Issue #32 – Clark County Wetlands Park

Wildlife consists of

  • Birds– the most common wildlife in the park, birds range in size from the golden eagle with its six-foot wingspan to the tiny black-chinned hummingbird.

 

  • Mammals– the park makes life easier for many desert species. Animals like coyote are found in greater numbers, drawn by water and prey.

 

  • Fish– the park is home to a number of fish species, none of which are native to southern Nevada. Some, like the mosquitofish, were introduced because they eat mosquito larvae and help control mosquito populations.

 

  • Amphibians & Reptiles- a wide range of amphibians and reptiles great home in the park. Some live in ponds and streams, like the large spiny soft shelled turtles that like to sun themselves on rocks in the preserve streams and ponds and the wash, especially during the warmer weather.

 

  • Invertebrates– at the park, the world’s smallest creatures are well established in the habitats, helping to provide a balance to biodiversity and a welcomed food source for birds, animals, and other insects.

The wash is a natural water system that was first discovered by only native American Settlers to what is now our ‘’ Las Vegas Valley’’

The wash became perennial stream as a result of the Valley’s waste water reclamation facilities in the 1950’s.

It receives over 180 million gallons of reclaimed water per day.

Four Habitats make up the park

  1. Aquatic– the water-rich aquatic wetlands found within the wash and the park preserve’s network of ponds and streams provide resources for many plant and animal species that might not otherwise survive in the dry desert valley.
  2. Riparian– adjacent to the aquatic habitats found in the park, these verdant ‘’ strips of green’’ provide important food and shelter for wildlife close to water.
  3. Mesquite woodland – further away from the perennial water sources found in the park, these meadows provide natural drainage for the park when hit by flash floods.
  4. Desert Scrub- This is the general habitat of the Mojave Desert, receiving just over four inches of precipitation per year. The plants and animals living here need to be very resilient.

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