Birding The City of Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

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All of these things can be found in Las Vegas, Nevada. That is, all of them can be found in Las Vegas except the last one on the list. To get to the sewage ponds you have to go to Henderson, which is a quick drive to the southeast of Las Vegas, about twenty minutes from the strip. But why on earth would you want to go to some sewage ponds when there are so many ways to experience debauchery and dissolution in Las Vegas itself? Casinos.

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Cavalia, the most amazing show #OdysseoUT

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It’s an amazing show the likes of which you normally only see in Las Vegas. Have you heard of Cavalia? They are in Utah right now, until June 6th, with their show Odysseo. Why am I writing about this on … Continue reading → The post Cavalia, the most amazing show #OdysseoUT appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. events

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Pigeon Feeding Ban Proposed in Clark County, Nevada

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And now Clark County commissioner Chris Giunchigliani has proposed making it illegal to feed pigeons in unincorporated areas of the county, which includes Las Vegas. Pigeons are, perhaps, the most loathed of birds. The law seems virtually unenforceable but could cause problems for those who have bird feeders that pigeons take advantage of. Asides

The Gecko’s Vegas escapades

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Somehow the GEICO Gecko ended up bouncing around with a kangaroo in Las Vegas! And even though we weren’t there in Las Vegas with the gecko, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get lucky! Have you seen the commercial? What other trouble did the GEICO Gecko get into? Richard Simmons was there. We have prizes for 2 lucky readers who will each get a Gecko bobblehead and a 2GB Gecko shaped thumbdrive! They are both super cute.

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of April 2018?

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Hopefully, you can find consolation for this oversight in the fact that I saw lots of juicy (figuratively, not literally) birds from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. With all of my gallivanting across a small swath of the American Southwest last week, I plumb forgot to ask you where you were birding. But here we are again, facing a weekend with unlimited birding potential… I’m back in wintry Rochester wondering how I’m going to spot American Woodcocks in a snowstorm.

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Celebrity Casino Royale Benefiting Charity

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Try your hand at various Las Vegas casino games. Celebrity Casino Royale, hosted by The H.O.M.E. Foundation , will take place at Avalon in Hollywood, CA on May 24th, 2011. The star-studded, red carpet event benefits spcaLA, as well as the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation. Guests will have the opportunity to play against celebrities and poker stars, while enjoying an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and delicious desserts.

Black-throated Sparrow at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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On my western sojourn back in June we made a half-day visit to the absolutely gorgeous Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas. Though our visit was all-too-quick it was memorable and enjoyable and should I ever find myself in Las Vegas again I will definitely make it a point to stop back at Red Rock and explore it more thoroughly.

Miami Mega Mall vs. Everglades National Park

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A representative of the development company (which also owns Mall of America in Minnesota and Canada’s West Edmonton Mall) used the phrase ‘Las Vegas-type atmosphere.’ Here’s a thought – we already know where to find that atmosphere…in Las Vegas! Merchandising folly 1 – Conservation 0. The Miami-Dade County Commission approved development of ‘the largest shopping mall in North America’ with a vote of 9-1 last week.

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Carrie’s 2014 Year List

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Rock Pigeon Jan 1 – Las Vegas, Nevada. As I’ve mentioned before , year lists are odd creatures: arbitrary but compelling, personal but competitive, commonplace but unique enough to be worthy, in some instances, of scientific interest. Up until now, though, I’ve never put my year list on 10,000 Birds. This year, I’m taking the plunge. As I’ve discussed , I’m hoping to add a Rosy-Finch or two to the old life-list this year.

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Looking Forward to Birding Fallon, Nevada

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I’ve never really been to Nevada—just a layover in the Las Vegas airport, where I was amused to see slot machines at the gates. … where the Spring Wings Festival will be held from March 17–19, 2013! The good folks at the Fallon Convention and Tourism Authority extended an invite to 10,000 Birds to send one of us bloggers to the annual birding festival held in this town about an hour east of Reno. Everyone else is otherwise engaged, or my hand went up first, or both.

Don’t underestimate the underdog in a cross-species super-fight

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Mayweather and McGregor are expected to attract 5 million ppvs for their super-fight at the 20,000 seat, T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. So, Floyd Mayweather might be the overwhelming favourite in a fight where Conor McGregor crosses disciplines to challenge him, but where would you put your money on the outcome of a confrontation between a Willet and an American Coot ?

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Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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Others may be perfect for a free morning on a business trip to Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, or Las Vegas. There are more than 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States, with at least one in every state and one within an hour drive of almost every major American city. Many were specifically established for migratory birds and are strategically positioned along one of the four major North American migration flyways.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: The euthanasia of more than 1,000 dogs and cats at the main animal shelter in Las Vegas is surely a major tragedy in the sheltering field (news article , Feb. In Las Vegas, housing unadoptable animals for too long contributed to the overcrowding and allowed parvo, distemper and other diseases to incubate and rapidly spread through the shelter’s animal population.

On Not Chasing Grace’s Warbler

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The southwestern US is still undiscovered country for me – barring one trip to San Diego and a handfull of layovers in Las Vegas, I’ve never been – and I had imagined a Grace’s Warbler darting out of a treetop in Nevada or New Mexico to add a flash of color to my first real exploration of the region. I got word of the Grace’s Warbler a bit late in the game.

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Collaborative List – April 2018

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Las Vegas – Sunset Park. Redgannet added another splash of colour to the collective profile by falling asleep on a boat and waking up in Uruguay , the 44th country to feature in the list. Corey smashed the world record for contributing to the list when he shared 29 lists in just 2 minutes. Redgannet retains the world record for staying up late to collate them. Tom barged us beyond the 30th incidence of Nelson.

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Collaborative List – July 2018

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And so to summer. Traditionally, the slow season, but the beats have mopped their collective brow and outdone their previous efforts. The UK has been birded clean by Tom as he ends his Little Big Year (Part 1). Redgannet continues his quest to bring colour to the profile map (one pixel at a time), by visiting The Seychelles (this time, on purpose!).

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Collaborative List – June 2018

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Las Vegas – Sunset Park. It’s all been happening this month. Just when we thought that the beats deserved a quiet month after the exertions of May, they came out with Bushnell’s blazing and gave June both barrels! Honduras , Malaysia and the southern-most bits of South Africa feature large this month with Mike, Duncan and Tom all vying to be MVB for June. Of course we all know it will be Pat… again… , but let them have their fun.

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Collaborative List – May 2018

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Las Vegas – Sunset Park. That was May. Month of months. As we pass into June we can forgive some of our northern beats if they take a few moments to savour the past few weeks. But the beats go on in Southern climes and our intrepid little-big-year beat, Tom enters Africa. No peace for the blessed (Are you all as impressed as I am that Tom is in Africa and still finding time to review photos, share checklists and write blog posts?).

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Collaborative list – December 2018

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Las Vegas – Sunset Park. Las Trancas farm fields (Rt 254 to Playa Panama). Las Trancas farm fields (Rt 254 to Playa Panama). So what do you want first? The numbers? The accolades? The lifers? December’s collaborative results also summarises the year’s efforts, so this is December 2018 and the rest of 2018 all rolled into one sentence.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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Las Vegas – Sunset Park. Las Trancas farm fields (Rt 254 to Playa Panama). Las Trancas farm fields (Rt 254 to Playa Panama). A big thank you goes out to Tristan, who demonstrated that at least one person reads this drivel. He pointed out that Illinois had been sadly neglected up to this point, so Redgannet made a special visit to Chicago to redress this oversight.

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Collaborative List – October 2018

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In a month that contained the eBird Big Day , we can naturally expect that the beats have been racing about providing much fodder for the collaborative list. The two most prolific contributors, Pat and Tom, have been sharing their birding space in Costa Rica. Tom’s own list continues apace Those of us who have tried to do a big year know how tough it gets on the homeward stretch and will be rooting for him. It is also a month when the Law of Diminishing Returns over-took itself.

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Collaborative list – September 2018

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The nights are drawing in and the mornings are cooler and noticeably damper. It’s September and time for birds to start their southerly journeys. The beats have been out to line their route and cheer them along, wishing them bon voyage and a safe return next spring. At the far ends of the world, our southern beats are poised to welcome them back. The migrants face many perils, hunters, predators, adverse weather conditions and lack of refueling opportunities due to habitat loss.

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Collaborative list – August 2018

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Is it wrong of me to go birding to get away from the kids now that they are at home all day? August is the make or break month for relationships. Can the whole family live together in harmony during the school holidays? Bravo if you have. Happy birding if you suddenly find yourself single. This month has been a slow one with just 73 lists shared, but far more happy smiling kids on social media, so I guess it all comes out good in the end. 458 birds were seen by 7 beats in 8 countries.

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