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Bird Alliance of SW New Mexico Board Meeting

Mon, Aug 5, 2024 | 5:00 pm

The Bird Alliance of SW NM invites members to our Board of Directors meetings. We meet every other month, on the first Monday of the month, at 5 PM. 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 location a few days in advance of the meeting.



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.

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


May 5 Gila River Valley Outing

Bill Norris, Susan Mittelstadt, and Linda Moore led 22 participants on this Gila River bird outing. They started out at Mangas Springs, with a highlight being a great egret. An osprey and bald eagle were spotted on Bill Evans Lake Rd. At the Mangas spillway, the group was treated to kettles of TVs (turkey vultures!) along with a Swainson's hawk dive-bombing a red-tailed hawk! Stopping back along Bill Evans Lake Rd, the sighting of the day was a pair (yes, a pair!) of gray hawks vocalizing, flying around, and giving everyone a great view of them.

Thank you to all who made the outing and to Bill, Susan, and Linda for guiding the way!

Check out the eBird lists for the day here: NM-211 Bridge over the Gila, 410 NM-211, Gila US-NM, 314–346 Bill Evans Lake Rd ,
314–346 Bill Evans Lake Rd (2), 421 Bill Evans Lake Rd, and Mangas Springs.


May 4 Give Grandly

Thanks to the 100+ folks who stopped by to say hi or spin the Bird Wheel of Fortune at our Give Grandly booth. And a double thank you to those of you who have given grandly to our chapter. Your support helps us keep programs and outings free and available to the public!


May 3 Program: Identification of Birds in the Lower Gila Valley

Over sixty people packed room 111 of Harlan Hall to learn how to identify the rich range of resident and visiting birds in the lower Gila River Valley. Thank you to Bill Norris and Susan Mittelstadt for sharing strategies and to Bill for the entertaining bird calls!

April 21 CDT x Earth Day Bird Outing at San Vicente

Dave McDonald led a group of eight along San Vicente trail, a great riparian habitat right in the heart of the city. The group was lucky to see some early migrant arrivals: three kinds of warblers, Summer Tanagers, a Cassin's kingbird, an Ash-throated Flycatcher, and - - everyone's favorite returnee - - a Common Black Hawk. View the 27 species spotted on Dave's eBird checklist. Thanks to all who attended!


April 20 CDT x Earth Day

Nearly 150 people stopped by the chapter booth to try their hand at our new Wheel of Bird Fortune!! So much fun on a perfect weather day! Special thanks to Jackie Blurton for putting together such an engaging activity.


April 13 Deadman's Canyon Outing

Sixteen gathered on a cool but clear and sunny day for some canyon birding. Trip leader Brian Dolton provided in depth answers to many questions, including when is it okay to use bird calls to draw birds, the  science and ethics of bird banding, and why during migration are those passing through not calling like the ones that have arrived to nest. View the ebird checklist here.

April 5 & 6 Gila Cliff Dwellings Adventure

We had a blast at our first-ever campout and Gila Cliff Dwellings event! Around the campfire, we ate s'mores while Ranger Jonah shared several Native American stories of how certain birds came to be.

The next morning we hiked along the West Fork of the Gila as well as downstream near the confluence with the Middle Fork, enjoying 32 species even on a chilly and breezy morning. Many were very recent arrivals this spring: Painted Redstart, Vermilion Flycatcher, Common Blackhawk, and a Kingbird sp. were highlights, and several people's "first of the season" birds. There were also some LIFERS on this trip, which is always a sign of time well spent! A few from our group were good forest stewards when finding a smoking and unattended campfire and completely doused it with water. This is your reminder to always have fire safety in mind!
We thank Jonah, as well as the staff and volunteers of the Gila Cliff Dwellings for joining us for this special event. We'll visit again soon!

March 24 UU Presentation

Board members Beth Cable and Dave McDonald gave a presentation to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Silver City. Beth presented an overview of our chapter and its activities, then placed our chapter in the context of the National Audubon Society. Dave described some local birding hotspots and showed photos of some of the birds one can see there.

Mar 21 Birds and Brews

After the sprinkles and wind blew through Silver City the day before, a lovely group took a stroll at downtown's Big Ditch park to see what birds were out and about. There was plenty of foraging activity behind the Lion's Club building, including many Yellow-rumped Warblers at the treetops, a White-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskins (zzziiiippp!) and Black Phoebes. To our delight, a Hairy and Ladder-backed Woodpecker were within feet of each other for a nice visual comparison. https://ebird.org/checklist/S165533040
We made our way to The Toad for food, drinks, and a little bird trivia. Do YOU know how many (verified) bird species have been found in NM (fyi, this number changes as a designated committee reviews info)??