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Monthly Programs

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.

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 megan.ruehmann@gmail.com.

Albuquerque during good run-off year.

El Rito Grande; Conserving a Once Mighty River
W/ Paul Tashjian, Audubon Southwest

Friday, NOVEMBER 5th PROGRAM - 6:00 pm, via Zoom
Members will receive an email invitation with a link to join the Zoom program about a week in advance.

“Rito” is the Spanish word for little river. The Rio Grande in Central NM is a very different river than it was historically. This presentation discusses ideas on how the Rio Grande functioned in its native state, how the Rio was altered for societal needs, how remnant ecosystem function remarkably remains today, and how a future “Rito Grande” might remain alive in the face of climate change and increased water shortages.

Paul Tashjian is the Director of Freshwater Conservation for Audubon Southwest. Paul joined Audubon in March of 2018 to establish a comprehensive water and restoration strategy for the Rio Grande in New Mexico. At Audubon Paul has developed water market strategies for the Rio Grande, building on the work of his predecessor Beth Bardwell. He has expanded Audubon’s role in the Rio Grande through building capacity through federal and state grants, representation on federal water teams, and coordination with many partners from irrigation districts to other non-profit environmental organizations. Prior to joining Audubon, Paul spent 27 years working as a regional hydrologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the Southwestern United States. His expertise includes water management and water protection for wildlife, river restoration, water law, and coordination. Paul enjoys fishing, photography and family. He holds degrees from Colorado College (BA Anthropology) and Temple University (MS Geology).