Red Rock Audubon recently donated 20 pair of Vortex binoculars and 2 Vortex spotting scopes to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. The items will be used by school groups and day campers.
The children who were first to use the equipment quickly spread out to explore the Preserve with new eyes. The young girl in the photo was busy observing a verdin coming in and out of a nest, tending to its nestlings.
Helping children become excited and more engaged with nature will create lasting memories for them. Their experiences will hopefully lead them to become environmentally aware adults, if not future birders.
Many thanks to our good friend Eric Moore, proprietor of Jay's Bird Barn in Prescott, AZ. He helped us acquire the binoculars and scopes at much less than retail value so that our club's donation could include more equipment.