Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge Article

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Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Map showing the location of Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge
Map of the United States
Location Churchill County, Nevada, United States
Nearest city Fallon, Nevada
Coordinates 39°32′30″N 118°29′26″W / 39.54158°N 118.49069°W / 39.54158; -118.49069
STILLWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Latitude and Longitude:

39°32′30″N 118°29′26″W / 39.54158°N 118.49069°W / 39.54158; -118.49069
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Area79,570 acres (322.0 km2)
Established1949
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Website Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge

Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge of the United States in Nevada. It is located in the Lahontan Valley, near the community of Fallon, sixty miles east of Reno. It was established in 1949 and encompasses 79,570 acres (322.0 km2). [2]

The Stillwater wetlands are well known to birders, as this area has been designated a site of international importance by the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network because of the hundreds of thousands of shorebirds, such as long-billed dowitcher, black-necked stilt, and American avocet passing through during migration.

Also listed as a 'Globally Important Bird Area' by the American Bird Conservancy, more than 280 species have been sighted in the area. These tremendously rich and diverse wetlands attract more than a quarter million waterfowl, as well as over 20,000 other water birds, including American white pelicans, double-crested cormorants, white-faced ibis, and several species of egrets, herons, gulls, and terns.

References

  1. ^ "Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Boundary Revision". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. March 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-12-12.

 This article incorporates  public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.