Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Attention to Nature Lovers and Birders: Water Allocation

20 Aug 2014 4:38 PM | Anonymous

Attention to Nature Lovers and Birders:

Important News from Philip Garcia, Biologist, LVNWR

Philip has designated Crane Lake and Browns Marsh to receive over time, a portion of the year's water allocation from Storrie Lake. Philip optimistically hopes that water in these two ponds will last into November and winter months, inviting shorebirds and waterfowl to stop and even stay!

For the Fall Flight Festival and many nature lovers this is good news, especially since Browns Marsh provides the most accessible place for bird sighting!  It will take some time to see the water there; Philip is releasing water into it slowly. Philip warns that water in Brown's Marsh will temporarily increase mosquitos and flies but he adds, "ducks love bugs." So, hang in there, and keep watch until the weather cools down and the birds fly in!

The bulk of the allocated water is stored at Bentley Lake. Sadly, the current water at Melton Pond, so nice to see by the visitor center, will slowly disappear as it is designated for irrigating the west side fields.

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