Our fourth annual Winter Social was a big success! Over forty members and guests enjoyed an evening eating good food and forming stronger friendships.
Red Rock Audubon Members Awarded National Audubon Collaborative Grants to Promote Bird-Friendly Communities
Two of our members applied for and received grants totaling $1,085 from National Audubon to fund local conservation projects.
Jennifer Dudek, our Vice President - Las Vegas, had her photo of a Mountain Bluebird published in a children's birding book recently released by National Audubon.
by Paul Rodriguez
On Saturday, February 15th we had a group of 20 students and their teachers from the Rise Academy, joined us at the Winchester Cultural Center as part or the Winchester Nesters Program, for the Great Backyard Bird Count.
As a chapter, Red Rock Audubon has joined over 500 organizations supporting the Migratory Bird Protection Act. Chapter members have individually written to or called their Congressional Representatives and Senators urging their support of the MBPA. To date, Representative Titus and Representative Horsford are co-sponsoring HR 5552 in the House of Representatives.
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: