The Bureau of Land Management has issued a statement that the right-of-way application for the proposed Crescent Peak Wind Project has been denied.
This is excellent news for the conservation of this unique habitat.
"Renewable energy is the solution to climate change but it has to be sited properly," said Doug Chang, President of Red Rock Audubon. "Siting must take into account protecting the cultural and natural assets for all of us."
Red Rock Audubon supports efforts to develop renewable energy sources. However, objection to this particular project was based on the potential damage to golden eagles that nest within and millions of birds that migrate through the area. The area contains one of the highest known densities of golden eagles in Nevada. It is also important for migratory birds for its foraging and nesting habitats and its close proximity to the Colorado River. The miles of roads that would have been built to support the project as well as the danger wind turbines pose to flying birds would degrade the habitat needed for birds and other wildlife that live in this area, like big horn sheep and desert tortoises.
Follow the link below for the Las Vegas Review Journal article.
Two Red Rock Audubon chapter members have donated $100,000 to the National Audubon Society to establish the Silver State Wings Conservation Fund. Douglas and Nancy Chang are determined to make a difference in Nevada. The Fund will help Nevada Audubon chapters' conservation efforts through youth education and chapter capacity building.
The National Audubon Society (NAS) and the Audubon chapters in Nevada—Bristlecone (Elko), Lahontan (Reno), Red Rock (Las Vegas)—announce the availability of one or more grants to advance Audubon’s mission and work in Nevada. A proposed project must be nominated by at least one of the three Nevada chapters and must fall within the educational, scientific, and conservation purposes of NAS. Recent grants have addressed declines in Burrowing Owls, a field guide for the hummingbirds of Nevada, the Important Bird Area (IBA) database, and conservation planning for the Lahontan IBA.
Up to $13,000 is available for distribution. Applications will be accepted until close of business on December 15, 2018. Decisions will be made early in 2019. Contact John Hiatt, firstname.lastname@example.org, (702) 361-1171, for general information, including application guidelines and contact information for each of the Nevada chapters.
By Paul Rodriguez
On November 4th we did our first UNLV campus bird walk. This is part of a larger project that we've been working on that has to do with “Urban Birding”
The Las Vegas community was treated to a free, fun family event celebrating our amazing birds on Sunday November 18th at Sunset Park. The warm sunny weather brought out many people to walk the park and enjoy the many birds in the lake.
Perfect weather on Sunday November 11th made the day even more enjoyable for the two dozen or so volunteers at Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Guided by Christiana Manville of US Fish and Wildlife Services we worked to improve the habitat for wildlife. Providing tools, she and Doyle Wayman instructed volunteers on how to properly prune willow trees and remove dead vegetation.
Red Rock Audubon members Bob Furtek, Jeanne Tinsman, Olivia Baez, Nancy Chang and Doug Chang joined other community volunteers to install over 200 native plants in about 2 hours.
This project was organized by Get Outdoors Nevada on Saturday November 17th. Threatened and endangered pollinators like native bees and butterflies will now have a place to find food, water, cover and the space needed for their survival. People visiting Craig Ranch Regional Park will also have the opportunity to enjoy the native plants and wildlife the garden supports.
Project FeederWatch turns your love of birds into scientific discoveries.