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We're the worker bees found in that little office in Idlewild Park across from the California Building. We are grant writers, program developers, student educators, trail guides, AmeriCorps members, and above all, park lovers! Feel free to stop in our office with questions, concerns, ideas, or simply to say hello. You will get many hellos in return!

First Things First, I’m a Birder

When I moved to Reno, when I finally made it those 2400 miles across the country, do you know what was on the top of my to-do list? Bookstore run. Yes, I’m an avid reader (and writer), but my mission wasn’t the newest fiction or a literary classic. No, it was a Sibley field guide to the birds of western America. I had made it those 2400 miles without a guide, and had taken many-a picture in hopes of identification at a later date. And that day had finally come. Of the new birds, I had seen many. My life list was getting quite the influx—it’s amazing that travel can do that! I added to my list: horned lark, chukar, western meadowlark, loggerhead shrike, common raven, black-billed magpie, Cali

Weekend Edition: Antelope Island State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah

Moving from Ohio to Nevada was no small feat. I packed up my car with just about everything I own, and, along with my mom, made the cross-country trek, Reno or bust. We stopped in Rock Island, Illinois, Greeley, Colorado, and Layton, Utah, all before we arrived in Reno. And, of course, there were many detours and side-trips. It wouldn’t be a Mom ‘n’ Kelsey Roadtrip, otherwise (ask me about the Fish Hatchery Debacle of 2012 and I will tell you quite the tale). Perhaps the most memorable of these side trips was Antelope Island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake in Utah—maybe you’ve heard of it. My mom and I were going to stop for a few hours, watch some birds, and make the final stretch to R

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