On Sunday December 8th, twelve volunteers from Red Rock Audubon and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Services did some habitat restoration around Pond 1 at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. The weather was perfect and the goals were swiftly accomplished.
On November 10 and 11, 2019, a small but dedicated group of birders and friends visited Delamar Ghost Town and vicinity for the purpose of knocking down abandoned, hollow pipe, PVC mine markers. These mining claim markers were added to the landscape in the 1970s and 1980s when PVC became the material of choice for staking mining claims. Other materials used for mining claim markers include wood stakes, rock cairns, and metal pipes. The problem with PVC (and metal pipe) markers is that they are hollow and entice cavity nesting birds into them. Unfortunately, once a bird is inside, it can’t get out. The pipes are only three or four inches wide and the sides are slippery so birds can neither spread their wings nor climb out.
I recently had the pleasure of talking to a group of first graders about plastic pollution and how all of us living in So. Nevada can lessen its impact on our environment.
This was part of a series or presentation, Red Rock Audubon is doing wth the Winchester Culural Center called the Winchester Nesters.
Many thanks to the volunteers for spending a beautiful fall morning at the Rainbow Owl Preserve. We accomplished our goals - clearing out all the Halogen and Russian Thistle, picking up trash, planting native plants and sowing native seeds.