Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Nevada

Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Nevada© 2009 Janet SchmidtAn American white pelican swoops in for a landing on the marshlands of a refuge lying 60 miles east of Reno.

1000 Auction Rd., Fallon

Viewed from the road, Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) appears as a vast expanse of desert scrub. Yet a million-plus migrating waterfowl home in on the marshland that dates back for thousands of years—land wet enough for the American Bird Conservancy to have listed Stillwater as a Globally Important Bird Area. Native species include egrets, herons, and double-crested cormorants. Throw in long-billed dowichers, black-necked stilts, and other shorebirds and it’s no wonder that countless binocular-wielding birders flock here.

Just to the northeast is the other open refuge in the complex: Fallon NWR. Anaho Island NWR, a sanctuary for colonial-nesting waterbirds such as the white pelican, is closed to the public.

Open daily.

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