WHAT: One of the most significant wetlands in the Western U.S., the Lahontan Valley Wetlands in Fallon, attracts hundreds of thousands of birds each year. This spring, Fallon will be celebrating the annual Spring Wings Bird Festival once again, after two canceled years due to COVID-19, and will observe the spring migration.
WHEN: Saturday, April 30 - Sunday, May 1
Experts are available to facilitate events from 7:30 am — 11:30 am and 1:00pm — 3:00 pm on Saturday; and from 7:30 am — 11:30 am on Sunday
WHERE: Oats Park (119-101 W Park Street), Fallon, NV 89406
ABOUT: Come see what Fallon has in store for the Spring Wings Bird Festival.
Big Day Birding Competition
Find as many birds as you can on April 30th from 12:01am Saturday morning until 11:59pm Saturday night. The individual or team who spots the greatest number of species will get their name engraved on the first ever Spring Wings Big Day Birding Contest trophy and bragging rights until the next festival!
Bird Scavenger Hunt
Find the following list of birds in Lahontan Valley, drop off your completed scavenger hunt at Festival Central by 11:00am Sunday and get entered in a drawing to win a prize. There will also be some first come first serve giveaways available when you turn in your scavenger hunt form.
Spring Wings Bird Festival Passports
Pick up a passport from the five staffed locations at Festival Central, or download one here. Take your kid(s) who are 12 and under to each location and get their passport stamped. Lahontan State Recreation Area will waive the entrance fee for kids with a passport. Plan on going to Stillwater NWR for your last stamp and present completed passport to the refuge staff there for a free ride on an AIRBOAT! Boat rides are for kids and one parent/guardian.
Lahontan Audubon Society is hosting a free photo contest and the theme is the Diverse Birds of the Lahontan Valley Wetlands. Photographers of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome and encouraged to enter. Photo submissions will be accepted April 29-May 8, 2022.
Great Basin Bird Observatory Bird-a-Thon
GBBO is hosting the 2022 Nevada Bird-a-thon, a state-wide birding community event and fundraiser for bird conservation. Teams and individuals can participate by choosing one 24-hour period between May 1st-15th and record as many bird species within Nevada as possible. GBBO’s proceeds from the Nevada Bird-a-thon 2022 will go towards community science projects and research benefiting some of Nevada’s species in greatest need.
For more information, visit www.springwingsbirdfest.org.