May 27, 2021

The Lahontan Audubon Society and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County are pleased to introduce the Birding By Bus Program in our community. The program invites the community to view an online map to enjoy popular bird-watching locations in area parks, using public transportation to reach them. The map provides information about corresponding bus routes and the type of bird habitation in the area.

“We are lucky to live in a community that is home to many parks, each hosting a plethora of bird species,” said Parker Flickinger, Community Engagement and Marketing Coordinator at the Lahontan Audubon Society. “Our goal is to encourage even more people to go bird watching and to ride transit.”

Many parks in our community are easily accessible by RTC RIDE bus stops or are within walking distance of the bus stops. Each park on the Birding By Bus map is marked with interactive, informational symbols about the park’s features and birding opportunities. All of the symbols and their meanings are listed on the included map key.

RTC RIDE bus passes start at $2 per ride or $3 for a day pass, with reduced fares available for those who qualify. Plan your route at rtcwashoe.com. Passes can be purchased using the Token Transit smartphone app or at RTC transit stations.

“This program is an innovative way to encourage the community to try transit. The RTC is excited to partner with the Lahontan Audubon Society for this new program,” said RTC Director of Public Transportation and Operations Mark Maloney.

Please check the Lahontan Audubon Society’s calendar for future events through the Birding By Bus program.