Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge has scheduled five free guided public tours beginning Saturday at 9 a.m. and continuing once a month through February.
“Early Fall and Winter are a great time of year to observe migrating birds and resident wildlife on the refuge, even in this drought year,” said Visitor Services Manager Susan Sawyer. “Animals tend to concentrate near the limited water sources on the refuge, and may be easier to observe.”
Transportation is provided through a grant received from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Southwest Regional Office in Sacramento. The tours are open to everyone. Tours meet at the refuge information kiosk at the end of Stillwater Road, 12 miles east of Fallon on State Route 116, and last two and a half hours. Seats are limited to 16 people on each tour.
Other tour dates are Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 31 and Feb. 14; times will vary.
Call Stillwater NWR at 775-423-5128 ext. 228 for information and to reserve tour seats. Deadline to register for each tour is noon the day before.