Weather in the Las Vegas Valley can be your friend. Or not. The 17 Red Rock Audubon volunteers and friends at the October 13th clean up started out at 8:00 am with coats on but by the time they finished at noon all were in their short sleeves and the Preserve looked much improved.
After receiving instruction on the proper way to trim back trees the volunteers spread out around Pond 1 to clean out overgrown trees and brush. Now there are open views for visitors who come to see the abundant waterfowl which migrate through or winter over there.
Things can get a little tricky working around the sloped edges of the pond. Nobody wants to go for a swim. The island in Pond 1 is a particular challenge. After procuring a rowboat, several volunteers headed out to the island with tools and determination. All brush removed had to be transported back to shore for disposal.
So for this day, weather turned out to be a pretty nice friend. Many thanks to all who came out to make a difference. A number of birders and photographers who were visiting the Preserve that morning commented that your work is truly noticed and appreciated.
Submitted by Nancy Chang