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Fall 2017 Programs


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tyler Rogers of the San Andres National Wildlife Refuge, will discuss the work being done on the Rio Grande floodplain that benefits bird habitats.  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with private and state landowners, has enhanced habitat from Leasburg to Las Cruces.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Movie night features the 2003 award-winning documentary, “Winged Migration”.  The movie was filmed over the course of four years on all seven continents using in-flight cameras, so that viewers appear to be flying alongside birds of successive species, especially Canada geese.  They traverse every kind of weather, covering vast distances in a flight for survival.  This spectacular film follows all manner of avifauna through their miraculous journets.  Hot toddies and popcorn will make this a perfect winter outing.  All meetings begin at 7:00PM with a social hour at 6:30PM.  This is also our annual meeting and officer elections.


Membership meetings and programs are held the third Wednesday of each month at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall.  Join us at 6:30pm  for a social gathering.  Programs begin at 7:00pm immediately following the business meeting and announcements.  Questions?  Contact Jennifer Montoya at 526-1320.

October 2017 Program

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Planting Your Own Backyard Habitats.

Community favorite, Jackye Meineke, will discuss the basics of plantings that can benefit birds in your own yard.  Now retired from her successful career in the gardening business (remember Enchanted Gardens?), Jackye has a wealth of experience that she will share with us.  Come with questions, leave with answers.  Gatherings begin with a meet-and-greet at 6:30 pm and the program starts at 7:00pm.

September 2017 Program

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Back by popular demand!!  Nirmal Khandan, MVAS member and self-taught photographer, will share more of his favorite photos with us.  His wide-ranging subject matter spans animals and plants from around the globe.  Khandan, as he is known, takes breath-taking photos.  You won’t want to miss this!!


May 2017 Program

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Las Cruces’ very own Charles Britt, recently featured in Audubon magazine, will give a presentation on the importance of Central American forests and the species that depend on them.  Britt will discuss his conversation work with Scarlet Macaw and Yellow-headed Parrot populations.  A professional wildlife biologist and graduate of NMSU, Britt is co-founder of the Belize Bird Conservancy.  Check out the article at

April 2017 Program

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Matt Boggie, NMSU PhD student in biology, wil speak on Greater Sandhill Cranes in New Mexico.  Matt is our 2016 recipient of the Richard Bischoff scholarship.  He is studying the winter habitat conditions and survival along the Rio Grande.

March 2017 Program

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Steve Carey, long-time friend of MVAS and retired from NM State Parks, will give us a presentation on Monarch Butterflies and the importance of documenting their presence in southern New Mexico.  Steve will recruit volunteers for Monarch surveys.  Training at a subsequent workshop will be provided.

February 2017 Program

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dr. Kathryn Stoner, Department Head of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at NMSU, will discuss the amazing lives of bats.  Learn about the importance of the nectarivorous bats and their role in pollination in our region.

January 2017 Program

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waterfowl Identification Class open to MVAS members only. Slide presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at SWEC. Contact Jay Wilbur at or (512)632-4196.

December 2016 Program

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Pre-Christmas Bird Count Coordination Meeting. Location is SWEC. Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., with snacks and setup at 6:30 p.m.

November 2016 Program

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mara Weisenberger, Wildlife Biologist at San Andres National Wildlife Refuge, will give us a special presentation on her bird banding project in the refuge. Get a glimpse into the heart of  this little known desert mountain range and the incredible birdlife it hosts. Location is the Southwest Environmental Center (SWEC), 275 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. Program starts at 7:00 p.m., with snacks and setup at 6:30 p.m.