Lahontan Audubon Society helps students with the Birds of Great Basin project

Students in Ms. Eppard’s General Biology for Non-Major class display informational posters for several different orders of birds commonly found in the Great Basin.

The educational generosity of the Lahontan Audubon Society allowed students to better focus on a Western Nevada College biology course project earlier this semester.
Students in Ms. Eppard’s General Biology for Non-Major class have developed informational posters for several different orders of birds commonly found in the Great Basin. However, a better understanding of the Great Basin Birds Avian Taxonomy Project came from information from field guides and mounted specimens on loan from the Lahontan Audubon Society.
“The LAS lent us bird specimens representative of many of the different taxonomic groups,” Eppard said. “These specimens were used to demonstrate the importance and usefulness of taxonomy. The end product is a series of posters that the students created to illustrate the different taxonomic groups.
Each eye-catching poster created by the students illustrated a representative bird of a taxonomic order, along with its natural history, home range and migratory route.
The posters are displayed outside the Office of Liberal Arts in the Bristlecone Building on the Carson City campus.
Western Nevada College partners with the Lahontan Audubon Society for the use of their taxidermy bird mounts and the partnership is facilitated by Alan Gubanich, Ph.D. of LAS. LAS is a non-profit organization established in 1963 and serves all of northwestern Nevada, and represents a membership of conservation-minded individuals and families. Many members of the LAS chapter are avid bird watchers.

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