Save the Birds — Knock Down Illegal, Bird-Killing Mining Claim Markers in Basin and Range National Monument

May 26, 2018 @ 8:00 am – May 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Basin and Range National Monument
Andrea Wirth

Join Jim Boone and RRAS in removing mine markers from the Basin and Range National Monument. (What’s the deal with mine markers? – learn more here)

Important: Since Basin and Range National Monument (B&RNM), about 3 hours north of Las Vegas, is too far to go for a day, this event will be a campout.

We will meet at the Cannery Casino (3rd floor, parking garage, towards the elevators) at 8 AM Saturday morning and car-pool north to B&RNM. We should arrive in time for lunch, and then we will hike into the rolling hills to knock down mining claim markers in the afternoon.
We will camp in the mining claim area, which is about 5,000 ft elevation. There are no campground facilities, so we will need to bring everything we need. Depending on the array of vehicles, we can camp in an area accessible for sedans or we can camp farther back on rougher roads.

Sunday morning, we will again be hiking into the rolling hills to knock down more mining claim markers. After lunch, we will head home in time for dinner.

For people who really want to come, but can only participate one day, come on Saturday and plan to get home late or spend the night in Alamo. There is no cell phone service, so coming up Sunday morning and looking for us would not work because you might not find us.

Bring binoculars and hiking boots, plus camp gear. When we know who is interested, we can coordinate cook gear and other “community” equipment including firewood. Some camping gear is available to borrow. Plan to hike 4-5 miles each day.

Read more about the issues with mine claim markers and their effects on birds in this RRAS blog post from 2016:

Terrain & Mine Markers at B&RNM:

Mine Markers in B&RNM
Photo credit: Jim Boone
Mine Markers in B&RNM
Photo Credit: Jim Boone

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