Black-tailed Gnatcatcher photo by Paul Rodriguez
Always ready to grab binoculars and enjoy some birdy time, Red Rock Audubon members recently formed wittily named teams to participate in the Great Basin Bird Observatory's 2020 bird-a-thon to raise money and birding awareness in Nevada.
Red Rock Audubon team results:
GBBO is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and understanding of bird populations in the Great Basin and adjoining areas. It brings together partners in bird monitoring, inventory and bird habitat conservation planning. GBBO works to help advance the skills of citizen scientists in bird conservation and knowledge of the interested public about birds of Nevada. It has partnered with Nevada Department of Wildlife, Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Bureau of Land Management and worked with the National Wildlife Refuges to monitor bird populations in areas our members frequent.
The bird-a-thon took place between May 1st and May 17th. Teams were instructed to practice safe social distancing while recording the species they observed during a 24 hour period. People were encouraged to donate to the GBBO in support of the teams. Funds collected will be distributed to designated local Nevada Audubon chapters, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada's Covid-19 Relief Fund and GBBO to support citizen science projects and research benefitting some of Nevada's species in greatest need, such as Pinyon Jays whose population has declined over 80% in the past fifty years.
Check our newsfeed for individual team stories.