Birding Nevada

If you want to add Himalayan snowcock to your North American list, you’ll have to climb to above the tree line in the Ruby Mountains of northern Nevada—and many birders do.  North of Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the most sparsely populated states in the United States, and the most arid. Still, its state checklists boasts 460 species. Because Nevada is so dry, birds are often abundant in riparian areas, especially during migration. Many lakes, rivers and wetlands not far from the state’s major cities are birding hotspots where you are likely to pick up western specialties such as mountain bluebird, phainopepla, pinyon jay, Wilson’s phalarope, and Lazuli bunting.

  • Nevada Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Nevada Birding Hotspots

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Entrance sign at Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Elko County, White Pine County, Nevada. Photo by F.A. Martin / Wikimedia.

Birding in Northern Nevada

Northern Nevada is a true remnant of the Old West: sparsely populated, starkly beautiful, and an outdoor delight. This is one of the most remote and isolated places left in the Lower 48, crowded with snow-capped peaks, expansive high-desert valleys, open marshes, and plenty of wildlife. It is a great place to spot pronghorn, mountain lion, mountain goat, mule deer, bighorn sheep, badgers, and hundreds of species of birds.
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