UPDATED: Nevada Christmas Bird Counts 2013

Christmas Bird Counts

It’s that time of year again!  The annual Christmas Bird Counts are fast approaching and YOU are invited to join.  You don’t need to be an expert birder to participate – you just have to be able to help spot birds, count, check a field guide, etc. 

Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations – and to help guide conservation action.

The 114th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14, 2013 through January 5, 2014.  Each bird count is an all day-event.  Check out the website for more info http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count.

Reservations are required so we can plan ahead to cover the CBC areas properly.  Contact the Leader for reservations or if you have any questions.

Corn Creek: 12/14/13, Saturday
Compiler: Christiana Manville. Please call (702) 672-1411 for reservations and meeting place.

Ash Meadows: 12/15/13, Sunday
Leader: Abram DaSilva. Individuals can sign up by emailing Abram DaSilva (abram_dasilva@fws.gov) or calling the Refuge at (775) 372-5435 and leaving their names and contact info.

Henderson: 12/18/2013, Wednesday, 6:30 am – 4:30 pm
Compiler: Je Anne Branca.  Please call (702) 524-5645 for reservations and meeting place. There will be a potluck after the bird count.

Muddy River:  12/28/2013, Saturday
Compiler: David Syzdek. Please call (702) 714-0003 for reservations, meeting place, and times.

Death Valley National Park:  1/4/2014, Saturday
Contact: Linda Manning ( linda_manning@nps.gov) or call (760) 786-3252 for information.

Snake Valley, NV and UT: 12/16/2013, Monday
Description: It is located in White Pine County, Nevada, and Millard County, Utah. It includes the towns of Baker, NV and Garrison, UT; some of the eastern side of Great Basin National Park (GRBA), and Pruess Reservoir. It has habitat from the desert floor – salt brush, to sagebrush, to pinyon-juniper, to fir-spruce forests or mountain mahogany thickets. There are several creeks, stock ponds, irrigation ditches and a fish rearing station included. If there is snow, snowshoes or x/c skis, and 4wd vehicles might come in handy! GRBA has a few pairs of snowshoes for loan. (let me know so I can borrow some ahead of time, if you are interested). Bring a telescope if you want to bird Pruess Reservoir, or check out that Northern Shrike or Merlin on a distant pole!

Meet: We will meet at the new Great Basin Visitor Center Resource Building on the north end of Baker at 8:00 am. At dusk, we will meet at a local restaurant for a hot meal and a quick tally. The $5.00 fee is no longer required for each participant – but donations to the Audubon Society are still welcomed to help cover their costs. This count is supported by Great Basin National Park and the Western Parks Association.

Contact: Melissa Renfro — contact me at melsyurt@gmail.com or 775 234-7154 . For information about local businesses check out www.greatbasinpark.com, For information about the Park itself go to www.nps.gov/grba.

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Members and the public are invited to see nature first-hand during RRAS Guided Field Trips to the best birding areas that can be reached within a day, or over a weekend, of the Las Vegas, Clark County, or surrounding southern Nevada region.  Field Trips may also provide opportunities for volunteers to help with wildlife habitat restoration or preservation.

All ages and expertise levels are welcome and encouraged to attend!  There is no charge to participate.  Occasionally there may be entrance fees, and these will be specifically mentioned in the trip description.  We suggest participants car pool, when possible, to share gas expenses & entrance fees.

To participate in a Field Trip, simply call the designated LEADER to make your reservation.

Bring the following:

  • Binoculars, scopes, field guides, drinking water, and snacks
  • Wear hiking clothes and sturdy footwear
  • Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are always recommended

Please Note:

  • Outdoor activities have inherit risks that are the responsibility of the participant
  • All Field Trips are subject to change and Leaders will be assigned pending interest
  • FIELD TRIP PARTICIPATION IS AT YOUR OWN RISK

Bring food & snacks, water, wear layered clothing, and bring extra clothes to keep warm.  Please take pictures and please send us a write-up of your day for our website & newsletter!