Written by Andrea Wirth & Jeanne Tinsman, all photos by David Anderson @thewildsights
On Sunday, May 9, Jeanne T. led a small group in learning about how to identify birds by sound (“birding by ear”) at Wetlands Park. This is the first trip like this RRAS has done in a while and it was a nice change to get out and test our listening skills in new ways. We began with an introduction to some birding by ear resources (provided below) and by sharing our own experiences listening to birdsong and calls. Jeanne shared the enchantment of listening to American Robins sing in the evening as a child. Nearly all the stories were of relatively common birds, bringing a new kind of joy and discovery to our birding experiences even when staying close to home.
Baby birds of prey, entertaining all day. By, Mandi Crinigan
Previously, I told you the story of a fledgling House Finch. It’s super easy to be cute if you are a baby songbird. But can “Birds of Prey” also be cute and entertaining? Oh yes, absolutely! They can also scare the bejeezus out of you!
The happiness and happenings of my backyard buddies.
By, Mandi Crinigan
It’s routine. Before my coffee or any other household demands, I’m outside tending to my yard. Really, I’m tending to the habitat and nourishment of my backyard birds. “I have to water the plants.” really means I’m checking the bird baths, the seeds, the hummingbird feeders and yes, I am also watering the plants. I tell the birds they are making a mess, that I have their snacks and fresh water for them. They watch me move around the yard. My presence is expected and only disturbs my more sensitive visitors, like the Gambel's Quail and Mourning Doves. The House Finches are particularly busy and needy right now.
Photos and Article By: Cathy Kozmary and Andrea Wirth
The Red Rock Audubon Society (RRAS) organized a group of volunteers who spent a morning on March 27th filling in open fence posts in the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge (https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Pahranagat/). Red Rock Audubon’s mission is to bring people together for the conservation and enjoyment of birds, other wildlife, and the natural world throughout Southern Nevada and neighboring areas. This event is a part of ensuring this mission is accomplished.
Article and Photos By: Cathy Kozmary
Whilst some may think that Shoshone CA was built around the Crowbar Café & Saloon, the true source of the tiny town lies in it’s incredible spring. From it flows more than 700 gallons of water per minute, and provides the town with drinking water, fills the pool, the pond and the wetlands. Back in 80’s, a small population of the Shoshone Pupfish was discovered – 12 of them in total. They were put into a small pond near the source of the spring, protected and have grown into a thriving population. These Pupfish exist only in Shoshone, a small city with a variety of wildlife. Len Warren, with The Nature Conservancy, agreed to spend a Sunday morning hosting a Red Rock Audubon birding event, and show us his work in the Shoshone Wetlands. He said, “Let’s meet at the CROWBAR!”
By Sunshine Jowell and David Anderson
Next month the Red Rock Audubon Society will participate in Nevada Bird-A-Thon from May 7-16, counting bird species across the country, and raising funds for charity. In the past year, this birding event as adapted to allow participants to bird from home—allowing families and friends to join in some backyard birding to count the species in a safe and socially distant way.
Enjoy this video by David Anderson https://vimeo.com/539845998
Winchester Dondero Cultural Center - Summer Day Camp and School Daze. Story and photos by Patty Dominguez.
Our center’s direct participation in Clark County Parks & Recreation’s School Daze program ended on Friday, March 26th. Since the beginning of the 2020 school year, Winchester Dondero Cultural Center has been one of the department’s support locations for CCSD’s online learning programs, serving 5 – 13 year-old students. Now that local schools are well on their way, transitioning back to full-time in-school classes, and many of our centers are transitioning to more open and public activities throughout Clark County, we are focusing again on serving the community at-large, supporting, presenting and representing arts and culture in Clark County.
by Jim Nelson
Photos by Jim Nelson
One of our favorite birding areas is Lynx Lake just outside Prescott, AZ. It is at 5,530 foot elevation, in the pines, a 55 acre reservoir.
The lake has a paved walkway on the west side from the north to the south end, and the east side is an easily navigated dirt trail. The total distance around the lake is about 2.5 miles.
We have counted several varieties of woodpeckers, osprey, double-crested cormorants, great blue herons, and other species in various visits, mostly in late fall and early winter. There is a bald eagle nest somewhere on the south side, which we have not seen, but the eagles in early mornings put on a good fishing display over the lake. Likewise, an osprey that we spotted in late fall was busily diving for fish on the south side oblivious to swimmers and waders relatively close.
Prescott is a 4 hour drive from Las Vegas via Highway I-40 and US-93 South. It would be a nice respite from our upcoming Las Vegas summer heat.
By Sunshine Jowell
There’s this old photo I sometimes see pop up on Facebook of my parents on the beach in Southern California. I’ll see one of my relatives post it on their anniversary or one of their birthdays, with a reminder of their constant love and devotion to each other. The picture was taken by one of my sisters. It’s a bit blurry, because she was far away while they were walking together near the water’s edge. A few seagulls dot the landscape as you see my mom lean heavily on my dad’s arm while she stumbles along the sand with a cane in her other hand. Her wheelchair had been left with my sister because she wanted to feel the sea on her toes.
By Cathy Kozmary
It is that time of year when we see migrants coming through Las Vegas, as well as nesting activity. It is important to remember that we need to give birds the space they need for their habits & survival. Migrant birds are coming down to rest and refuel before they continue towards their nesting grounds. Human disturbance can be very disruptive to a successful migration.