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2018 MVAS Scholarship Application

The Mesilla Valley Audubon Society (MVAS) is pleased to offer a one-year, $750.00/per semester scholarship to a graduate student at New Mexico State University.  The MVAS scholarship is available to graduate students in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, Department of Biology or the Geography Department.  The recipient must attain a 3.5 GPA during the 1st semester (fall) of the scholarship in order to receive the $750.00 for the second semester (spring).  The recipient will be required to submit a record of their GPA for the first semester within one week of the beginning of the second semester.

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Bird ID classes

People are still welcome to join the final two Bird ID classes offered by MV Audubon at a discounted cost (50%).  There are 2 lectures (10/9 and 10/16 6:30 to 8:30pm) and 2 field trips left.  Please contact Jay Wilbur @ if you are interested.

Birding ID Course!!

Scratching your head wondering what that yellow bird is in your tree?  Curious why your favorite birds are only here part of the year?  Mesilla Valley Audubon Society (MVAS) is offering a four-week beginners course to improve your birding skills as MVAS instructors guide you through various birding ID techniques.  You will be introduced to various field guides; IDing birds by shape, size and silhouettes; identify waterfowl & raptors; native plants that best attract birds to your yard; and more.  The course includes four field trips to local hot spots.  Join us to explore the wonderful world of birds!  The classroom portion of the course runs on Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30p.m., September 25 – October 6, 2017.  On the following Saturday after each class, a field trip will be conducted to a local hot spot for birding.

Classes will be held at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main Street, Las Cruces located in the downtown mall.

Cost if $40.00 for non-members and $30.00 for members of either National Audubon or the local MVAS chapter.  To enroll, mail a check to Mesilla Valley Audubon Society, PO Box 1645, Las Cruces, NM  88004.  Please note “Birding ID Course” in the memo section of the check.  For more information about the course, contact Wayne Treers (MVAS) at 575-528-8696 or email him at

MVAS Scholarship Winner

MVAS Scholarship winner is Tyler Wallin, a first year graduate student in NMSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology.   He came to NMSU from Southern Illinois and is working with Dr. Colleen Coldwell in the U.S.G.S. Cooperative Unit.  Wallin’s research focuses on critical habitat for fish species of special conservation concern to provide managers with the critical requirements for a stream to be a successful recovery habitat for the Gila Trout.  The MVAS scholarship committee received six proposals this year.  Wallin will collect data on population dynamics of four different Gila Trout populations using mark-recapture techniques to assess the long term viability of populations at these different sites.  Tyler will present his findings at a spring 2018 MVAS meeting.

2017 Lorraine Schulte Excellence in Teaching Awrd

Danielle Johnson, fourth and fifth grade teacher at Central Elementary School, has won this year’s Lorraine Schulte Excellence in Teaching Award.  The $300.00 annual award, now in it’s 20th year, recognizes a teacher for his/her efforts in teaching children to care for the environment.  Lorraine Schulte is a charter member of MVAS and coordinator for many years of Audubon Adventures, a creator of school or field based education program.  Congratulations Danielle!

Our Allies in Education

Gordon “Ken” Strawn of Hillrise Elementary School is the recipient of this year’s Lorraine Schulte Excellence in Teaching Award.  This cash award goes to a public school teacher nominated from the Las Cruces area who has best demonstrated teaching environmental or wildlife topics that will instill a better appreciation for conservation in his or her students.  Inn April, Board Member C. J. Goin made the presentation as Lorraine looked on.  The MVAS award honors her lifelong contribution to the environment and Audubon.

MVAS Graduate Scholarship

The Mesilla Valley Audubon Society is offering a $500.00 per semester scholarship to a graduate student in the Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences, Department of Biology, or Geography Department at NMSU.  Applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA and explain how their research is related to natural resource conservation.

Please send application to Mesilla Valley Audubon Society, PO Box 1645, Las Cruces, NM  88004-4165.  Applications will be accepted no later than March 15, 2016.  A final decision will be made by April 15, 2016.  All candidates will be notified after that date.  For more information please contact Bob Tafanelli, 526-9380 or

By maintaining a 3.5 GPA during the first semester of the scholarship, the recipient will receive another $500.00 for the second semester.

The mission of MVAS is to be a “conservation and natural history organization in southern New Mexico that promotes appreciation and conservation of birds, other wildlife, and habitat through environmental education, issue advocacy and natural history experiences”.