Archive for the ‘Programs’ Category

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.

October 2016 Program – JR Absher, A-Spear Ranch

Continuing our Autumn Program Series: Birding the Best of Southern New Mexico

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
JR Absher, Sierra County landowner  and journalist.
JR Absher, journalist and Sierra County landowner, will introduce us to the remarkable riparian area of Palomas Creek. His presentation on this hidden gem on a private ranch will not disappoint. A separate field trip to the area will follow on October 22.

September 2016 Program – “Skeeter” Giron, Leasburg Dam SP Manager

Continuing our Autumn Program Series: Birding the Best of Southern New Mexico

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
“Skeeter” Giron, Leasburg Dam State Park Manager
“Skeeter” Giron, Park Manager at Leasburg State Park, will give a presentation on the important bird habitat work they are doing at the park. MVAS Education Chair, CJ Goin, will also review some of the better sightings we’ve had there.

August 2016 Program – Jeff Steinborn, NM Wilderness Alliance

Welcome Back MVAS!!  Hope you have had a wonderful summer and have seen some interesting birds!!  Fall is right around the corner and with that, our Autumn Program Series: Birding the Best of Southern New Mexico, is ready to begin.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Jeff Steinborn, NM Wilderness Alliance
Jeff Steinborn of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, will update us on the status of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act, S. 3049, a wilderness bill introduced into Congress this year.