Birds of the Lahontan Valley

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Birds of the Lahontan Valley

A Guide to Nevada's Wetland Oasis

By Graham Chisholm; Larry A. Neel

University of Nevada Press, Paperback, 9780874174793, 237pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2001

Deep in the expanse of the Great Basin desert, in one of the warmest and driest basins in northern Nevada, lies a wetland oasis that is home to more than 290 species of resident and migratory birds. The Lahontan Valley wetlands, including Stillwater Marsh and Carson Lake, contain the remnants of a Pleistocene lake that once covered much of western and northern Nevada.Birds of the Lahontan Valleyis a major contribution to the study of natural history in the Great Basin. Authors Graham Chisholm and Larry A. Neel provide a comprehensive discussion of the geologic history of the area; the intricate relationships between climate, soil, vegetation, and local fauna; and the impact of humankind, from the ancient Paiute people to the farmers and ranchers of today. The book's greatest significance, however, lies in its detailed account of the bird species sighted in the Lahontan Valley. Enhanced by 56 line drawings by ornithological artist Mimi Hoppe Wolf, maps, color photographs of habitats and their related bird species, and directions to bird-viewing sites, this work is an essential resource for birders, naturalists, conservationists, and anyone interested in the outdoors.

About the Author
A birder since childhood, Graham Chisholmnow lives in Berkeley, California, with his family and is the director of conservation for Audubon California. In his role as cofounder and first director for the Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO), Chisholm helped build the partnerships to get theAtlas of the Breeding Birds of Nevadaunder way. Previously Graham served as an aide in the U.S. Senate and worked extensively on land and water conservation issues in the West while serving as director of both the Nevada and California programs for The Nature Conservancy. He coauthored with Larry NeelThe Birds of the Lahontan Valley. Larry A. Neelis a Staff Biologist in the Wildlife Diversity Bureau of the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Neel has been involved in a diverse array of wildlife conservation planning efforts. He served as chief editor of the Nevada Partners in Flight Bird Conservation Plan, and most recently served as project leader for the drafting of the Nevada Wildlife Action Plan, a plan submitted to Congress describing the statewide conservation needs of all wildlife in Nevada."