MVAS Calendar: February, March, and April 2019

 February 2019

Sat, Feb 9:  Bird walk at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park.  Meet at 8:00 AM, Visitors’ Center.

Sat, Feb 16Field trip is Great Backyard Bird Count at Sagecrest Park/Las Cruces Dam with Mark Pendleton.  Meet at park entrance (see Field Trips)

Wed, Feb 20:  Bird walk.  Beginning Birding at Tellbrook Park 7:45 AM. Wayne Treers is your guide

Wed, Feb 20Monthly MVAS Meeting 6:30 PM Meet&Greet, 7:00 PM Business. Mayra Weisenberger on bird banding and her book on the first bird surveys in NM.

Sat, Feb 23:  Bird walk at Leasburg Dam State Park.  Meet at 8:00 AM, Visitors’ Center.

 

March 2019

Sat, March 9.  Bird walk at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park.  Meet at 8:00 AM, Visitors’ Center.

Wed, March 20: Bird walk.  Beginning Birding at Tellbrook Park 7:45 AM. Wayne Treers is your guide.

Wed, March 20:  Monthly MVAS Meeting 6:30 PM Meet&Greet, 7:00 PM Business.  Speaker:  – Kristie of Wild Birds Unlimited to give presentation on hummers and attracting them to backyard feeders.

Sat, March 23Field trip to Deming to check out birding hot spots there.  Meet at 7:15 AM at Brannigan Library for carpooling. (see Field Trips)

Sat, March 30 :  Bird walk at Leasburg Dam State Park.  Meet at 8:00 AM, Visitors’ Center.

 

April 2019

Sat, April 13.  Bird walk at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park.  Meet at 8:00 AM, Visitors’ Center.

Wed, April 17: Bird walk.  Beginning Birding at Tellbrook Park 7:45 AM. Wayne Treers is your guide.

Wed, April 17:  Monthly MVAS Meeting 6:30 PM Meet&Greet, 7:00 PM Business.  Speaker:  Awards presentations and more

Sat, April 27:  Bird walk at Leasburg Dam State Park.  Meet at 8:00 AM, Visitors’ Center.

April Field Trip:  to be determined.

Schedule Events for December 2018 and January 2019

December 2018

Saturday, Dec 8: Bird Walk. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. Meet at 8:00AM at the Visitor’s Center. CJ Goin is your guide.
Thursday, Dec 13: Monthly meeting. Discuss Christmas Bird Count, MVAS election nominations (NOTE CHANGE IN DATE!)
Saturday, Dec 15: Field Event. CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT. See details under Field Trip section
Wednesday, Dec 19: Bird Walk. Beginning Birding at Tellbrook Park 7:45AM. Wayne Treers is your guide.
No last Saturday birdwalk at Leasburg Dam State Park this month.

January 2019

Saturday, Jan 12: Bird Walk. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. Meet at 8:00AM at the Visitor’s Center. CJ Goin is your guide.
Wednesday, Jan 16: Bird Walk. Beginning Birding at Tellbrook Park 7:45AM. Wayne Treers is your guide.
Wednesday, Jan 16: Monthly MVAS Meeting. 6:30PM @ Southwest Environmental Center. Annual Officers/Board election. Guest presentation by Wyatt Egelhoff who will speak on Alaska Seabird Research Adventures.
Saturday, Jan 19: Field Trip. Rio Bosque Wetlands Park in El Paso. Leave from Pan-Am Plaza at 6:45AM. More details in Field Trip section.
Saturday, Jan 30: Bird Walk. Leasburg Dam State Park, meet at the Visitor’s Center at 8:00AM. CJ Goin is your guide.

Lorraine Schulte.

Mesilla Valley Audubon Society is sad to announce that one of it’s Charter Members, Lorraine Schulte, passed away Friday, November 2, 2018.  Lorraine was one of several who started the local Mesilla Valley Audubon Chapter.  She was an avid birdwatcher and strong advocate for environmental education.  Audubon Adventures, a special bird/nature educational tool for 4th graders, was one of her great passions.  She was happy to host many an annual potluck at her home and was a wonderful mentor to many new birders.  At this time, we do not have any service information.

October, November, December 2018 Event highlights

OCTOBER 2018

Wednesday, October 17:  Bird Walk.  Beginning Bird Walk at Tellbrook Park, 7:45 AM.  Wayne Treers to guide.

Wednesday, October 17:  Monthly MVAS Meeting.  Screening of the movie “The Big Year” with Meet and Greet starting at 6:30 PM and movie at 7:00 PM. (see Fall Monthly Meetings). Meet at SW Environmental Center.

Saturday, October 20:  Field trip.  Percha Dam State Park.  Meet at 6:00 AM at old Kmart parking lot (off HWY 70) to carpool.

Saturday, October 27:  Bird Walk.  Leasburg Dam State Park.  Meet at visitor’s center at 8:00 AM.  CJ Goin to guide.

NOVEMBER 2018

Saturday, November 10:  Bird Walk.  Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park.  Meet at visitor’s center at 8:00 AM.  CJ Goin to guide.

Wednesday, November 21:  Bird Walk.  Beginning Bird Walk at Tellbrook Park, 7:45 AM.  Wayne Treers to guide.

Wednesday, November 21:  Monthly MVAS Meeting.  Bird ID presentation for upcoming field trip to Bosque del Apache.  Meeting starts at 6:30 PM at SW Environmental Center.

Saturday, November 24.  Bird Walk.  Leasburg Dam State Park.  Meet at visitor’s center at 8:00 AM.  CJ Goin to guide.

Saturday, November 24.  Field Trip.  Bosque del Apache NWR.  See details under Field Trips.

DECEMBER 2018

Saturday, December 8.  Bird Walk.  Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park.  Meet at visitor’s center at 8:00 AM.  CJ Goin to guide.

Wednesday, December 12.  Monthly MVAS Meeting (NOTICE - THIS MEETING IS THE 2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH!!!).  Discuss arrangements for annual Christmas Bird Count and nominations for MVAS officer/board election in January.

Saturday, December 15.  Annual Christmas Bird Count.  See details in newsletter.

Wednesday, December 19.  Bird Walk.  Beginning Bird Walk at Tellbrook Park, 7:45 AM.  Wayne Treers to guide.

Saturday, December 29.  Bird Walk.  Leasburg Dam State Park.  Meet at visitor’s center at 8:00 AM.  CJ Goin to guide.

 

Photo Submission Reminder

Photos submitted for publication in this newsletter must have been taken locally in either Dona Ana, Sierra, or Otero counties during the past 12 months.  Our publications committee judges entries based on photo quality, subject interest and subject variety.  When submitting a photo, please include the name of the bird and the location of where the photo was taken.  The newsletter editor makes the final selection for publication.  All published photos will automatically appear in the annual MVAS calendar.

By submitting your photo you automatically grant the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society publication rights for one year.  MVAS may use your photo in any of our publications including newsletters and our annual calendar.

Photos should be submitted electronically as a high resolution .jpg file to Judi Schultz at judi626@earthlink.net.

2017 Christmas Bird Count Summary

13 teams of birders with 48 participants took part of the LC 43rd Christmas Bird Count.  People covered the 15 mile diameter circle from sunrise to sunset with pleasant weather (unlike last year’s wind!).

The total bird count was 32,259 which is average for this area (last year’s count was 19,959).  The total species count was 132 which is second only to 1996 count of 139.  Last year’s count was 101.

Eight unusual or rare birds identified included Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Turkey Vulture, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cave Swallow, Pygmy Nuthatch and Black-throated Gray Warbler.

The White-winged Dove count was down 1,273 to 6,205, the American Crow count was up 3,822 to 7,951.  Surprisingly, we had a count of 833 Eurasion-collard Doves which is more than double from last year.  This dove first started appearing in the CBC count in 2004 and have slowly been increasing in numbers.

The 2017 CBC had 14 high counts (nine were records and two tied the record high).  Planning and compilation of CBC details are gratefully performed by Board Member Wayne Treers.

Newsletter Changes

Starting with the Spring 2018 issues, the MVAS will distribute the quarterly “Roadrunner Ramblings” newsletter electronically to all members via our mailing lists.  If you have been receiving the newsletter by mail, continue receiving the publications by providing your email address to the chapter.  The chapter is looking for ways to reduce expenses and the printing and mailing of newsletters is the biggest expense in the budget.  One of the major benefits will be having more funds for scholarships, awards and education.  You can contact Judy Wilbur at jkwilbur@gmail.com to provide your email address or if you have any questions regarding this change.  Thank you for your continuing support of our activites.

2018 Officers Elected

The MVAS membership elected 2018 officers at the annual meeting in January.  The slate still has some openings for volunteers to help lead this busy and vibrant chapter.

President - open
Vice President - open
Secretary - Aaron Lucas
Treasurer - Diana Moore

Re-elected board members include Wayne Treers, Mark Pendelton, CJ Goin, Gill Sorg and Jay Wilbur.  John Douglas was newly elected.  The board is actively seeking nominations for the open positions, which will rotate among current board members for the time being.  Please contact secretary Aaron Lucas at allucasaz@mac.com with nominations.

April 2018 Field Trip

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mark this date for a visit to Percha Dam State Park, one of New Mexico’s better birding spots, 45 minutes from Las Cruces on I-25.  The group will leave at 7:15am from the old K-Mart parking lot (NE corner next to the gas station) off of Hwy 70.  Bring a NM State Parks day pass if you have one.  Carpooling will be available.  Some of the wildlife highlights observed at Percha are Osprey, Vermilion Flycatcher and Eastern Phoebe.  Unusual sightings in the past have included Great Kiskadee and Carolina Wren.  Contact Mark Pendleton for all trips (575-635-8700/mpndlt@gmail.com).

March 2018 Field Trip

Saturday, March 24, 2108

See why the Sandhill Arroyo/North LC Park is a premier local birding area.  Meet at 7:30am at our fearless guides’s home, Mark Pendleton at 4186 Seneca Drive, Las Cruces, to start walking the arroyo.  Public facilities and beverages are available.  The morning includes an easy walk in the sand and on some road surfaces.