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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Education Happenings

Since agreeing to become the MVAS Education Chair at our February meeting, CJ Goin has been busy. During March and April, he led 9 educational programs, including several in partnership with NM State Parks and Audubon NM. The programs also included a presentation to the NMSU Wildlife Society and an introductory program about birds for a local group of American Heritage Girls.

CJ has also committed to helping with four more Audubon NM Programs before the end of the school year, so the first couple weeks of May will be busy for him as well.

If you are interested in helping CJ with these important outreach and educational events, contact him at 575-202-1354 or


Please click here to access the Wild Guide Hummingbird Supplement used in conjunction with Audubon Adventures.



One of the most important goals of any Audubon Society chapter is to foster environmental education.  Members of the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society are firmly committed to teaching children and adults the importance of appreciating nature, preserving our natural resources and protecting natural habitats.  Our MVAS board works very hard to fulfill this mission and are having a very positive effect on the growth of environmental awareness in the Las Cruces area.  Conservation and concern for wildlife are especially important in an environment as fragile as our Chihuahua Desert.  Through our education programs, Mesilla Valley Audubon Society feels that is building greater public awareness of our surroundings and of the value of preserving natural areas.  We are gratified to know that we are helping to increase our community’s respect for and apprecation of nature.  These are the highlights of MVAS’s ongoing educational projects.

Audubon Adventures:  Our most successful school program is Audubon Adventures which is currently made available through MVAS funding to 80+ fourth grade classrooms in the south central New Mexico area, including Las Cruces, White Sands, Alamogordo and Truth or Consequences.  Lorraine Schulte and her committee work diligently every year to supply this natural history curriculum to our school children.  MVAS also actively supports and contributes to the newly created New Mexico supplement, featuring birds and reptiles unique to our area.

Lorraine Schulte Excellence in Teaching Award:  Each spring, MVAS presents the Lorraine Schulte Excellence in Teaching Award to a local teacher, grades K-12, who exemplifies excellence in environmental education.

Beginning and Intermediate Bird Watching Courses:  If you are new to the area or just want to get acquainted with local birds and where to find them, this is the class for you!  You will learn to identify birds by their shapes, sizes, sounds, behaviors and habitat.  Classroom sessions will be led by expert birders who will also accompany the class on field trips.  Saturday field trips to local birding spots will reinforce concepts learned in classroom sessions.  Please check back to see the schedule for the Fall 2014 Bird ID Course.

Mesilla Valley Audubon Society Richard Bischoff Scholarship:  A scholarship awarded to an NMSU student studying biology or wildlife science.