Surrounded by the beauty of the Sierra Nevadas and nearby Lake Tahoe, and a recent home to several tech companies, Reno has become a popular place to live and play. Along with that popularity comes expanding urbanization and its associated challenges with conserving habitat and wildlife. Attendees will learn about these challenges, successes, and conservation efforts first-hand by touring open spaces and field sites in the greater Reno-Sparks area. We will visit a field site where researchers are studying the impacts of stress on urban wildlife, tour the beautiful Oxbow Nature Study area, an urban open space recognized as a model for wildlife and aquatic education programs, and learn about fish management along the Truckee, a river that runs directly through downtown Reno. We also will visit the ARK wildlife sanctuary, a 38 acre facility that is home to injured or otherwise non-releasable native wildlife to learn more about the conflicts animals face in this area. There will be opportunities for birding throughout the day. At each stop we will meet and learn from Nevada Department of Wildlife biologists or University of Nevada-Reno researchers. Each stop and associated presentation will be designed so that participants learn about conservation in an urban environment first hand. Participants will be encouraged to interact with presenters via discussions at stops and hands-on activities may be provided. The workshop also will offer opportunities for participants to exchange ideas and lessons learned from urban wildlife research and management issues in the cities in which they work.
Organizers: Liza Lehrer
Supported by: The Urban Wildlife Working Group