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!!


Birding ID Course!!

Scratching your head wondering what that yellow bird is in your tree?  Curious why your favorite birds are only here part of the year?  Mesilla Valley Audubon Society (MVAS) is offering a four-week beginners course to improve your birding skills as MVAS instructors guide you through various birding ID techniques.  You will be introduced to various field guides; IDing birds by shape, size and silhouettes; identify waterfowl & raptors; native plants that best attract birds to your yard; and more.  The course includes four field trips to local hot spots.  Join us to explore the wonderful world of birds!  The classroom portion of the course runs on Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30p.m., September 25 – October 6, 2017.  On the following Saturday after each class, a field trip will be conducted to a local hot spot for birding.

Classes will be held at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main Street, Las Cruces located in the downtown mall.

Cost if $40.00 for non-members and $30.00 for members of either National Audubon or the local MVAS chapter.  To enroll, mail a check to Mesilla Valley Audubon Society, PO Box 1645, Las Cruces, NM  88004.  Please note “Birding ID Course” in the memo section of the check.  For more information about the course, contact Wayne Treers (MVAS) at 575-528-8696 or email him at way1mike@yahoo.com.

October 2017 Field Trip

October 2017 Field Trip(s)
The October field trip will be a two-part Monarch Butterfly Survey & Tagging citizens science endeavor.  Steve Cary, who presented the March monthly program on Monarchs, will lead the group, starting at Placitas Arroyo above Hatch at 4:00pm Saturday, October 7, 2017.  Participants will leave Las Cruces at 2:00pm from the northeast corner of the K-Mart parking lot off of US 70 (the end closest to the Shell Station).  Carpooling will be arranged on site with an estimated return time of 8:00pm.Group size will be the first 12 people to sign up.Sunday’s outing will begin at 8:00am in the southern Las Cruces Dam parking lot.  The survey and tagging site is along the east side of the foot of the damn.  You can bring your own butterfly nets if you have them.  If not, some will be provided.

To sign up, please contact Mark Pendleton at mpndltn@gmail.com.  Please put MONARCHS in the email subject line.  You can also call him at (575) 635-8711.

Photo Submission Reminder

Photos submitted must have been taken in our local area, i.e. Sierra, Otero or Dona Ana counties only and during the past 12 months.  Our publications committee judges entries based on photo quality, subject interest and subject variety.  Please include the name of the species and the location of where the bird was photographed in your email.  Our newsletter editor makes the final selection for publication.  From these, one is chosen as the First Prize winner.

By submitting your photo you automatically grant MVAS publication rights for one year.  MVAS may use your photo in any of our publications, including newsletter and our annual calendar.  Photos should be submitted electronically as a high resolution jpg file to judi626@earthlink.net.

Mark Your Calendars

Aug 4 – 6, 2017

Mesilla Valley Audubon Society has been invited to participate in Old Lincoln Days.  Join the fun and head to this historic village for Billy the Kid reenactments, food, craft vendors, music, a guided bird hike and more.  If you want to help reserve our MVAS table, contact our president, Jennifer Montoya, at jatchley@zianet.com

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 http://www.audubon.org/magazine/spring-2017/meet-brave-bodyguards-protecting-belizes-scarlet.

MVAS Scholarship Winner

MVAS Scholarship winner is Tyler Wallin, a first year graduate student in NMSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology.   He came to NMSU from Southern Illinois and is working with Dr. Colleen Coldwell in the U.S.G.S. Cooperative Unit.  Wallin’s research focuses on critical habitat for fish species of special conservation concern to provide managers with the critical requirements for a stream to be a successful recovery habitat for the Gila Trout.  The MVAS scholarship committee received six proposals this year.  Wallin will collect data on population dynamics of four different Gila Trout populations using mark-recapture techniques to assess the long term viability of populations at these different sites.  Tyler will present his findings at a spring 2018 MVAS meeting.

2017 Lorraine Schulte Excellence in Teaching Awrd

Danielle Johnson, fourth and fifth grade teacher at Central Elementary School, has won this year’s Lorraine Schulte Excellence in Teaching Award.  The $300.00 annual award, now in it’s 20th year, recognizes a teacher for his/her efforts in teaching children to care for the environment.  Lorraine Schulte is a charter member of MVAS and coordinator for many years of Audubon Adventures, a creator of school or field based education program.  Congratulations Danielle!

May 2017 Field Trip

Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Broad Canyon Ranch
Broad Canyon Ranch is a great birding spot.  Through 2014, 208 species have been observed, including 47 species of concern in New Mexico.  The Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Common Ground Dove, Peregrine & Prairie Falcons, Lazuli & Painted Buntings, White-throated Swift, Dickcissel, Summer Tanager and Golden Eagle are a smattering of notable sightings.  Meet at the NW corner of the parking lot for K-Mart just off US70/N. Main at 6:15am to carpool at 6:30am to Broad Canyon Ranch which is about 10 miles north of Radium Springs on NM 185.