Red Rock Audubon Society led a trip to Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge and Key Pittman Wildlife Management Area (Lincoln Co., NV), and Spring Valley (i.e., Highway 893 on April 8-9, 2017. Seventeen individuals participated: Paul and Debbie Rodriguez, Andrea and Troy Wirth, Bob and Jeanne Andrew, Jim Roombos, Rita Schlageter, Je Anne Blackman, Scott Page, Chuck Feerick, Mary Siero, Terry Tobias, Charles Stegner, Diane Morgan, Angel Poe and Doug Chang.
In our pre-dawn effort, we were blessed with a clear sky and temperature of 19o F in Ely. The morning drive to Spring Valley was exciting due to the icy road over the pass. We made it through safely. The day turned into a spectacularly beautiful one with blue sky and fresh snow on all the mountains and scattered snow in the valleys. the SpringValley North Creek East lek, guided by Aaron Ambos, a biologist with Southern Nevada Water Authority, we observed up thirty-two male Greater Sage-grouse displaying close up. After watching the lek, we had great looks at multiple species of raptors. Black-billed Magpies, Sandhill Cranes, Northern Shrike and a nesting Ferruginous Hawk were seen on our way out of Spring Valley. We also encountered Elks, Pronghorn and Mule Deer.