The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has listed 456 bird species for the state of Nevada. Many of the State's parks, wildlife management areas, local parks and local facilites have bird lists and trail guides.
Nevada is a state of striking geological features. There are over 300 named mountain ranges. Elevations range from 2,000 feet to over 13,000 feet. It is a land of stark contrasts. Over 85% of the state is in public ownership. This makes more of the state accessible to all of us and enhances our opportunity to enjoy bird watching in Nevada.
Birding is about patience. Some areas of Nevada seem barren, but nature camouflages very well and challenges you to look very hard for birds common to that area. Other locations will overwhelm you with an abundance of birds.
Water is essential both for birds and bird watchers. Always carry water! If you travel on unimproved roads, carry a shovel. Temperatures rise and fall very rapidly in the desert and mountains. These temperature changes affect when and where you will find birds. Because the temperature can change by 40 or more degrees in just a few hours, wear layers of clothing to protect yourself. A hat and sunscreen are very useful. If you are not used to the elevation, take your time.
Rattlesnakes and scorpions hide under rocks and logs. Gloves will protect your hands from unintentional encounters. Snakes are vital to the desert habitat so please give them a wide berth.Bird Watcher's Digest:
Birding Northern Nevada By Thomas V. Ress
"If you love the outdoors, you’ll love northern Nevada. In addition to birding, this rugged area is a great place for fly-fishing, hiking, skiing, or just laid-back driving through tiny cowboy towns. It is the antithesis of glittery, pulsating Vegas. It is also the perfect setting for an exciting birding adventure."