Amid the COVID 19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Dayton Valley Wildlife Reststop is accepting injured and orphaned wildlife. Please read this special notice regarding our policies during this time.
The safety of our staff, volunteers, and community is essential.   This policy includes all members of the general public as well as rescuers.  If you find an orphaned or injured animal in need of help, please call Dayton Valley Wildlife Reststop 775-246-0470. We will discuss safe drop off protocols with you by phone.  Our priority is to keep our animal care team healthy and safe so they can continue to focus on caring for our residents. Please do not come to the center. You may get an answering machine but your call will be returned.
If you find injured or orphaned wildlife please place it in a box away from pets and children.   Please have an adult make the call as care instructions will be given. You will need to help arrange transport for the bird or mammal.  We appreciate your cooperation and support at this time!

Fly Away!

A good Samaritan brought in a Red-tail Hawk found standing by the side of the road.  Evelyn determined the injuries, which luckily were minor.  The raptor then did a  quick recovery at DVWR and released into the Nevada sky!

Emergency Shorebird Care

For  six weeks DVWR  continued to take in hundreds of shorebirds suffering from the botulism outbreak at Carson Lake in Churchill County.  All hands were on deck for the monumental task of caring for the new arrivals.  Additional space was needed so a new flight pen was constructed under Mike’s direction,  Evelyn trained volunteers to assist with the immediate hydration & then feeding needs. With this specialized care many of the birds showed signs of recovery,  gained strength and were on their feet!  Many thanks to the onsite feeding volunteers, those who  drove 120 miles roundtrip from Fallon to Dayton Valley Wildlife Reststop bringing the suffering birds in for care, and those who coordinated and sent donations for feeding supplies.  When Evelyn determined the birds were strong enough, they were released in different wetland areas well away from Carson Lake.


Using a red headlamp to preserve her and bird’s night vision, Evelyn tube fed dehydrated and starving Ibis & Avocets late into the night.   A small percentage  survived the botulism outbreak at Carson Lake and Stillwater near Fallon that killed thousands of birds.  The ones in Evelyn’s care are weak, yet some are beginning to thrive.  DVWR needs a boost of donations to purchase food and supplies.  More birds are arriving daily.  Please consider mailing a donation to DVWR.  Call Evelyn at 775-246-0470.

Kestrel time at DVWR

American Kestrels are fledging now and sometimes they need some extra help
like this young one.  They eat spiders, moths, cicadas and grasshoppers to name
just a small portion of their diet, which is a good reason not to spray pesticides.
Mike and the kestrel exchange information at intake.

All creatures great and small get care at DVWR

A cat raided a rabbit’s nest.  Hopefully this 9 day old cottontail, with eyes still closed,

will grow strong & then when old enough be returned to the wild.


Success On So Many Levels!!

During an overnight rainstorm a large cottonwood tree fell across a swiftly flowing ditch in Fallon. The next morning a passing bicyclist noticed a injured hawk on the downed tree and notified Department of Wildlife. The responding biologist while cautiously balancing across the tree over the still flowing ditch, retrieved a Swainson’s Hawk.  At first glance a rotated fracture of the wrist seemed to be the injury.  Yes, on a bird it’s called a wrist!  Examined later by Evelyn at DVWR, her trained eye determined there was no fracture but the wing had twisted at the wrist and caught back over the elbow, and yes, it’s called an elbow!  Evelyn expertly manipulated the wing back into place.   After a few days of flight exercise and care at DVWR, the bird was released at the same place in Fallon.  The hawk quickly flew to a nearby cottonwood where a second Swainson’s Hawk suddenly emerged.  The two then circled high in the air and exchanged social calls.  Because they are believed to be a mated pair, it was fortunate the two reunited so quickly during this incubating and hatching season.  A wonderful success story in the bird rehabbing world!!

Please consider sending a donation to Dayton Valley Wildlife Reststop for the ongoing care of Nevada’s wildlife.

Baby Season!


A baby Great Horned Owl is receiving care at DVWR along

with the bunnies.

Girl Scout Troop 317 is at it again!!

 This time they built and installed feeding stations for the flight pens.  Their hard work included covering the platforms with astro turf and of course some artistic designs on the base!  Much appreciation for the troops hard work and continued efforts at DVWR.


Newest arrival at DVWR

Great Horned Owl

New Flight Pen!

Many thanks to Girl Scout Troop 317!  The hard-working troop designed, raised money for materials, built & set-up a new flight pen. Troop Leaders Lesli Spears and Robin Fowler with Scouts Emma, Neva, Lauren, Page, Hailey, Soleil, Raechel, Lexi, Sophia and Katrina did a remarkable job and the first resident settled right in.