text by Christiana Manville
photos by Jim Nelson
By early May, the parents are expecting their eggs to hatch any day.
by Christiana Manville
photo by Jim Nelson
With all the grief 2020 bestowed upon us there is some good news to share. Volunteers monitored several burrowing owl nests (outdoors and socially distanced, of course) in and around Gilcrease Orchard during the 2020 nesting season. A total of 24 chicks fledged!
Chrisitiana Manville, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, would like to share her letter to the volunteers with you.
By Sunshine Jowell - RRAS Member
When the pandemic hit us last Spring, my world became very small. Like so many others, my environment suddenly became my house. No longer would I hop into my car each morning to commute for 20 minutes along the 95 listening to my latest curated playlist. Work would be the same, but without the day-to-day walks through my large building with a coffee in hand to commiserate with friends and colleagues, or sometimes enjoy a long lunch with my team. A recently purchased Rick Steve’s guidebook to Italy would be tucked away in a drawer—only read halfway through.
by Jim Nelson
Tis the season! Red Rock Audubon member Jim Nelson and his wife Andrea recently took a drive up to Pahranagat. Like many of our members, they make an annual visit to see the bald eagles that gather there this time of year. Please enjoy Jim's photographs and short write up of their experience.
by Cathy Kozmary
A couple months ago, I, Cathy Kozmary vice-president of Red Rock Audubon, arrived early at the HBVP for a morning of birding with a friend. So I went on in and started around Pond 1 binoculars and camera ready for action. I said hi to a few people deciding to go east for better light. Nearing the north side of the pond, I noticed someone that I had greeted earlier. She approached me asking if I might be with Audubon, commenting that my kit made me look like a serious birder! Clearly answering “Yes” she explained that the purpose of her visit was to find someone associated with Audubon in the hopes of getting some expert input for the robotics class project at one of the local stem magnet schools. At the time I had no idea how lucky I had been going east that morning.
by Fred Bell
Jim Boone is a well known figure within the Southern Nevada conservation community and was instrumental in getting the Gold Butte and the Basin and Range areas declared national monuments by President Obama in 2016. For the past few years he has traveled the Nevada back-country knocking down old mining claim markers and saving birds.
In the 10th year of the contest, winning photos and honorable mentions were selected from 2,253 entrants from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and 10 Canadian provinces and territories to appreciate the wonder of birds and the places they inhabit.
The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (NDCNR) announced Dr. Kristen Averyt as Nevada’s first State Climate Policy Coordinator. Dr. Averyt will play a key role in developing policy, budget, and technology pathways to help Nevada address climate change and reduce greenhouse emissions in all sectors of Nevada’s economy, including leveraging the expertise available across the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). This critical role is supported through a grant to the State of Nevada from the US Climate Alliance in partnership with NSHE.
Nevada residents and organizations have a unique opportunity to make a difference to the birds that enrich our lives.
The George Whittell Nevada Environmental Fund and the Silver State Wings Conservation Fund provide support for initiatives by Nevada residents, educational institutions and non-profit organizations that benefit our environment and its inhabitants. Applications are now available on line.
by Kristen Tovar
This fall is the first semester for the brand new UNLV Audubon Student Conservation Chapter! So far there are 32 members, and despite starting the club in a semester that has been quite different, with hurdles like social gathering restrictions, the chapter has found ways to engage the community. They meet every Thursday at 8 AM for weekly on-campus bird walks, where Andrea Wirth, Kristen Tovar, Doug Chang and Paul Rodriguez, have taught students how to identify birds. One student, Alicia, said she identifies birds in her backyard now, in between virtual classes and studying.