Life abounds in places you may least expect it. Within the city of Reno is an ecological oasis for diving and wading birds, and an array of aquatic habitat.
Covering more than two thirds of the earth's surface, water is one of the most critical natural resources contributing to life on earth. Even the most casual observer can see, where water is abundant, life flourishes. Its role in shaping Nevada’s landscape is no exception—for centuries, water and wetlands have impacted the physical and biological attributes of the Great Basin in a profound way.
Located within the city limits of Reno, Swan Lake is an important natural resource that has existed for thousands of years. It is comprised of various water and marsh habitats allowing for both diving and wading birds. More than 150 species of birds have been observed at Swan Lake and migratory Tundra Swan rest there from November through February, thus giving the lake its name. The lake also provides habitat for aquatic invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles and various other animals.
In 2000 the Nevada Land Trust joined the Swan Lake Advisory Board, comprised of government agencies, non-profits, and homeowners dedicated to the preservation of wildlife habitat, environmental education and other outdoor recreation to create the Swan Lake Nature Study Area. One of the primary goals of the Swan Lake Nature Study Area is to promote understanding and appreciation of Swan Lake as it relates to the western Great Basin ecology. To this end, Swan Lake receives hundreds of visitors who view the wildlife and study the lake's ecology.
Recognized for its abundance of wildlife activity, the site was designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Society in 2003. Nevada Land Trust remains involved with ongoing stewardship activities, which include removing noxious weeds, and engaging the public in yearly clean-up projects. Most recently, NLT participated in crafting a Master Plan with Swan Lake Advisory Board Partners, the purpose of which is to address current and future habitat, water resource, restoration, partnership, open space, and recreation issues related to Swan Lake. The Swan Lake Master Plan has been endorsed by Advisory Board Partners including The City of Reno, Washoe County, and the Audubon Society.
We believe protecting the critical water and wetlands of the Great Basin is paramount to sustaining a healthy environment—an endeavor from which we all stand to benefit. Certainly, in this special place where marsh dwellers come in droves seeking nourishment, we gain nourishment as well, for wisdom and serenity feed the soul.
- Conservation Values:
- Recreation, Scenic, Water, Wildlife
- Public Access:
- 1,200 acres