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2017-2018 Tellbrook Park Beginner Bird Walks

The Wednesday morning beginner bird walks continue.  Please click here to view the schedule of dates, times and contact information.

October 2017 Field Trip

October 2017 Field Trip(s)
The October field trip will be a two-part Monarch Butterfly Survey & Tagging citizens science endeavor.  Steve Cary, who presented the March monthly program on Monarchs, will lead the group, starting at Placitas Arroyo above Hatch at 4:00pm Saturday, October 7, 2017.  Participants will leave Las Cruces at 2:00pm from the northeast corner of the K-Mart parking lot off of US 70 (the end closest to the Shell Station).  Carpooling will be arranged on site with an estimated return time of 8:00pm.Group size will be the first 12 people to sign up.Sunday’s outing will begin at 8:00am in the southern Las Cruces Dam parking lot.  The survey and tagging site is along the east side of the foot of the damn.  You can bring your own butterfly nets if you have them.  If not, some will be provided.

To sign up, please contact Mark Pendleton at  Please put MONARCHS in the email subject line.  You can also call him at (575) 635-8711.

May 2017 Field Trip

Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Broad Canyon Ranch
Broad Canyon Ranch is a great birding spot.  Through 2014, 208 species have been observed, including 47 species of concern in New Mexico.  The Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Common Ground Dove, Peregrine & Prairie Falcons, Lazuli & Painted Buntings, White-throated Swift, Dickcissel, Summer Tanager and Golden Eagle are a smattering of notable sightings.  Meet at the NW corner of the parking lot for K-Mart just off US70/N. Main at 6:15am to carpool at 6:30am to Broad Canyon Ranch which is about 10 miles north of Radium Springs on NM 185.

March 2017 Fieldtrip

Saturday, March 18, 2017

We will explore some of the diverse habitat near the village of La Luz, north of Alamogordo.  Meet at the northwest corner of the K-Mart parking lot on Hwy 70 (closest to the Shell station) at 7:00 a.m.  Carpooling is encouraged for this all day trip.

February 2017 Fieldtrip

Saturday, February 18,  2017
Las Cruces citizen scientists will become part of the Great Backyard Bird Count conducted by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, by exploring the wetlands and other areas east of the Las Cruces Dam.  Meet at Sagecrest Park, 601 N. Roadrunner Parkway, at 7:00 a.m.

January 2017 Fieldtrip

Saturday, January 21, 2017


Waterfowl Identification Class Fieldtrip. Times and location (most likely Bosque del Apache NWR) to be announced at Jan 18 presentation.

December 2016 “Fieldtrip” – Annual Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 17, 2016


MVAS sponsored Christmas Bird Count of Las Cruces, including post-CBC celebration. Contact Wayne Treers coordinator and compiler at or (575)528-8696.

November 2016 Fieldtrip

Saturday, November 19, 2016 

Fieldtrip to Gardner Sod Farms, Santa Teresa, NM. Possible sightings include McCown’s Longspurs and other winter sparrows. Meet at Mesilla Town Hall, 2231 Avenida de Mesilla, at 7:00 a.m., to carpool to this great birding hotspot.

Fall 2016 Other Bird Watching Opportunities

Other Birdwatching Opportunities

MVAS Beginner Bird WalksMesilla Valley Audubon Society Beginner Bird Walks continue August 17 and run on the third Wednesday of every month. Future dates are September 21, October 19 and November 16, 2016. Don’t worry about reservations, just show up at 7:45 a.m. at the Tellbrook Park entrance, 4290 E. Winchester Road in Las Cruces. Birding will be done from the paved path that winds through the park, with short, optional excursions into the surrounding desert. Board member Wayne Treers is your guide (see Officers, Page 4).

Other Bird Walks
Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, Leasburg Dam State Park, and Percha Dam State Park frequently offer free bird walks on Saturday mornings. Consult the websites for these parks for specific dates and times.


October 2016 Field Trip – A-Spear Ranch southwest of T or C

A-Spear Ranch
Saturday, October 22, 2016We’re going to A-Spear Ranch ( on Las Palomas Creek southwest of T or C, NM. Meet at the K-Mart parking lot at 7:00AM.   This 60,000-acre ranch is a private wildlife preserve. You will not believe you’re in southern New Mexico when you see this place. Mr. J.R. Absher, one of the partners in the A-Spear, will be our October program presenter.  Ample water, insect repellent, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, a wide-brimmed hat and lunch & snacks are strongly suggested.