NATURE

Watching Wildlife at the Arboretum

Birds, squirrels, and lizards

Kim Zuch
Gardening, Birding, and Outdoor Adventure
5 min readJun 8, 2024

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Photo by Kim Zuch.

One of my favorite places to go walking when I have time is the Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Reno. I don’t know my way around Reno very well, but the Arboretum is easy to find. I spent over an hour and a half walking around, exploring, and taking photographs.

I enjoyed watching birds in the wetland areas, and probably spent too much time watching the squirrels run around. It was a nice break from work — both from my job and working around the house on my days off. I spend a lot of time cleaning and doing yard work and I needed a break from everything.

According to the website,

The Arboretum is home to over 4,600 native and adaptive plants, 1,700 trees and 185 different tree species — gracing the paths and walkways of the gardens. Combined there are over 250 species of trees and shrubs with over 30 species of conifers and 20 different species of oaks. The variety and assortment of plants attracts nearly 55 different bird species. It is said that the May Arboretum is probably the most plant diverse area in northern Nevada.

Birdwatching

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Kim Zuch
Gardening, Birding, and Outdoor Adventure

I write about nature, birdwatching, the outdoors, and conservation issues. I like to share pictures and sometimes my dogs show up. Twitter: @kimclawson2