An Evening with the Lahontan Audubon Society

Join us Thursday, March 28th for a discussion with members of the Lahontan Audubon Society about birding in Nevada! Whether you’re just starting out, an expert birdwatcher, or simply curious about the birds in your backyard, this event will prepare you to get outside this Spring.

Along with the discussion, we invite you to browse titles from the newly donated collection of Dr. John Davis. A founding member of Lahontan Audubon Society, an organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Nevada’s birds and their habitats, John was an avid reader and life-long learner. He amassed a large collection of books that his wife, Rena Davis, and LAS want placed in the hands of a new generation of readers in honor of its 60th anniversary.

Dr. Davis was a kind and generous friend and customer of Sundance Books and Music for 38 years. In his memory, we are honored to partner with LAS by making the Davis collection available for sale. Proceeds will go to the continued support and mission of the Lahontan Audubon Society.


Lahontan Audubon Society (LAS) was founded in December 1963 by Reno physician Dr. John M. Davis, UNR Biology Professor Dr. Fred “Fritz” Ryser, and Reno High math teacher Marge Sill. LAS is an organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Nevada’s birds and their habitats. That year they held the first Christmas Bird Count, a tally of the various species spotted throughout the area. It’s a tradition that continues to this day.

LAS is a local non-profit organization. We lead birding field trips. We educate the community through classroom visits, field trips for school groups, bird walks, lectures, tabling events and more. LAS is also active in Nevada's conservation efforts, supporting birds, habitat, and other wildlife ​in collaboration with conservation organizations and Agencies.

The last of the LAS founders, John M. Davis, M.D., died on May 3, 2023, at the age of 95. An avid reader and life-long learner, John amassed a large collection of books. After his death LAS received his collection of bird books from his widow, Rena Davis. LAS wants to get these books out into the community and into the hands of a new generation of readers in honor of the 60th anniversary of LAS.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509