NEVADA AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION

Jay Dow Sr. Wetlands


The Great Basin landscape is known for its dry deserts and sagebrush. Just 60 miles north of Reno, though, is a wetlands that that provides a seasonal home to more than 160 bird species. Located on a peninsula that extends to the southern edge of California’s Honey Lake is the Jay Dow, Sr. Wetlands. Consisting of about 1,360 acres, more than 300

The wetlands property was donated to the university in 1993 by Althea Brimm and Daniel J. Brimm, Jr. of San Diego for the purpose of furthering the University’s studies of migratory birds and their habitats.

This generous gift has become a critical element of the Pacific Flyway—a major corridor for migratory birds—offering permanent wetlands, even during periods of severe drought when nearby natural areas are dry. With such a diverse bird population availing itself of the wetlands, the site offers myriad opportunities for pursuing research in a living laboratory.

Some of the projects conducted at the wetlands include observing the interactions between various grazing wildlife, determining the appropriate levels of salinity for other Great Basin wetlands and activities designed to enhance bird breeding and diversity.

A teaching and research facility is located on site, permitting students and scientists to perform their research at the property. This facility is the focal point for courses taught on the property, allowing students the opportunity to engage in research that may some day help resolve the issues that face the nation’s wetlands today.