By Jim Boone
Thousands for cavity nesting birds are needlessly killed every year by illegal hollow PVC mine markers. Jim Boone and other volunteers have made it their mission to go out into places like Gold Butte and remove these killers. Red Rock Audubon fully supports this effort.
By about 1990, the federal agencies had moved to protect native wildlife and banned the use of hollow pipes for mining claims on public lands. In 1993, Nevada passed a law banning the use of uncapped, hollow pipes within the state. In 2009, Nevada amended the law requiring prospectors to remove hollow pipes and replace them with wildlife-safe markers. The most common claim marker seen these days is a 2×2-inch, 4-ft tall wooden post. The 1993 law also permitted the public to knock down any hollow pipes remaining on public lands starting in 2011 because they are presumed to be abandoned. We are, however, required to leave the pipes lying in place to make it easier for another prospector to re-stake the claim without resurveying it. Read more...
The Christmas Bird Count for Ash Meadows took place on December 20th.
Encouraging youth to develop a passion for birds and the environment is a top priority for two Red Rock Audubon members. That is why they will provide annual funding for a summer camp experience for teens at Audubon's Hog Island Camp in Maine. The RRAS Board has established a scholarship program for that purpose.
On Saturday February 1, 2020, 11 people from Red Rock Audubon and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked on bird habitat maintenance activities at Pond 1 of the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. From 8 am to noon, the volunteers worked and accomplished the following:
By Andrea Wirth
On Saturday January 25th, 16 RRAS members and friends participated in the Lake Mead Midwinter Birding field trip. Our stops included Hemenway Harbor, Sail Beach, Boulder Beach, and 33 Hole. With the expertise of our guides (Alex Harper, Ben Zyla, and Brandon Miller) we got an excellent introduction on how to identify California Gulls and Ring-Billed Gulls, and tips for working through gull identification generally.
Red Rock Audubon sponsors classroom field trips to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve though a partnership with the Clark County School District. Funds for the school buses had been raised through silent auctions at our Winter Socials. In order to reach a wider portion of our membership, the silent auctions are now held at our monthly meetings.
Leave your scopes, binos and bird books home, it’s time to gather with the people you enjoy seeing at the various birding activities. If you haven’t been to any of the three previous Red Rock Audubon Winter Socials, please know you are missing out! If you have been to prior year’s Winter Socials, you know you are sure to have an enjoyable evening mingling with old friends, meeting new friends and having a scrumptious meal. Come on your own, with a friend, with a spouse, or whomever else you know would like to come!
This year we are mixing it up and having the Winter Social at Giuseppe’s Italian Grill on Durango, near the 215. Be prepared for a delicious dinner buffet.
Ticket Price: $30.00 per person
Cash Bar Available
Saturday, February 22, 2020 – 6:00pm
Giuseppe’s Italian Grill
6065 S. Durango Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89113
Please RSVP by February 11th by buying your tickets on the online calendar at www.redrockaudubon.com
If you have any questions, please reach out to Jennifer Dudek at email@example.com
RUN don’t walk to sign up NOW!!