Join us for our monthly programs, listed below, on the first Friday of the month at 6:00 pm. Programs are online via Zoom and Facebook. Members will be notified with an invitation a week ahead of the program, and following an RSVP, will receive the Zoom link to the program. The summer months see a change for our monthly programs. May 7 at 6 pm will be our last program for the season. Monthly programs will resume in October.
Please visit us on FaceBook for updates and for virtual gatherings, announced here on the Website or for members via email.
Birds & Brews Program
Enjoy Birds & Brews events with occasional virtual Zoom and Facebook Live gatherings. Birds & Brews brings birding friends together for informative programs and conversation.
Next: Thursday April 29, 5:30 pm
Announcements for upcoming virtual gatherings will be on Facebook. Announcement and ID and Passcode for the event will be sent via email to SWNM Audubon members a few days prior to the event. If you have a program suggestion, please contact Megan at email@example.com.
17th Annual Gila River Festival (Re)Connect with the River
Sept. 16–19, Save the Date!
The festival examines our connection to nature with philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore, entomologist Doug Tallamy, author Sharman Apt Russell, poet Michelle Otero and conservationist Michael Casaus. Expert-guided field trips will also explore the variety of connections and interrelationships reflected in the Gila’s natural and cultural history.
Online registration opens August 1, 2021 at www.gilariverfestival.org.
OCTOBER 15th PROGRAM
Joint Meeting with Gila Native Plant Society
Members will receive an email invitation with a link to join the Zoom program about a week in advance.
Join Bat Conservation International’s Dan Taylor for a program describing restoration efforts of Agave palmeri and Agave parryi in southwestern New Mexico to support nectivorous bat populations. This subject will attract flora and fauna lovers alike and therefore, will be a joint program of the Gila Native Plant Society and Southwestern New Mexico Audubon Society.
From Bat Conservation International’s website:
“The status of pollinators in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands has emerged as a critical conservation issue because of their importance to agriculture, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem function. Three species of nectar-feeding bats serve as primary pollinators for important desert plants in Mexico and the southwestern United States. Roost disturbance and habitat loss led to the rapid decline of these bats.”
“Pollinator species such as the Mexican long-nosed bat and the Lesser long-nosed bat rely on agave nectar throughout their migratory range, and, as agave blossoms at night, these plants rely heavily on these nocturnal pollinators. By understanding this pollinator partnership between nectar-feeding bats and wild agave, we aim to restore agave that sustain the bat populations that rely on them.”
“Populations of the Mexican long-nose bat (Leptonycteris nivalis) decreased by 50% over the last 10 years. We will protect known roosts while continuing to grow a range-wide restoration effort to enhance foraging habitat in proximity to critical roost sites.”
“Our research agenda will expand to identify culturally and environmentally suitable sites for agave restoration and provide direction to target specific areas to create resilient nectar corridors for migratory movements. To address the bi-national landscape scale of the operation, we will develop diverse partnerships. These will help us expand the capacity to grow and plant locally adapted and sourced agave plants in the form of seed and nursery material in areas of highest impact for bat conservation.”
Visit www.batcon.org to learn more about bat species and Bat Conservation International’s work.