Join Red Rock Audubon and other birding experts for the 4rd annual Big Sit Birding Event.
Lean about bird ID, Optics advice, photography tips, and more. This is a fun family friendly event for everyone!
Introducing our new Urban Ecology Network! In collaboration with the Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center (UEC) and Red Rock Audubon Society (RRAS), these individuals are following the community model that the UEC created to inspire and educate their communities about the unique ecology of the urban Mojave Desert. As a network of environmental leaders, our mission is to provide equitable environmental education to promote environmental literacy and mitigate the impacts of climate change. With the help of Red Rock Audubon, the Urban Ecology Network is working with the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center to provide more environmental educational opportunities. And this is just the beginning! Learn how and why some of our cohort members are a part of this team by reading the following responses.
Climate change needs to be everyone’s priority. Now.
I wanted to start off this message with on a positive note. There are many positive steps that Nevadan’s are taking to help conserve water and our environment. Water conservation goals for Southern Nevada are being met. Local and state agencies are being more aggressive with conservation efforts knowing that forecasts show the drought situation is not getting any better.
Thank you for another successful year! Together in Nevada we recorded 250 species and raised a total of $4,684.50 for Pinyon Jay conservation. Red Rock Audubon matched Team Costaways winning fund raiser drive with another $500 and Charlie Stower’s incredible T-shirt designs generated another $283.
by Alex Harper
Still a force, the Colorado River once was mightier. It meandered out of its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains, across the plateaus of Utah and northern Arizona before turning southward by the time it reaches southern Nevada. From there, the river towed the current border between Arizona and California, flowed into Mexico, and emptied into the Sea of Cortez. All along the river and at its terminus in Mexico, dense cottonwoods and willows accompanied its riverbanks and flood plains, providing habitat and refuge for the rich biodiversity of the American deserts. Even Jaguars once wandered the banks of the Colorado in Mexico and the southern extents of adjacent border states.
by Morrigan DeVito
What can birds teach us about drought? Birds connect us to water in our community, and that connection is vital as we live through the 23rd year of drought in Las Vegas. At every March birding event, Red Rock Audubon will share water conservation facts, tips, and resources from the Southern Nevada Water Authority with the public.
by Morrigan DeVito
I am worrying about the drought again as I stand on the Weir Bridge at Wetlands Park. Below me, a great blue heron bobs on the current, feathers blue-gray like the cloudless, smoggy sky. Ring-necked ducks and American coots swim around him, diving underwater for plants to eat. He floats along, wings folded neatly and long legs tucked beneath his lanky body. When the current moves him to the center, he rises with a great shake of his feathers, startling the coot who swam too close to him. The great blue heron looks around, retracts his neck, and flies to the riverbank to take his place among cattails and reeds for the afternoon. Unworried, he preens himself and spreads his massive wings to sun his cape-like feathers. I point him out to people walking by and many gape, we have those here?
by Morrigan DeVito
What backyard is complete without a hummingbird or two? In Las Vegas, Anna’s hummingbirds are common visitors to gardens and feeders. They spend their lives chasing water, zipping from flower to flower as they drink sweet nectar and snatch tiny insects. In the sunlight, males have dazzling reddish-pink feathers that rest like little petals around their head and throat. They’re delightful to watch as they dart, dive, and dance through the air.
By Morrigan DeVito
Spring is here! What better way to celebrate than to garden in the fresh air? And if you plant native Mojave plants, birds are sure to come visit you. Here are five native, drought tolerant plants to conserve water and attract desert birds: