFETY & BIRDING ETHICS
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: