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Free morning bird walks start next week at Lake Tahoe

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A black-headed grosbeak may be one of many bird species you'll see during the walks.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science is leading free morning bird walks at the Village Green in Incline Village for the fourth year in a row this spring.

These walks are a great way to get an introduction to birding (or bird watching), learn from local experts and meet other like-minded nature enthusiasts.

Birds will be identified by field marks, calls and songs, giving participants the opportunity to view and learn the audio cues of birds.

The Village Green is a great location for a bird walk because of the diversity of habitats present in a small area: pine forest, riparian habitats along two streams, the open field and a small wetland.

The timing of the walks also coincides with spring migration. Each week brings the possibility of new birds because of various migrating species that pass through the Tahoe area.

Over 50 species of birds have been spotted by TINS staff and participants during the past three years of walks. This includes nesting black-headed grosbeaks, gray flycatcher, six species of warblers and much more.

The walks are every Thursday morning, May 5 through June 9, from 7:30-9 a.m. Binoculars are highly recommended to provide each participant with the best chance of viewing birds.

Participants meet at the Aspen Grove Parking Lot, 960 Lakeshore Blvd., Incline Village.

This article was provided by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. For information, visit tinsweb.org or call 775-298-0060.