Photo by Tabitha Kast
On September 19th Red Rock Audubon held its 1st bird walk at Floyd Lamb Park (the first since the pandemic caused everything to shut down in the spring).
Our Rainbow Owl Preserve is a little desert refuge for burrowing owls in the middle of a residential area. Set aside and fenced in, it protects a number of natural and artificial burrows. Last year 20 nestlings successfully fledged from the Preserve.
Red Rock Audubon usually raises funds through a silent auction at our general meetings to support school field trips to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Now that our general meetings are virtual, our auction is now virtual.
Why support school field trips now when schools are closed? We want to be ready when school children can meet again in their classrooms and their teachers can incorporate an educational field trip into their curriculums. Our volunteers and HBVP staff can't wait to provide these wonderful experiences again.
Please click here to be directed to the auction. You can make a donation to the field trip fund through the auction. To donate directly to us click here. If you want your donation to go to the field trip fund please note that on our payment page.
On September 19th Red Rock Audubon will host a bird walk at Floyd Lamb Park - the first since the pandemic caused everything to shut down in the spring.
Space is limited. Only ten people will be able to participate and they will be split into two groups of five with a guide. Everyone must wear a mask and keep a social distance of six feet. There will be no spotting scopes or other shared equipment. Be sure to bring your own water.
Click here to sign up. Only those who sign up will be allowed to participate. If the walk has reached capacity Red Rock Audubon will maintain a short waitlist. You will be notified of your status.
by Cathy Kozmary
Juvenile Osprey at Corn Creek. Photo by Cathy Kozmary
In pursuit of the recently reported Eastern Kingbird at Corn Creek, a few birders/photographers ventured out early this morning to find rare visitor. At first our attention was focused on an Osprey as it is uncommon to see that species at Corn Creek. It was perched on the snag directly behind the visitor center overlooking the pond. Someone remarked, it’s a juvenile – it doesn’t know that there aren’t any fish in the pond here! (Implication is that an adult would know better!)
September is always a special time for Red Rock Audubon members. After a long hot summer we happily gather to share stories and enjoy each other's company and be entertained and informed at our first general meeting of the season. Monthly bird walks resume, participants optimistic that more moderate temperatures prevail.
This year the pandemic has changed much but not our enthusiasm for birds. Your RRAS board of directors has been working together digitally yet diligently to continue the work of our organization so that we can all still enjoy each other's company and the company of birds.
Our first general meeting of the season will be held on September 12th at 9:30 am via Google Meet. You will need to sign up through our website calendar to receive the link for the meeting. Click here.
Each month join an expert birding tour leader from Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Tours or Holbrook Travel as your personal virtual guide as we explore and enjoy the beautiful birds at exotic locations. Learn the best places to see local endemics species, the best times to visit and available lodging facilities in these faraway lands.
These virtual bird tours were recorded with questions and answers lasting about an hour to an hour and half.
by Doyle Wayman
:Fall is a great time to start native plants in your Pollinator Garden or your Vegetable Garden. If you add a few native plants to your vegetable garden, you’ll increase the interest that pollinators will have in frequenting it, because those plants produce a higher sugar content in their bloom's nectar than other non-native plants; the result is that those pollinators will pollinate your garden and produce a better crop.
Written by Earyn McGee, Las Vegas Review Journal
A backyard or patio garden that uses native plants can be a haven both for you and the many wildlife species that either call Southern Nevada home or pass through each year.
David Yarnold, CEO of the National Audubon Society wrote in 2018, “When you protect birds, you protect the planet. And each one of us has the power to make things better for birds. You are what hope looks like to a bird. “