Field Trips and Bird Walks

Field Trips:

 February 2019
Take part in an International Citizen Science Event as birders of all ages count birds to help provide a snapshot of global bird distribution. Friday the 15th through Monday the18th is the Great Backyard Bird Count. Visit the official site of the count at gbbc.birdcount.org to find more information. On Saturday the 16th, we’ll meet at Sagecrest Park at the corner of Frontier Dr and Roadrunner Pkwy to spend an enjoyable morning of birding near the Las Cruces Dam. We’ll enter a list on the Great Backyard Bird Count site and encourage you to go birding at other times on this weekend and enter your sightings on the same site! Info: Mark Pendleton at mpndltn@gmail.com (GBBC in subject line) or 575.635.8711.

March 2019
On Saturday the 23rd, we’ll head to Deming for our field trip. Meet at 07:15 in the parking lot of Branigan Library (200 East Picacho Ave Las Cruces NM) to leave at 07:30. Be prepared to count raptors, especially on powerline poles along I-10, along the way. Birding hotspots in Deming include the Spring Canyon unit of Rock Hound State Park, the Mountain View Cemetery on the eastern side of town and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Spotting scopes will be particularly useful at the park and water treatment plant. If you have  NM State Parks Annual entrance pass, bring it along as well to save the $5.00 entrance fee. There are several good to great eating places in Deming also, and we’ll plan to stop at one for lunch. Info: Mark Pendleton at mpndltn@gmail.com (MVAS Deming Mar 2019 in subject line) or 575.635.8711.

APRIL 2019

To be determined (see Spring Roadrunner Ramblings).

Bird Walks:

Mesilla Valley Audubon Society sponsors bird walks throughout the month.  These are a fun, easy way to enjoy your hobby with other enthusiasts.  The birds change with the season, so returning to a spot you enjoyed previously makes perfectly good sense.

The list below includes our currently scheduled locations, with the dates for the upcoming three months.  You can “control click” or “tap “on the included web reference and be directed to the eBird.org web page that will have a list and pictures of the most recent birds seen as well as a Google map to help you find its location.  It allows you to come prepared!

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park.  Second Saturday of the month.  Meet at the park entrance at 8:00 AM.   CJ Goin is the guide.  Upcoming dates:  Feb 9, March 9, April 13.  eBird information:  https://ebird.org/hotspot/L280626

Tellbrook Park:  Although labeled as “Beginner’s Bird walks”, they are open to everybody.  Third Wednesday of the month.  Meet at the park entrance at 7:45 AM.  Wayne Treers is the guide.  Upcoming dates: Feb 13, March 13, April  20.  eBird information:    https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3980928

Leasburg Dam State Park:  Last Saturday of the month.  Meet at the main Visitor’s Center at 8:00 AM.  CJ Goin is the guide.  Upcoming dates:  January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27.  eBird information:  https://ebird.org/hotspot/L335262