Come see the wild side of Nevada…wildlife that is. With varied terrain including everything from deserts to lakes and mountains to valleys, Nevada is home to hundreds of species of birds, bears, fish, lions, deer, elk and everything in between. Throughout Nevada you will find habitats, preserves and refuges dedicated to wildlife conservation and viewing.

In northern Nevada, check out the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge wetlands in the Lahontan Valley where you will see hundreds of thousands of species of birds. The Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge is located near the eastern shore of Pyramid Lake, just north of Reno. This refuge is home to colonial nesting birds, including American White Pelicans. And Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge, located in the Ruby Mountains near Elko, is an oasis to waterfowl including Canvasback ducks and an array of other native wildlife.

Further south in central and southern Nevada, you will find the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge just north of Las Vegas. This site is home to more than 200 types of birds as well as foxes, coyotes, mule deer and mountain lions. At the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in the Amargosa Valley, there are more than 20 plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Common wildlife include more than 200 species of birds, rabbits, squirrels, Bighorn Sheep, coyotes and several types of reptiles including toads, lizards and snakes. And the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge is known for its fish population including the endangered Moapa Dace.

Be sure to check out the many other wildlife habitats and reserves Nevada has to offer. Explore the Silver State’s wild side and you’ll find that our animals, plants and birds are both beautiful and exciting to watch.