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UPCOMING EVENTS

Event details will be emailed to members and can be found on our Facebook page and this site. 


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October 3, 2022 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Southwestern New Mexico Audubon Board Meeting
Zoom

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. The next meeting is October 3rd. If you are interested in attending board meetings, please email swnmaudubon@gmail.org. We will add you to the list to receive the agenda and zoom link a few days in advance of the meeting.


Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 9:00 - 11:00 am
River Ranch Wildlife Management Area Bird Outing 

RSVP REQUESTED!See below

On October Big Day, explore this relatively new public birding area with Audubon leaders Megan Ruehmann and Emily Pollom.

River Ranch is located directly on the Mimbres River. Slightly over a thousand acres in both Grant and Luna Counties, the property is home to large mottes of cottonwood and velvet ash. Along with the river, forest and open fields, birds are attracted to the human-built pond on the property. Binoculars and kid scavenger hunt lists will be provided!

>> There's a river crossing to access the trails! Plan footwear accordingly! <<<

Getting there: To find River Ranch, first find the entrance to City of Rocks State Park and then continue northeast on Highway 61 for about three miles and look for New Mexico Game and Fish signage at what appears to be a residence. The entrance is on the right, just past the "Luna County Line" sign and just before mile marker 7.

Coordinates: 32.5872032, -107.922062

 

More info: 

RSVP REQUESTED!  For each group of four adult visitors to the property, at least one needs a NM hunting or fishing license, or Habitat Management and Access Validation (HMAV) stamp. Visitors under 18 years of age are exempt from these access requirements. To ensure that SWNMA has sufficient habitat stamps on hand, please RSVP (email swnmaudubon@gmail.com) if you plan to attend!

 

 

 


SPUR-OF-THE-MOMENT Field Trips
spurbirdingBecause events are planned far in advance, scheduled field trips sometimes miss good birding or butterfly possibilities . To take advantage of bird sightings or lovely weather - - especially during migration time and when the butterflies and wildflowers start to appear - - we have Spur-of -the-moment Field Trips. If you're on the list, you'll receive an email notice of spontaneous field trips 3-7 days in advance. Member? OK! Get on the List!

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.


Have an event suggestion? Please contact us at swnmaudubon@gmail.com

PAST EVENTS

May 28, 2022
Kids' Nature Walk

At our last Kids' Bird Walk in late May, we played Bug Bingo and had many interesting discoveries along San Vicente Creek. A few people were able to see the bright flash of a male Summer Tanager flying overhead, we checked on the status of a Common Black Hawk nest, and found a fallen songbird nest from last year.

April 24, 2022
Accessible Outing at Silva Creek

Emily Pollum and John Gorey guided 10 bird watchers on this low-key outing in an emerging spring setting on a sunny Sunday. First-time and established members were fortunate to spot flitting warblers, a nesting Cooper's Hawk, noisy curve-billed thrashers, and a brilliantly red summer tanager.

April 23, 2022
Gila Earth Day x CDT Days

The high winds didn't dampen the spirits of our visitors to and volunteers at the Audubon table for the Gila Earth Day x Continental Divide Trail Celebration @ Gough Park. We made new acquaintances, reunited with old friends, gave out literature, and even sold out of our remaining copies of the New Mexico Bird Finding Guide, 3rd ed. Thanks to all who stopped by!