Red Rock Audubon Field Trips & Events

Get outside!  Come join us for a leisurely walk to experience some of the dramatic natural diversity of southern Nevada. Get up close to birds, enjoy the expansive views of the desert, and walk among some of the meadows that Las Vegas is named after. All of our guided walks are hosted by local volunteers that are happy to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with any age or level of experience in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Binoculars can enhance the outings, but an interest in the natural environment is really all that is required to have a good time. Wear climate appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear, and bringing some water and snack are also good ideas.

Come out and experience how beautiful and unique this piece of the world is.

 

Feb
18
Sun
Java Jaunts – Bird walk @ Clark County Wetlands Park
Feb 18 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

 

“Explore the Las Vegas Wash as we saunter through mesquite bosques, around reed lined ponds, and maybe even among the meadows (las vegas) of the largest park in Clark County. A natural water polishing station, the park contains a remarkably diverse amount of wildlife and is another example of the potential partnership between urban planning and habitat conservation and restoration. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them.” T. Bingham

Java Jaunt is a Clark County Wetlands Park program – supported by Red Rock Audubon.  Meet up location will vary depending on the monthly program. Participants must register with the Wetlands Park to receive the most up to date walk details. Click here. to register.

 

Feb
24
Sat
Young Birders Field Trip – Intro to Birding @ Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us as we walk around looking for creatures that may pop up anywhere! No, we’re not playing Pokémon Go, we’re birding! Young birders ages 7-18 and an accompanying adult family member are invited to join us at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Saturday, February 24, from 9-11am. You will be briefly introduced to how to use binoculars before we set out around the ponds searching for wintering ducks. With any luck, we may also be treated to an early migratory species. If you have binoculars, please bring them with you, but we will have a few sets on hand to borrow as well. There is little shade at the preserve, so a hat and water bottle are recommended. We will also be walking nearly the entire time, so comfortable shoes are a must (sneakers are fine, no need for hiking boots). Check in at the front desk of the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. We will gather in the meeting room before venturing out on the preserve.

Mar
3
Sat
Bird walk @ Discovery Park - Pahrump
Mar 3 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Vermillion Flycatcher with lunch
Vermillion Flycatcher with lunch

Oscar Wilde has his revenge as we walk the holes of this remediated golf course. Sand traps and water hazards have been transformed into ponds, creeks and native ecosystems less frequently associated with urban southern Nevada add a touch of whimsy. Come wander former fairways and happily end up in the rough as we look for migrant visitors. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them, The RRAS is proud to have taken on a leading role in the development of this project.

Mar
10
Sat
Bird walk @ Springs Preserve
Mar 10 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Anna'a Hummingbird

Come see where humans and wildlife have gathered for thousands of years to quench their thirst in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Thousands of years. Walk the trails among cottonwoods, learn what a cienega really is and explore the desert botanical gardens. Species of wildlife seen at the Springs Preserve will vary, as the mix of resident and migratory species change with the seasons. All of this, amazingly, in the middle of a city of 2 million+ people. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them, but sorry, no dogs. The Red Rock Audubon general meeting follows after the walk at the Nevada State Museum and the public is invited.

Mar
12
Mon
Bird walk @ Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
Mar 12 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Avocet

Officially created from a defunct water treatment facility in 1967, Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve appears to be a mirage at first glance, but its nine ponds have created an oasis in the desert and a great place to see a lot of different birds. Come with us for a walk and see how industrial land can be repurposed and adapted to attract wildlife and create a unique natural environment. A wide variety of resident and migratory water fowls can be seen at this location year-round. You’ll enjoy excellent access to the birds thanks to the maintained grounds and pre-built structures. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them, but sorry, no dogs.

 

 

Mar
17
Sat
Floyd Lamb Park @ Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs
Mar 17 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Photo by Trish Wooddy

A true oasis in the Mojave, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs has been a park since 1964 and a significant desert ecosystem for millennia longer. Surrounded by sagebrush flats that lay at the foot of Gass Peak, Multiple species of trees encircle four stocked ponds that are always popular with waterfowl and local fishermen. The diversity of the surrounding area offers an excellent opportunity to see a wide variety of resident species and visiting migrants. The park includes the Tule Springs Ranch, Tule Springs Archaeological Site, and Tule Springs Wash. Tell the staff at the gate that you are here for the Audubon walk. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them, but sorry, no dogs.

Monthly bird walk at Floyd Lamb Park.  Easy walking.   No reservation required; just show up.  Beginners (with binoculars) welcome.  Meet the leader at the last parking lot, lot #5.

2018 Winter Social @ Truffles & Bacon
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 18 @ 10:00 pm
2018 Winter Social @ Truffles & Bacon

Join us of the 2018 Red Rock Audubon Winter Social event on Saturday March 17th at Truffles and Bacon. Dinner and fun activities for all. Full information and menu on the reservation page.

Mar
24
Sat
Birding at China Date Ranch @ China Date Ranch
Mar 24 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
 China Ranch is a family owned and operated small farm, a lush piece of greenery amidst the forbidding Mojave Desert near Southern Death Valley. Imagine towering cottonwoods and willows by a wandering stream, date palms and abundant wildlife, all hidden away in some of the most spectacular scenery the desert has to offer.The Ranch is also rich in history. The Old Spanish Trail is within walking distance, as is the historic Tonopah & Tidewater railroad bed.
After bird the ranch, participants are invited to enjoy the delicious date shake.
Participant should plan on meeting our guide Len Warren at the China Date Ranch at 8:30 am.

Registration for this event is full

Mar
28
Wed
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day
Mar 28 all-day

Event detail to be posted later.

Mar
31
Sat
Birding the Warm Springs Natural Area @ Warm Springs
Mar 31 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

An island in a sea of desert

Like a gemstone stashed away in the upper Moapa Valley, Warm Springs Natural Area is an oasis in the Mojave Desert.

The 1,220-acre property, formerly known as the Warm Springs Ranch, features more than two dozen bubbling springs, rushing streams and lush wetlands. It is also home to 28 sensitive species, including the Moapa dace, and more than 200 species of birds.

Visitors to Warm Springs are invited to explore a 2/3-mile trail that meanders through woodlands along two spring-fed streams. Perfect for bird-watching and sightseeing, the trail includes informational kiosks, benches and a viewing deck.

Warm Springs plays an integral role in the Southern Nevada watershed. The springs here feed the 32-mile-long Muddy River, which flows to Lake Mead, Southern Nevada’s primary drinking water source.

Dave Syzdek and Debbie Van Dooremolen will be hosting this field trip.

Meet up location will be posting later.

Registration for this event is full

Apr
7
Sat
Greater Sage-grouse & Pahranagat NWR @ Ely, Nevada
Apr 7 – Apr 8 all-day

 

The primary goal of this trip is to see greater sage grouse on a lek (strutting ground).

On Saturday leave Las Vegas very early andl do general birding at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge and Key Pittman Wildlife Management Area, and then continue to Ely, Nevada for the night and a group dinner. For folks not interested in leaving Las Vegas and bird along the way to Ely – should plan on meeting the group for dinner Saturday night.

On Sunday we will rise very early to meet Aaron Ambos of Southern Nevada Water Authority. He will lead us to a monitored lek that is expected to have a number of strutting males. Afterwards, we will do some birding in Spring Valley, expecting to see golden eagles, rough-legged hawks, and ferruginous hawks, and then return to Las Vegas.  Dress for cold.

Only three (3) vehicles – including the leader vehicles, will be allowed into the lek area. A limit of 6 tickets will be sold for this field trip. A waiting list will be maintained for this event. If the event is sold out and you want to be put on the wait list, please contact Doug Chang (contactus@redrockaudubon.com)

Meet up location and trip details will be sent to participants one week prior to departure.

 

Bird walk @ Discovery Park - Pahrump
Apr 7 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Vermillion Flycatcher with lunch
Vermillion Flycatcher with lunch

Oscar Wilde has his revenge as we walk the holes of this remediated golf course. Sand traps and water hazards have been transformed into ponds, creeks and native ecosystems less frequently associated with urban southern Nevada add a touch of whimsy. Come wander former fairways and happily end up in the rough as we look for migrant visitors. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them, The RRAS is proud to have taken on a leading role in the development of this project.

Tree planting & Pollinator garden planting @ Discovery Park - Pahrump
Apr 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fall has arrived at Discovery Park!!! The park is gorgeous. Your (volunteer) 2017 hard work in is paying off.  Discovery Park is going to be even more beautiful in 2018.

On April 7, 2018 we are going to kick-off the 2018 planting season. We have lots of new trees to plant and another pollinator way station to install. Thankfully, holes will be pre-dug for us.

Park at 1100 Daytona St. Walk in at the empty lot on the north side of Daytona St.

We’ll need at least 25 of you for 4 hours (9am to 1pm). Please join us.

Bring work gloves and refillable water bottle (reduce plastic). Other tools will be available for use.

If you are able to join us, please call or email Richard Cantino  ( richardcantino@att.net,  702-275-0995 or 775-727-0645) so that we can plan the work assignments ahead of your arrival.

Apr
9
Mon
Bird walk @ Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
Apr 9 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Avocet

Officially created from a defunct water treatment facility in 1967, Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve appears to be a mirage at first glance, but its nine ponds have created an oasis in the desert and a great place to see a lot of different birds. Come with us for a walk and see how industrial land can be repurposed and adapted to attract wildlife and create a unique natural environment. A wide variety of resident and migratory water fowls can be seen at this location year-round. You’ll enjoy excellent access to the birds thanks to the maintained grounds and pre-built structures. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them, but sorry, no dogs.

 

 

Apr
15
Sun
Java Jaunts – Bird walk @ Clark County Wetlands Park
Apr 15 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

 

“Explore the Las Vegas Wash as we saunter through mesquite bosques, around reed lined ponds, and maybe even among the meadows (las vegas) of the largest park in Clark County. A natural water polishing station, the park contains a remarkably diverse amount of wildlife and is another example of the potential partnership between urban planning and habitat conservation and restoration. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them.” T. Bingham

Java Jaunt is a Clark County Wetlands Park program – supported by Red Rock Audubon.  Meet up location will vary depending on the monthly program. Participants must register with the Wetlands Park to receive the most up to date walk details. Click here. to register.

 

Apr
21
Sat
Floyd Lamb Park @ Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs
Apr 21 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am

 

Photo by Trish Wooddy

A true oasis in the Mojave, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs has been a park since 1964 and a significant desert ecosystem for millennia longer. Surrounded by sagebrush flats that lay at the foot of Gass Peak, Multiple species of trees encircle four stocked ponds that are always popular with waterfowl and local fishermen. The diversity of the surrounding area offers an excellent opportunity to see a wide variety of resident species and visiting migrants. The park includes the Tule Springs Ranch, Tule Springs Archaeological Site, and Tule Springs Wash. Tell the staff at the gate that you are here for the Audubon walk. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them, but sorry, no dogs.

Monthly bird walk at Floyd Lamb Park.  Easy walking.   No reservation required; just show up.  Beginners (with binoculars) welcome.  Meet the leader at the last parking lot, lot #5.

 

 

Apr
28
Sat
Bioblitz at Wetlands Park
Apr 28 all-day

Event details to be posted later.

Apr
29
Sun
Birding by Sound @ Clark County Wetlands Park
Apr 29 @ 7:30 am – 11:30 am

Jeanne Tinsman will be leading us on this field trip.

This field trip designed to help us improve our audio bird identification knowledge and skills.  Some bird sounds are quite delicate, faint, high or low register, and quick ~ this is NOT for those who have trouble hearing.  We are also limiting the number of participants to eight.

We’ll not only be listening for calls and songs, but also the sounds birds make when they move (wings in flight, searching for food, drumming by woodpeckers, etc.)

Binoculars are required.

Register

6 tickets remaining.

$0.00

May
5
Sat
Bird walk @ Discovery Park - Pahrump
May 5 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Vermillion Flycatcher with lunch
Vermillion Flycatcher with lunch

Oscar Wilde has his revenge as we walk the holes of this remediated golf course. Sand traps and water hazards have been transformed into ponds, creeks and native ecosystems less frequently associated with urban southern Nevada add a touch of whimsy. Come wander former fairways and happily end up in the rough as we look for migrant visitors. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them, The RRAS is proud to have taken on a leading role in the development of this project.

May
12
Sat
Bird walk @ Springs Preserve
May 12 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Anna'a Hummingbird

Come see where humans and wildlife have gathered for thousands of years to quench their thirst in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Thousands of years. Walk the trails among cottonwoods, learn what a cienega really is and explore the desert botanical gardens. Species of wildlife seen at the Springs Preserve will vary, as the mix of resident and migratory species change with the seasons. All of this, amazingly, in the middle of a city of 2 million+ people. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them, but sorry, no dogs. The Red Rock Audubon general meeting follows after the walk at the Nevada State Museum and the public is invited.

May
14
Mon
Bird walk @ Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
May 14 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Avocet

Officially created from a defunct water treatment facility in 1967, Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve appears to be a mirage at first glance, but its nine ponds have created an oasis in the desert and a great place to see a lot of different birds. Come with us for a walk and see how industrial land can be repurposed and adapted to attract wildlife and create a unique natural environment. A wide variety of resident and migratory water fowls can be seen at this location year-round. You’ll enjoy excellent access to the birds thanks to the maintained grounds and pre-built structures. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them, but sorry, no dogs.

 

 

May
19
Sat
Floyd Lamb Park @ Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs
May 19 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am

 

Photo by Trish Wooddy

A true oasis in the Mojave, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs has been a park since 1964 and a significant desert ecosystem for millennia longer. Surrounded by sagebrush flats that lay at the foot of Gass Peak, Multiple species of trees encircle four stocked ponds that are always popular with waterfowl and local fishermen. The diversity of the surrounding area offers an excellent opportunity to see a wide variety of resident species and visiting migrants. The park includes the Tule Springs Ranch, Tule Springs Archaeological Site, and Tule Springs Wash. Tell the staff at the gate that you are here for the Audubon walk. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them, but sorry, no dogs.

Monthly bird walk at Floyd Lamb Park.  Easy walking.   No reservation required; just show up.  Beginners (with binoculars) welcome.  Meet the leader at the last parking lot, lot #5.

 

 

Jun
16
Sat
Floyd Lamb Park @ Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs
Jun 16 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

 

Photo by Trish Wooddy

A true oasis in the Mojave, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs has been a park since 1964 and a significant desert ecosystem for millennia longer. Surrounded by sagebrush flats that lay at the foot of Gass Peak, Multiple species of trees encircle four stocked ponds that are always popular with waterfowl and local fishermen. The diversity of the surrounding area offers an excellent opportunity to see a wide variety of resident species and visiting migrants. The park includes the Tule Springs Ranch, Tule Springs Archaeological Site, and Tule Springs Wash. Tell the staff at the gate that you are here for the Audubon walk. As always, dress appropriately and bring your kids and your binoculars if you have them, but sorry, no dogs.

Monthly bird walk at Floyd Lamb Park.  Easy walking.   No reservation required; just show up.  Beginners (with binoculars) welcome.  Meet the leader at the last parking lot, lot #5.

 

 

Jun
29
Fri
Joint Nevada Audubon Chapter Field Trip to Ruby Mountains
Jun 29 – Jul 1 all-day

Details are being developed.