by Leah Canvasser
One of the greatest things about birding is the way it connects us all together. The actions you take here in Southern Nevada can have a global impact far beyond what you may expect. With global temperatures increasing there is also an increased need in teaming up across the world to monitor those changes and act to correct the damage done and prevent further damage from occurring. From the recognition that temperatures are rising the National Audubon Society has started a community based science program to monitor how birds are changing alongside climate change called Climate Watch. Birds are a barometer of sorts for our environment whether it's observing what they eat to where they nest and where they migrate, they hold many answers about our environment and Climate Watch looks to harness that valuable information through volunteer observation across North America.
Locally in Southern Nevada we had 12 Red Rock Audubon Society members volunteer to participate in Climate Watch. Over 1,000 miles away we were connected to like-minded community scientists in the Canadian Boreal Forest where we share many migrating birds between North Central Canada and Southern Nevada. At the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Site the Bloodvein River First Nation community monitored using binoculars donated by the Red Rock Audubon Society and shared their experiences and findings through some of the pictures in this article. Over a thousand miles between Southern Nevada and this North Central Canadian location and we are still deeply connected through our birds. A very special thank you goes out to those who participated locally and donated for the binocular program.