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Summer Avian Visitors: Birding at Lake Tahoe with TINS

Posted on July 22, 2015
Filed Under Birding at Tahoe

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 bird watching walks to introduce us to the migratory birds of the Lake Tahoe region.

Kirk Hardie grew up in Sacramento, Calif., and spent most winter weekends skiing in the Tahoe region. He has been an environmental educator in Idaho, Oregon, California, and Nevada, highlighting the beauty of birds in the natural world, among many other topics. He received his Master of Science degree in Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2009, where he developed a four-week high-school curriculum based on the ecology of the Great Basin. Kirk’s ornithology background has included working with Gunnison Sage-Grouse and Lewis’s Woodpeckers in addition to co-leading international birding trips. He teaches Field Ornithology as an adjunct faculty member at Sierra Nevada College and enjoys hiking, biking, snowboarding, and snowshoeing in his free time.

The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) is a nonprofit organization seeking to advance the natural history, conservation, and ecosystem knowledge of the Tahoe region. Its long-term goal is to bring a world-class interpretive nature center and educational facility to the Tahoe area. Currently, the organization engages in multiple science, education, and outreach programs to promote greater appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of the natural resources of the Tahoe region.

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