October 2017 Events/Announcements

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with the BLM-LC District at the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument.

5:00pm Marcy Scott, author of Hummingbird Plants of the Southwest and “a birder, botanizer, former wildlife rehabilitator and garden consultant” and co-founder of the Robledo Vista Nursery.  She will talk about the hummingbirds of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and answer many of your bird or plant related questions.

6:00pm A short 1-1.5 mile hike on La Cueva Trail to look for birds that appear at dusk with C.J. Goin, an expert birder of southern New Mexico.  Please bring binoculars if you have them.  There will be some available on loan.  Flashlights are optional.

Meet at the Dripping Springs A.B. Cox Visitor Center.  Feel free to bring your dinner or snacks, hydration and wear layers in case of chilly temperatures.  $5.00 day use fee for Dripping Springs but events are provided at no additional cost.

Wednesday, October 11 and October 25, 2017

A History of Nature and Man at Leasburg Dam State Park

Please join Leasburg Dam State Park staff for a guided, moderate 2 mile hike and experience the diverse environments, wildlife and geothermal springs and the fall weather while learning about the different Chihuahuan Desert Plants and peoples that have made this area their home over the centuries.  Bring water shoes if you wish to experience the hot springs.  For directions, including a park map, visit http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/leasburgdamstatepark.html.  There is a $5.00 per car admission fee.  Event is free with paid camping permit.  For more information, contact Alex Mares at 575-524-4068 or email him at alex.mares@state.nm.us.


October 2017 Meeting/Field Trip Reminders


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Jackye Meineke, retired owner of Enchanted Gardens, will discuss the basics of plantings that can benefit birds in your own yard.  Our social meet and greet begins @ 6:30pm followed by the program at 7:00pm.  We meet at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 Downtown Mall in Las Cruces.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Beginner Bird Walk (every 3rd Wednesday of each month) at Tellbrook Park, 4290 E. Winchester Rd., Las Cruces.

Saturday/Sunday October 7 & 8, 2017

Monarch Butterfly Survey and Tagging

Netting and tagging Monarch Butterflies with expert Steve Cary of Santa Fe who will provide nets & tags, and conduct a short how-to session each day.  SATURDAY 10/7 meet at the NE end of the parking lot for K-Mart just off US 70 at 2pm to carpool to Placita Arroyo (north of Hatch) and return by 8pm.  SUNDAY 10/8 meet at the south parking area of the Las Cruces Dam at 8:00am.  The survey and tagging site is along the foot of the dam on the east side of the dam.

To sign up or if you have questions, contact Mark Pendleton at 575-635-8711 or mpndltn@gmail.com putting “Butterfly Question” in the subject line


Monarch Butterfly Survey and Tagging

2017-2018 Tellbrook Park Beginner Bird Walks

The Wednesday morning beginner bird walks continue.  Please click here to view the schedule of dates, times and contact information.

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.