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Village Green bird walks under way at Lake Tahoe

Staff report

The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science is leading free morning bird walks at the Village Green in Incline Village for third year in a row this spring.

Each year, the walks have grown in popularity and the diversity of birds that we have seen.

“These walks are a great way to get an introduction to birding (or bird watching to the not-yet-initiated), learn a new location to find birds, and to meet other like-minded nature enthusiasts,” according to a TINS news release.

It is also a great opportunity for participants in the Tahoe Big Year to add bird species to their lists. Birds will be identified by field marks, calls, and songs, giving participants the opportunity to view and learn the audio cues of birds.

Visit tahoebigyear.org to learn more.

According to TINS, the Village Green is a nice place 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 returning or migrating through species in addition to the Tahoe Basin’s year round species.

Over the two years of the walks, more than 50 species of birds have been spotted by TINS staff and participants. This includes six species of sparrows, five species of warblers, and nesting Black-headed Blackbirds.

The walks are every Wednesday morning, May 6 through June 10, from 7:30-9 a.m. Binoculars are highly recommended to give each participant the best chance of viewing birds.

Meet at the Aspen Grove Parking Lot, 960 Lakeshore Blvd. For information, visit tinsweb.org or call 775-298-0060.