Birds: what are they? Find out!


Christopher Smith

Clark County Wetlands Park

Southern Nevada is a crossroads for lots of people — tourists hoping for a life-changing jackpot, job-hunters looking for a second chance, the countless shifty-eyed, vaguely methy drifters who spare-change your neighborhood grocery-store parking lot. It’s also a crossroads for birds.

And right now, it’s all crazy rush-hour ornithological intersection up in here at the Clark County Wetlands Park, a natural stop for migrating birds on the Pacific flyway. Tomorrow, in fact, the park is hosting its fourth annual International Migratory Bird Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., an educational day of bird walks, bird talks and, bonus, a slightly terrifying-sounding “live raptor demonstration.”

Hardcore birdheads (?) will want to get there early for the 7-9 a.m. “Early Bird Walk” (which requires advance registration at

And if you want to keep an eye out for other fauna in the area, be sure to check out our March feature, “The animals next door.” And, as always, beware of hoop snakes.

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