FALLON, Nev. (News4Utah)- Designated as a site of international importance, the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge is a desert oasis for migratory birds, wildlife, and plants.
The area is celebrated by groups like the American Bird Conservancy and the National Aubudon Society for the tremendously rich and diverse wetlands that attract more than a quarter million waterfowl, as well as over 20,000 other water birds.
But birds aren’t the only wildlife attracted to the area. Coyotes, white-tailed antelope ground squirrels, jack and cottontail rabbits, kangaroo rats, five species of lizards, a few types of snakes, and many insects can be seen in abundance throughout the seasons of the refuge.
Visitors can explore a variety of walking trails spread across the nearly 80,000 acres of wetlands. Boating and hunting are also allowed.
Carl Lunderstadt is the manager of Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge.
He says the refuge provides great hunting opportunities.
“If they want a chance to bag a swan, the Stillwater Refuge in Northern Nevada is one of the only places around where you can hunt swans. And you can hunt other species here too,” said Lunderstadt.
Stillwater Refuge is a seven-hour road trip from Salt Lake City. There’s plenty of places to stay, eat, and shop in the quaint town of Fallon.
At nearby Grimes Point, visitors can view rock writings and petroglyphs of ancient civilizations.
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