BY NANCY JENNIS OLDS
As many of us were forced to do, I was more often than not relegated to our home last May, with eagerly anticipated travel plans and airline flights indefinitely postponed while facing a pandemic of historic proportions. Normal routines such as shopping for food, for both my husband and our beloved pets were reduced to carefully planned trips armed with masks, hand sanitizer and sugical gloves, for filling the gas tank. I was having the hardest time refraining from photographing wild birds and various wildlife in our truly unique desert parks in Henderson, Nevada. Springtime in Clark County was in full bloom. Migrating birds had been building nests and their offspring were flourishing in the cooler spring breezes before the next several months of relentless heat.
by Alex Harper
Alex Harper and Brandon Miller woke up early on May 3 to spend a few hours birding from home for the 2020 Birdathon. With a golf course and small park with fruiting mulberries across the street, they were hopeful that the green spaces would help yield a good species list.
by Cathy Kozmary
Masks, hand sanitizer, scopes, binocs and cameras ready to go, the Costaways headed out on May 16th at 6am at the Pabco trailhead. While social distancing was a priority, our eyes and ears were ready for every bird that we could possibly add to our checklist. It was the first birdathon for the 5 Costaways aka, birders (Andrea, Barbara, Jennifer, Troy and Cathy) not knowing how the day would evolve – it’s going to be hot, how many birds will we see, how many will we be able to identify, how long we will last…….. what an adventure ahead!
Originally posted on Audubon.org by David Yarnold
Audubon CEO David Yarnold shares the message he sent to all Audubon staff after a weekend of turmoil and heartbreak in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of the police.
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.
Many of us have a bit more free time on our hands while most of the state shut down due to the pandemic. It has been a good opportunity to get caught up on those projects around the house and maybe resume some hobbies that went along the wayside while we were busy with our lives or learn new skills.
Our speaker, Patrick Donnelly is Nevada state director with the Center for Biological Diversity,
We are sad that due to current events we are not able to share our gardens with you in person. We love to share how we are making a difference for birds in our neighborhoods. So we made some videos for you. Please enjoy.
This month's presentation is about birding in Cuba by Alex Harper.
Global Big Day Team "Old Coots"
(Rita Schlageter, Karen McDonal and Neil McDonal)
By Tom Clay