Five members of Red Rock Audubon graciously hosted visitors to their yards on May 19th to give them ideas of what they can do to attract and sustain wildlife in our urban area. The weather was fantastic and the gardens were full of life.
Three days in May brought new experiences to third grade students from Ruby S. Thomas Elementary School in Las Vegas. Red Rock Audubon raised money through silent auctions to fund busses for field trips. Working with Clark County School District School-Community Partnership Program, field trips to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve were offered. The funds were made available to Title I schools and the third grade classes from Ruby Thomas were selected from a number of applications.
On Highway 15 going south from Las Vegas on the way to California you will pass two exits where there are casinos and the last gas station stops for visitors before crossing the border into California. You would never guess that these two exits host a large number of other visitors who also stop for refueling. These two places bordering the parking lots of said casinos are affectionately known as the Primm National Forest and the Lawn Patch at Jean. These little desert oases are important stops for birds migrating through on their ways from here to there.
Another Global Big Day is on the books and it was nothing short of amazing.
Don't miss this golden opportunity to see what our members are doing to attract birds and other wildlife to their backyards. Your $20 per carload donation (maximum four adults per car) helps fund our chapter's important work. Children under the age of 16 are free. Visit as many yards as you can from 9:00 am to noon.
Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge is a critical area for birds migrating through southern Nevada. Many RRAS members have visited this gem in the desert more than once and enjoyed the variety of bird species that can be found there at different times of the year.
Red Rock Audubon hosted members from Nevada's other two Audubon chapters from April 18th to April 20th. Lois and Mark Ports along with Ed Nickel came from Bristlecone Audubon Chapter in Elko. Bill Grossi from the Lahontan Audubon Society in Reno also made the trip to Las Vegas. Our first meet up was in Elko last spring.
On April 27, 2019, 15 Red Rock Audubon members enjoyed a visit to four birding hotspots at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
2019 Best in Show winner, Cara Lee with her teacher, Judith Krauss.
On Sunday, April 28ththe Junior Duck Stamp Competition awards were held at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Awards were given out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rdplace
Frequent visitors to Discovery Park will notice some pretty big changes. Other changes are not so noticeable. The many improvements made by our volunteers and our partner, Great Basin Water Company, have made a big difference in this little jewel in the desert for all types of wildlife. Red Rock Audubon extends our deepest thanks to you.