Otis Bay regularly participates in ongoing breeding bird and migration studies organized by the Great Basin Bird Observatory throughout the state of Nevada. Bird studies initiated on the lower Truckee River and conducted by Otis Bay staff were used to hone protocols for the Nevada Bird Count, Habitat Assessment, and Area Search surveys for avian monitoring studies currently conducted state-wide. Along with point count transects and area nest searches/mapping projects, Otis Bay has also assisted with habitat assessments, MAPS banding, migration banding, aquatic bird counts, and pelican banding along the Truckee River and on Pyramid Lake. Data collected from these multiple studies are managed by the Great Basin Bird Observatory, and tell the story of river ecosystem decline and rejuvenation. Ongoing studies tracking bird populations along the river will monitor river restoration success and help guide future restoration efforts for wildlife.
See also: Changes in the bird community of the lower Truckee River, Nevada, 1868-2001