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**February 2018 Field Trip TOMORROW**

Hello all,
Hope that some of you can join us for the MVAS February Field Trip this Saturday! Details:What: Mesilla Valley Audubon Society (MVAS) Monthly Fieldtrip;
When: Meet at 06:45 hrs. on Saturday February 17th
, 2018
Sagecrest Park, Las Cruces NM (corner of Roadrunner Parkway and Frontier Drive) to bird east of the Las Cruces Dam.
Who: You do not
need to be an MVAS member to participate, but size is limited to 20 persons.
Details: This is part of the Great Backyard Bird Count ( on February 16-19. We also encourage you to go to the Great Backyard Bird Count website to discover how you can participate further!
Contact/Sign-up: Mark Pendleton (MVAS Fieldtrip in Subject Line, please) or 575.635.8711

Mark Pendleton
Board Member

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Climate Watch Coordinator
Fieldtrip Coordinator
Mesilla Valley Audubon Society
Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

Winter 2017 Field Trips

November 14 – 19, 2017

As we have for the past several years, MVAS encourages folks to attend the Festival of the Cranes at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in San Antonio, NM (south of Socorro) for the November field trip.  Register now as accomodations fill up quickly.  Dates are Tuesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 19, 2017.  This is an opportunity to see some spectacular flocks of ducks, geest and cranes as well as other wildlife.  Visit for information.

December 16, 2017

Saturday December 16, 2017 from sunrise to sunset is the 43rd annual Las Cruces Christmas Bird Count.  Take part in one of the longest running Citizen Science events going!  There are 13 teams of birders that cover the 15 mile diameter Count Circle.  To participate, contact Wayne Treers at or 575-528-8696.

January 2018 TBD
Watch your email for more details.  We are currently discussing destinations and will announce it when the location is finalized.  To receive MVAS birding and meeting notices, make sure that Judy Wilbur ( and/or Mark Pendleton ( have your email address and phone number for contact information.
Questions about field trips? Contact or 575.635.8711. Mark Pendleton

Other Birdwatching Opportunities

MVAS Beginner Bird Walks It’s been one year since we started the monthly Beginner Birdwalks at Tellbrook Park in Las Alturas.  We will be continuing the walks the third Wednesday of each month (the morning of the monthly MVAS programs).  To view the 2017-2018 schedule of dates, click here. We hope to see you there!!

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.


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.