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Randall Davey Audubon Center has a new solar shade structure!

Learn about birds, get some shade, and on sunny days watch electricity being generated (very quietly) by photovoltaic panels.  All this in one spot – the new shade structure at the Randall Davey Audubon Center – thanks to a generous gift from  supporters Tom & Carlyn Jervis.

Test your bird identification skill of 11 species common to RDAC.  Can you tell from the  photo what species you're likely to see?*  

Besides working on your bird ID skills and relaxing in the shade, you’ll also witness the solar panels generating enough electricity to offset about half the needs of the David J Henderson Pavilion.  There will be a meter that shows how much power is being generated in real time.  There will even be room for additional panels in the future that will cover most all of the electric needs of the Pavilion. 

And soon you’ll be able to watch young visitors explore in the Nature Discovery Area and adventure deck. (sneak peek below)

Stay tuned!!!

Many thanks to Couty Design Build of Albuquerque for their creative and sturdy design, and Positive Energy Solar for the solar panel installation.

*(answers, top to bottom beginning at the top left:  Evening Grosbeak, Stellar’s Jay,  Pinyon Jay, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Red Tailed Hawk, Osprey, Black Billed Magpie, Great Blue Heron, Wild Turkey, and Raven.)

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