Friday, March 10, 2017

March 20 - Field Trip by Dale Kavula

Are you a wildflower enthusiast? Do you want to practice your macro skills? Joins us on Monday, March 20 for our next field trip to Cottonwood Cove Road and Nelson, NV/El Dorado Canyon! We will be meeting at 8am in the Desert Vista parking lot for the ride.

After all the fall/winter rains and the recent warm weather, we are hoping for a nice display of desert wildflowers in our local area! A location that has always provided a nice display this time of year is along Cottonwood Cove Road, near Searchlight. It’s lower in elevation and further south, so usually you will see blooms there before they come out in Red Rock. Diane, one of the co-leaders for this trip, makes a point of making this trip every spring, and typically there is a large variety of species of wildflowers, with yellow, blue, purple, orange, or white blooms along the roadside, and they are easily accessible. Species seen in past years include phacelia, primrose, sand verbena, purple mat, desert marigolds, filaree, globe mallow, Fremont pincushion, brittle bush, penstemon, chia, encelia, fiddle neck, cryptanths, desert trumpet, etc. The beavertail cactus should be popping with beautiful blooms.

After checking out the blooms on Cottonwood Cove Road, we will head back to Las Vegas,If we all agree, with a stop in Nelson, NV and El Dorado Canyon. More wildflower photography opportunities as well as a fun stop at Nelson with the antique trucks, Old West memorabilia, a plane crashed into a small hill, etc. Their charge to photograph there is $10 an hour per person. After this stop, we will be heading home.

Please remember to bring sun protection (hat or some protection for your head), sunscreen, plenty of water, snacks. There are a few places in Searchlight we could stop for fast food and a break for lunch before proceeding to Nelson, as not much is available in Nelson at their store except for some cold soft drinks.

We hope you can join us for this trip! Please contact Dale Kavula at OR 702-240-6257 if you plan to attend, and also if you can volunteer to drive. Click here to sign-up online.

Click here for pictures of the field trip.

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