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Swainson's Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush and Other Birds of Lake Tahoe

   by Will Richardson
Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Helling Library Community Room, Nevada City

Will Richardson has been conducting research for 2 years on Swainson’s Thrush in the Tahoe region. This species, once often seen and heard in the Sierra, has become increasingly rare. Despite the rarity of this species, Will has had capture and deployment success over the previous two seasons, putting tracking units on a total of 50 birds between Tahoe and Plumas sites (thanks in part to generous donations from SFAS). He is going to be reporting to us on this project.

In 2015 a Big Year was declared in the Tahoe basin and volunteers from throughout the region contributed to counting all species seen in the area. We will hear about this year long event also.

Will is the Co-Executive Director of The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS). TINS is a member-supported nonprofit organization seeking to advance the natural history, conservation, and ecosystem knowledge of the Tahoe region through science, education, and outreach. We have a long-term goal of bringing a world-class interpretive nature center and educational facility to the Tahoe area. In the meantime, we engage in a diversity of research, education, and outreach programs to promote greater appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of the natural resources of the Tahoe region. Through applied field research, TINS works collaboratively to help public and private land managers answer the questions that inform management decisions. Through outreach and citizen science, we engage the public directly, and allow them access to a deeper natural history experience and a greater comprehension of the region’s natural resources.