Reno, Nevada | Reno (South), NV | Sparks, NV

Carmel Ruiz-Hilton

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Reno, Nevada

Moana Nursery,
1100 West Moana Lane
Reno, NV 89509

Phone: (775) 825-0600
Fax: (775) 825-9359
Email: Send Message

Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Additional Website:
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Store Managers: Evan Pearson, Devon Johnson ; Bird Experts: Carmel Ruiz-Hilton, Lisa Braginton, Jon Bruyn

Reno (South), Nevada

Moana Nursery,
11301 South Virginia Street
Reno (South), NV 89511

Phone: (775) 853-1319
Fax: (775) 853-0467
Email: Send Message

Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Additional Website:
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Visit Store Managers: Michael Roth, Kelly Miler plus Bird Experts: Carmel Ruiz-Hilton, Steve Packer

Sparks, Nevada

Moana Nursery,
7655 Pyramid Highway
Sparks, NV 89436

Phone: (775) 425-4300
Fax: (775) 425-4340
Email: Send Message

Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Additional Website:
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Visit Store Manager: Brad Hunter; Bird Experts: Carmel Ruiz-Hilton & Michelle Gilmore

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We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.
- Bird Of The Month -
Rufous Hummingbird
BOM Rufous Hummingbird
Scientific name: Selasphorus rufus 
How to identify: 
The Rufous is a fairly small hummingbird with a slender, nearly straight bill, a tail that tapers to a point when folded, and fairly short wings that don't reach the end of the tail when the bird is perched. In good light, male Rufous Hummingbirds glow like coals: bright orange on the back and belly, with a vivid iridescent-red throat. Females are green above with rufous-washed flanks, rufous patches in the green tail, and often a spot of orange in the throat.
Rufous Hummingbirds typically breed in open or shrubby areas, forest openings, yards, and parks, and sometimes in forests, thickets, swamps, and meadows from sea level to about 6,000 feet. During their migration, look for Rufous Hummingbirds in mountain meadows up to 12,600 feet elevation. In Mexico, wintering Rufous Hummingbirds live in oak, pine, and juniper woods at 7,500 to 10,000 feet elevation, shrubby areas, and thorn forests.
Where to find one:
Backyards and flower-filled parks are good places to find Rufous Hummingbirds while they're around, but these birds spend much of the year on the move. Rufous Hummingbirds may take up temporary residence in your garden if you grow hummingbird flowers or put out feeders. However, they may also make life difficult for any other hummingbird species that visit your yard. If you live on their migration route, visiting Rufous Hummingbirds are likely to move on after just a week or two.
How to attract one to your yard:  
Rufous Hummingbirds feed primarily on nectar from colorful, tubular flowers including columbine, scarlet gilia, penstemon, Indian paintbrush, mints, lilies, fireweeds, larkspurs, currants, and heaths. Rufous Hummingbirds get protein and fat from eating insects, particularly gnats, midges, and flies taken from the air, and aphids taken from plants.
This species often comes to hummingbird feeders. Make sugar water mixtures with about one-quarter cup of sugar per cup of water. Food coloring is unnecessary; table sugar is the best choice. Change the water before it grows cloudy or discolored and remember that during hot weather, sugar water ferments rapidly to produce toxic alcohol.
Interesting fact:
The Rufous Hummingbird makes one of the longest migratory journeys of any bird in the world, as measured by body size. At just over 3 inches long, its roughly 3,900-mile movement (one-way) from Alaska to Mexico is equivalent to 78,470,000 body lengths. In comparison, the 13-inch-long Arctic Tern's one-way flight of about 11,185 mi is only 51,430,000 body lengths
For more information on Rufous Hummingbirds, visit one of the three Moana Nursery store locations:  1100 W. Moana Ln. & 11301 S. Virginia St., Reno and 7644 Pyramid Hwy., Sparks. 
Carmel Ruiz-Hilton is Manager of Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops at Moana Nursery in Reno/Sparks
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Upcoming Events
Lahontan Audubon Society
FIELD TRIP - Susanville Sage-grouse Lek & Honey Lake, CA
When  Sat, April 2, 4am - 2pm
Where  1810 Silverada Blvd, Reno, NV 89512
FIELD TRIP - Damonte Wetlands
When  Sat, April 9, 9am - 12pm
Where  1001 Steamboat Pkwy, Reno, NV 89521
Olympic Peninsula BirdFest
When  Apr 12 - 19, 2016
Where  Olympic Peninsula, Washington 98331
Birds & Books Reading Group - The Life of Birds
When  Tue, April 19, 4pm - 6pm
Where  Sundance Bookstore & Music, 121 California Ave, Reno, NV 89509
Owens Lake Bird Festival 2nd Annual
When  Fri, April 22, 6pm - Sun, April 24, 1pm
Where  Lone Pine, CA
When  Sat, April 23, 8am - 12pm
Where  Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 1595 North Sierra Street, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

FIELD TRIP - Swan Lake & Lemmon Valley Ponds
When  Sat, April 23, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Where  120 Lemmon Dr, Reno, NV 89506
Owens Lake Bird Festival 2nd Annual
When  Fri, April 22, 6pm - Sun, April 24, 1pm
Where  Lone Pine, CA

Program Meeting - Will Richardson - The 2015 Tahoe Big Year
When  Tue, April 26, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where  Moana Nursery at Moana Lane, Reno, Nevada, 1100 W Moana Ln, Reno, NV 89509
Birds of the Truckee Meadows - Introduction to Birding
When  Wed, April 27, 6pm - 8pm
Where  Moana Nursery Landscape Services, 1190 W Moana Ln, Reno, NV 89509
FIELD TRIP - Sierra Valley Expedition
When  Sat, April 30, 8am - 2pm
Where  Lemmon Valley Drive, Lemmon Valley Dr, Reno, NV
Animal Ark

NOW OPEN for the 2016 season!

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Nature Happenings 

  • April 1 - 8: Project FeederWatch ends this month 
  • April 22: Earth Day April 29: 
  • Arbor Day Offer nesting material such as wool yarn, string cut in short lengths, sheep's wool and horse/dog hair. 
  • Get nectar feeders out and filled by April 15 for early hummingbird migrants. 
  • Notorious spring blizzards can blanket the region, making it very difficult for early migrants and early nesters to survive. Bird feeding is very important during these times. 
  • Traditionally, the first sightings of Broad-tailed Hummingbird males were on April 15. 
  • In recent years, first reports have seen them during the opening days of April. 
  • Female Broad-tails will follow in early May. 
  • Bald Eagles begin their nesting behaviors. 
  • Ravens, crows and Canada Geese begin nesting. 
  • Ground Squirrels being to emerge from hibernation. 
  • Osprey and Screech Owls are sitting on their eggs. 
  • Phoebe's return this month. Song Sparrows begin calling. 
  • South winds bring major waves of migrating birds like thrushes and warblers. 
  • Flickers establish their territories late in the month. 
  • Rubber Boa, Western Hog-nosed, Smooth Green, Milksnake, Gophersnake, and Garter snakes emerge from hibernation and begin mating. 
  • Canada Geese are nesting and their first young hatch.