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Southwestern New Mexico Audubon Society (SWNMA)
  • Membership = $15 per year
  • Includes subscription to bi-monthly newsletter The Ravens
  • Includes priority email notification of Birds & Brews programs (RSVP required)
  • Dues paid to SWNMA are used locally to support activities of this chapter:
    • Advocacy
    • Biological Diversity
    • Conservation
    • Education
    • Habitats
  • Any additional financial support you can provide is greatly appreciated
  • SWNMA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit chapter of the National Audubon Society
  • Our Federal Tax ID number is 81-4858303

Please join the SWNMA chapter by filling out the Membership Application PDF.
Send your check for $15 payable to SWNM Audubon Society to:

Membership Chair
PO Box 1473, Silver City, NM 88062

National Audubon Society (NAS)

  • Membership = $20 per year (minimum)
  • Includes a subscription to Audubon Magazine
  • Supports multiple NAS activities throughout the United States
  • Dues paid to NAS do not come to your local chapter
  • NAS shares a mailing list with SWNMA so we can inform NAS members about local info if you provide them with your email address
  • Join NAS ONLINE and be sure to specify SWNMA Chapter Q50
  • Already a NAS member? We hope you will join SWNMA, too!

The Raven's Newsletter

Our newsletter is published bi-monthly. We encourage you to JOIN our local National Audubon Society chapter and receive "The Ravens" via email.

→ May, June, July 2020
→ March, April 2020
→ Jan, Feb 2020
→ Nov, Dec 2019
→ Aug, Sep, Oct 2019
→ May, June, July 2019
→ March, April 2019
→ Jan, Feb 2019

Newsletters are in PDF format. Click on a date to launch Adobe Reader to open the document. Most computers have Adobe Acrobat Reader - if not, download it for free.

Letter from SWNMA Board President, Lisa Fields

Southwestern New Mexico Audubon (SWNMA), is the oldest Audubon chapter in New Mexico with a 50-year history of working to protect birds, wildlife and their habitats. We are an all-volunteer organization with members in Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron counties. All of our activities are widely advertised, free, and open to the public.

Audubon is NOT just for birds or bird watchers! We focus on education and advocacy rooted in sound science to protect the ecosystems that support wildlife and people.

Our Work, Past and Recent

  • Advocacy to protect the Gila River’s ecosystem. A major factor in the founding of our chapter was prevention of dams and diversions on the Gila River. Our work included well-researched conservation alternatives to piping water from the Gila to meet water supply needs.
  • Advocacy to protect the Gila National Forest. We provided input aimed at protecting birds and sensitive habitats throughout the 5-year process of the Forest Plan revision.
  • Advocacy to protect local trails. We published the Greenways Silver City Guide to local, municipal trails.
  • Advocacy to protect native pollinators. Bird, Bee, Butterfly Friendly program: informational brochure and native plant give-away in cooperation with other local organizations in 2018 and 2019, and participation in creating the Pollinator Mural on Arizona Street in downtown Silver City.

Our Continuing Work in Education and Outreach

Protection of the Gila River
We continue to advocate for protection of the riparian corridor, including three Important Bird Areas.

Evening Programs
Our programs feature wildlife, birds and habitat and are free, open to all and family friendly.

Field trips
Organized during birding season → Field Trips

Citizen Science
Annual Bird Counts, Cliff Swallow monitoring during nesting season.

Lessons About Birds
Hands-on activities in elementary school classes (new in 2019)

Newsletter for members
Five informative issues each year.

We exist because of your interest - THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!