Enjoy a great day outdoors while soaking up some knowledge about the beautiful area you call home with the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS).
TINS hosts several activities and events to bring Tahoe’s natural history, science, and conservation issues to the public through walks and talks, citizen science programs, or other special events such as the 2015 Tahoe Big Year.
Discover dabblers, divers, and other feathered friends with local birder Jim Woods on April 1, 2015. Woods will show you where to look to find birds in their natural habitats, and will share his knowledge of birds and other local wildlife.
Catch birds in their native habitat, while having a fun and informative nature day with our local birds as the star of the show. read more →
Sponsored by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, the Tahoe Big Year celebrates the hundreds of bird species that make the Tahoe region their home all year-round or a fly-way vacation, while passing through to other destinations.
Throughout 2015, participants will scour the Lake Tahoe region in search of as many species of birds as they can find. This event is not strictly a competition, but an opportunity to learn about and experience the Tahoe’s diverse bird community and rich birding opportunities. read more →
This remarkable interaction between nature and agriculture attracts photographers, birders and nature-lovers of all kinds who come to closely observe bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and a variety of other birds and wildlife species.
It’s a bird lover’s paradise during the Annual Eagles and Agriculture Event February 19-22, 2015 in Carson Valley. read more →
As part of a national survey effort monitoring the recovery of Bald Eagle populations, the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) is seeking volunteers to assist with the 33rd annual Mid-winter Bald Eagle Count on January 9th, 2015. Volunteers will be responsible for counting all bald eagles at one of 26 sites distributed around the Lake Tahoe shoreline during a three-hour period on the morning of the count. Click here for map locations.
I see Bald Eagles every time I go to the lake. Magical.
The South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count on December 15th, from 8am until sundown, is a chance to do some birding in the winter, socialize with other birders and contribute to the largest, longest running citizen science program in the world.
Novices to experts are all welcome for this fun winter event that focuses the 7.5 mile radius count circle on the Upper Truckee River mouth.
Join naturalist and birder, Jim Woods, on a hunt for migrating birds heading from Hope Valley to lower elevations of beautiful Alpine County at Sorensen’s Resort November 8, 20134.
With informed guide and local birder Jim Woods, plan on having a fun and informative nature day with our local birds as the star of the show. read more →
Pope Beach and Pope Marsh.
It’s the quintessential spot for bird watching in South Lake Tahoe.
Their pecking sounds painful.
They’re so loud that sometimes they sound like jackhammers.
Flock to Taylor Creek Visitor Center for the 5th Annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival on Saturday, June 7th from 8 am to 4 pm.
The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and US Fish and Wildlife Service invites everyone to this free event for fun and educational walks, workshops, educational activities and live bird demonstrations. read more →
You may have seen them lately because they’re only here in the Spring.
Big white birds, flying in perfect formation high in the sky. Lake Tahoe is in the migratory path of pelicans headed for Pyramid Lake, Nevada.
These pelicans are quite large, often mistaken for geese. Look again.
It’s the distinctive 3-note whistle of the Mountain Chickadee.
Birds of the Sierra Nevada, by Ted Beedy and Ed Pandolfino, is a beautifully illustrated user-friendly book with the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region. Each species account features original illustrations by Keith Hansen.
In addition to characterizing individual species, Birds of the Sierra Nevada also describes ecological zones and bird habitats, recent trends in populations and ranges, conservation efforts, and more than 160 rare species. It also includes a glossary of terms, detailed maps, and an extensive bibliography with over 500 citations.
You know what they say… Birds of a feather flock together. And boy do they.
If you love birds, join the South Shore bird network at Cove East every Wednesday morning and learn more about Tahoe birds all year round. If you’re lucky you’ll see our resident Beaver in the Truckee River, and a Hooded Merganser, Great-Blue Heron, and Red-tailed Hawk.
Have you ever wondered what our animals do for the winter? Do Tahoe bears really hibernate? Exactly what IS hibernation, anyway? Where do the frogs go? What about the birds, squirrels, and insects?
Join the Tahoe Institute of Natural Science for Winter Wildlife Survival on January 22, 2014 in South Shore for a slide show and fascinating presentation. read more →
Learn about native plants, birds and animals at the Native Species Festival presented by the USFS on June 9, 2013.
The events will take place 10am-4pm and be sure to walk over to Baldwin Beach right next door and help remove that nasty Eurasian watermilfoil that harms our lake.
On September 24th, TINS will launch a new bird banding field trip program with sixty 8th graders from South Tahoe Middle School at a banding site at Pope Marsh. Students will rotate between three stations where they will learn about bird banding, the physics of flight, and how to identify birds in the field.
Don’t miss the Bird Banding Demonstrations in Blackwood Canyon, just north of Homewood on September 8th, from 7am to 11am.
Summer is a perfect time to learn about birds that migrate to Lake Tahoe for the season – and boy are they noisy this year. Join Kirk Hardie, Co- Executive Director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science for a lecture on June 14th followed by a bird watching walk on June 16th to introduce us to the migratory birds of the Lake Tahoe region.
Bring the whole family to Galena Creek Park to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count hike from 1pm-2pm on February 19. During the short hike you’ll take 10 minute breaks to count the birds. Upon return to the Visitor Center, numbers will be tabulated and added to the national database.
Please bring binoculars and register at (775) 849-4948. Suggested donation $5 per person.
Through June 7, 2011 Lahontan Audubon Society will present its popular “Birds of the Truckee Meadows” series of classes on bird identification.
Each session is presented by a different local expert. This is an excellent learning opportunity for new birders, birders new to the area, or birders seeking a review to identify birds in the Truckee Meadows.
Spring Birding Hot Spots in South Tahoe Area
by Sue Stevenson, South Shore artist and avid birder