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.