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Monthly Programs

Join us for our monthly programs, listed below, on the first Friday of the month at 7:00 pm. Location is on the WNMU campus in HARLAN HALL, 12th & Alabama Streets, unless otherwise noted in the program listing.

Light refreshments are served after the program — all programs are free, and everyone is welcome to attend. Please note: Summer months we take a break, so our May program is the last one for the season, and monthly programs resume in October.

Birds & Brews Program (currently on hold)

The fourth Thursday of the month, 5:15 pm, in the back room of Little Toad Creek Brewery, Bullard & Broadway, downtown Silver City. Birds & Brews brings birding friends together for informative programs and conversation.

Seating is limited so you must signup to receive the Program Announcement and please RSVP to get on the door list. Contact: sladeranch@gmail.com. We encourage you to support the Toad by ordering food and/or drinks as they do not charge for the room.

Dear SWNM Audubon Members and supporters,
In keeping with health and safety protocols, SWNM Audubon is suspending live programs and events. Instead, we are offering some online programs that will be announced on this page and in our newsletter - there are no programs scheduled for summer months of June, July and August. Hopefully we can resume our first Friday of the month programs soon. Please stay well and remember that getting outdoors and observing the wonderful springtime bird activity is great for your health!

May 1, 2020
7:00 pm online

Melissa Amarello photographing Alice and her babies (Arizona Black Rattlesnakes). Jeff Smith photo.





Rattlesnake Family Life

Please join us for an online edition of SWNMA’s monthly program on Friday, May 1,  7:00pm. This will be held in two simultaneous formats: ZOOM and Facebook Live. SWNMA members will receive an invitation to join the ZOOM program approximately a week in advance, at which time you must RSVP to receive instructions for joining. Facebook Live will be broadcast from → Advocates of Snake Preservation Facebook Page.

Sure elephants, whales, and birds have families and take care of their kids, BUT SNAKES? In fact they do and we will show you videos of wild rattlesnakes caring for their kids, their neighbor’s kids, and exhibiting other behaviors you probably didn’t know snakes do.

Melissa’s lifelong fascination with snakes led her to work on a variety of projects on natural history and conservation of reptiles in Arizona, California, and Mexico. After witnessing how negative attitudes can stifle conservation efforts, she incorporated education and outreach into her research to foster appreciation for snakes by sharing stories and videos of their behavior in the field. In the spring of 2014 she co-founded Advocates for Snake Preservation (ASP) with Jeff Smith, to change how people view and treat snakes. In 2017 they received the Jarchow Conservation Award for commitment and creativity in studying snake behaviors and tireless and continuous efforts to use scientific knowledge to advocate for snake conservation through outreach and social activism. Melissa received her B.S. in wildlife, watershed, and rangeland resources at the University of Arizona and her M.S. in biology at Arizona State University, where she studied rattlesnake social behavior.

July 18 - 26, 2020




NM Wild's local Grassroots Outreach Coordinator, Simon Sotelo invited us to participate in a week-long event to be held in Silver City and The Gila National Forest from July 18-26, 2020. Rachelle Bergman, Lisa Fields and Emily Pollom will be assisting on a field trip that will focus on birds and their habitat.

The SWNMA Board of Directors is also pleased and proud to be signed supporters of the Latino Conservation Week Resolution, created by the Hispanic Access Foundation with partners New Mexico Wild, and locally, SWNM Audubon. The intent is to promote diversity in the users of public lands and to honor the Hispanic and Latino cultures across New Mexico. With more than half of the Silver City population being of Hispanic or Latino heritage, there is the need to highlight the importance of their traditional uses of outdoor spaces here in the Gila National Forest. Stay tuned as this initiative moves forward and field trip dates + times are announced!