SWNMA Board Meeting
Mon, Aug 7, 2023
Southwestern New Mexico Audubon invites members to our Board of Directors meetings. We meet every two months on the first Monday of the month at 5 PM via Zoom. If you are interested in attending board meetings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will add you to the list to receive the agenda and zoom link a few days in advance of the meeting.
SPUR-OF-THE-MOMENT Field Trips
SWNMA programs are planned far in advance, so sometimes we miss good birding possibilities. That's why we encourage member-initiated Spur- of-the-Moment field trips. You don’t have to be an expert, you just need a desire to get out there with fellow birders! If you email us the date, destination, and when/where to meet, we'll pass that info to our list of interested others. Want to get on the list? Just send us an email.
Please visit us on Facebook for updates and for virtual gatherings, announced here on the Website or for members via email.
Visit the joint SWNM Audubon Society and Gila Native Plant Society YouTube channel to view past recorded Zoom programs.
May 5 & 6
Intro to Common* Birds Along Cherry Creek Canyon (*and a few uncommon ones!) for Beginning and Intermediate Birders: Program and Outing
On Friday evening, Susan Mittelstadt and William (Bill) Norris provided tips for beginning and intermediate birders on using visual, auditory, behavioral and habitat cues to identify common (and a few uncommon) birds that occur in Cherry Creek Canyon in the spring and early summer. Over 20 folks attended in person with another 10 attending via Zoom.
Weren't able to attend? You can still catch this presentation on our YouTube channel!
On Saturday, Susan and Bill led 15 participants on a bird outing to Little Cherry Creek Trail. Birds sighted that day include: Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk Acorn Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee, Brown Creeper, House Wren, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Red-faced Warbler, Painted Redstart, Black-headed Grosbeak, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Plumbeous Vireo, Pygmy Nuthatch, Canyon Wren, Black-throated Gray Warbler, White-throated Swift, Violet-green Swallow, White-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Western Tanager! Quite a productive outing!
Thank you to Bill and Susan for leading this 2-parter and for all of those who participated!
Gila Earth Day x Continental Divide Trail Days festival
Over 100 people stopped by the Audubon table at this annual Silver City event to talk about birds, habitat protection, and our chapter! So good to see everyone during this exciting migration time of year! Thanks to Audubon members Rachelle Bergmann, Jackie Blurton, Susan Slade, and Patricia Taber for being such great table hosts!
Mar 3 & 4
Common Sparrow ID for Beginning and Intermediate Birders: Program and Outing
Karen Beckenbach and Bill Norris shared tips for identifying common sparrows in SW New Mexico for a packed lecture hall on Friday night. The next morning, over 25 birders joined them at the City of Rocks Cienega Trail to put their new-found knowledge to work. Sparrows observed included Vesper, Black-Throated, White-Crowned, Chipping, Brewers, Savannah, and Rufous-Crowned. Other highlights: Golden Eagle, pair of nesting Great Horned Owls, 60 Longspurs, and a pair of Loggerhead Shrikes.
View the complete eBird list here.
Thank you Karen and Bill for generously sharing your wisdom and time, and to those who attended this pairing of events.
Thailand: Temples and Birds Program
Karen Blisard and Russ Kleinman made over the 30+ SWNMA members quite jealous of their overseas adventures and astonishing bird sightings! Thank you Karen and Russ for taking us on this journey with you.