Global Big Day Team "Old Coots"
(Rita Schlageter, Karen McDonal and Neil McDonal)
By Tom Clay
by Amanda Crinigan
On March 7th, Red Rock Audubon members and Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve staff participated in a raptor event led by Alex Harper (Biologist & Guide w/ Bird Las Vegas ) and Martin Tyner (Licensed falconer, eagle falconer & wildlife rehabilitator, founder & owner of Southwest Wildlife Foundation).
The event was held to bring awareness to the endangered Steppe Eagle and the efforts of Champions of the Flyway to tackle its decline. Alex and Martin provided insights and education on birds of prey and how vital it is that we protect them.
All Red Rock Audubon’s March 2020 events are canceled.
There are now more reports of COVID-19 in Las Vegas and the situation continues to worsen around the world.
The World Health Organization has taken the unprecedented action – declaring COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic - pointing to the over 118,000 cases of the coronavirus illness in over 110 countries and territories around the world and the sustained risk of further global spread.
The Governor of Nevada have declared a state of emergency to deal with the outbreak in Nevada. The declaration will allow Nevada to more easily tap into federal relief funds.
It has also become clear that our medical system is unprepared to address this pandemic. The lack of testing capability prevents us from knowing who among us are infected. However, the rapid infection rate can potentially overwhelm our medical community’s ability to treat the sick and vulnerable.
Organizations around the world and locally are all working to SLOW the spread of this infection by eliminating non-essential gathering events.
We ALL can take these proactive actions to slow the spread of this highly infectious disease by following these tips:
Red Rock Audubon’s suspension ALL SCHEDULED MARCH events includes chapter meetings, bird walks, field trips, volunteer events and outreach events like the World Migratory Bird Day. Winchester Nesters and Birds N Beverage.
The health and safety of our members is of great importance to us. We must do our part to create a safe environment for all of us.
Again, this is a very fluid situation. The Board of Directors will continue to actively monitor the local conditions, take proactive decisions that are intended to protect the health and safety of all our members and guests.
What a wonderful opportunity to go out and enjoy the southern Nevada spring and study up on our birds. I would highly recommend the following books:
What the Robin Knows by Jon Young
Hawks in Flight by Pete Dunne and David Sibley
Peterson Birding by Impression by Karlson and Rosselet
We'll continue to keep you updated when changes to future events (April and May) are required via email. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.
Red Rock Audubon Society
Our fourth annual Winter Social was a big success! Over forty members and guests enjoyed an evening eating good food and forming stronger friendships.
Red Rock Audubon Members Awarded National Audubon Collaborative Grants to Promote Bird-Friendly Communities
Two of our members applied for and received grants totaling $1,085 from National Audubon to fund local conservation projects.
Jennifer Dudek, our Vice President - Las Vegas, had her photo of a Mountain Bluebird published in a children's birding book recently released by National Audubon.
by Paul Rodriguez
On Saturday, February 15th we had a group of 20 students and their teachers from the Rise Academy, joined us at the Winchester Cultural Center as part or the Winchester Nesters Program, for the Great Backyard Bird Count.
As a chapter, Red Rock Audubon has joined over 500 organizations supporting the Migratory Bird Protection Act. Chapter members have individually written to or called their Congressional Representatives and Senators urging their support of the MBPA. To date, Representative Titus and Representative Horsford are co-sponsoring HR 5552 in the House of Representatives.
By Jim Boone
Thousands for cavity nesting birds are needlessly killed every year by illegal hollow PVC mine markers. Jim Boone and other volunteers have made it their mission to go out into places like Gold Butte and remove these killers. Red Rock Audubon fully supports this effort.
By about 1990, the federal agencies had moved to protect native wildlife and banned the use of hollow pipes for mining claims on public lands. In 1993, Nevada passed a law banning the use of uncapped, hollow pipes within the state. In 2009, Nevada amended the law requiring prospectors to remove hollow pipes and replace them with wildlife-safe markers. The most common claim marker seen these days is a 2×2-inch, 4-ft tall wooden post. The 1993 law also permitted the public to knock down any hollow pipes remaining on public lands starting in 2011 because they are presumed to be abandoned. We are, however, required to leave the pipes lying in place to make it easier for another prospector to re-stake the claim without resurveying it. Read more...
The Christmas Bird Count for Ash Meadows took place on December 20th.