just a heads up that something really nice has taken place at one of nevada's great birding spots, Corn Creek. all that construction that has marred the site in the last year has paid off quite handsomely. in the form of an outstanding new visitor center there for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. the feds simply did a terrific job with this new building. i was there recently, and couldn't believe what had transpired. the grand opening of this gleaming new facility is this weekend, feb. 22/23rd. there won't be many birds there (we found out last year that mid march was even a bit early for real migrant action at CC), but there will be some dignitaries and so forth, showing off the building, new pond, and new walkways. really really well done. not only are there new restrooms and water, there's a gift shop with some good goodies and covered parking, which is a great plus for a wildlife refuge in clark county. where your vehicle doesn't have to blister and bake in the merciless sun.
so corn creek has now arrived, as has the DNWR. and it looks like a great road trip, in spring and summer, could well be the drive from CC up over the sheep range and into Pahranagat Valley. there's a road that links these two birding hot spots and it appears to be quite do-able. and the way it's not raining or snowing, it's probably quite do-able right now. it just looks like it would be a pretty fun and novel new way to get from alamo to vegas, via CC.