Sri Lanka Birding Trip

Dr. Nirmala Khandan, Professor of Environmental Engineering at NMSU, is planning an eight day photo expedition to his native Sri Lanka in August 2017.  The small tropical island has 33 endemic birds and more than 220 breeding species.  This expedition will focus on birds and wildlife during a full day trek through the Sinharaja Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site which harbors 30 of the endemic species and safaris in three National Wildlife Parks.

Participants in this private small group expedition will share the total costs equally.  Prof. Khandan welcomes members of MVAS to this unique opportunity.  For more information, contact him at (575) 520-0004 or via email at  Khandan is a member of both MVAS and the Dona Ana Photography Club.

LC Christmas Bird Count

The 2016 annual bird count on December 17, 2016 is one to remember!  Birds were observed and counted as usual despite the horrible weather conditions.  Our intrepis 13 teams of citizen scientists suffered winds of 40 mph with gusts of 60 mph, dust and sand clouds including bouts of rain on and off during the day.  Meanwhile, the birds were smart enough to “hunker down” in bushes and trees.  The local teams counted a total of 19,959 birds, a third less than last year’s 33,770.

March 2017 Fieldtrip

Saturday, March 18, 2017

We will explore some of the diverse habitat near the village of La Luz, north of Alamogordo.  Meet at the northwest corner of the K-Mart parking lot on Hwy 70 (closest to the Shell station) at 7:00 a.m.  Carpooling is encouraged for this all day trip.

February 2017 Fieldtrip

Saturday, February 18,  2017
Las Cruces citizen scientists will become part of the Great Backyard Bird Count conducted by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, by exploring the wetlands and other areas east of the Las Cruces Dam.  Meet at Sagecrest Park, 601 N. Roadrunner Parkway, at 7:00 a.m.

Annual Election Results

The MVAS annual election of Officers and Directors was held January 18, 2017.  Officers re-elected for 2017 are President Jennifer Montoya, Vice-President Ken Stinnett, Secretary Jay Wilbur and Treasurer Diane Moore.  Re-elected to the Board of Directors for 2017-2019 are C.J. Goin and Mark Pendleton, Directors Judi Schultz, Aaron Lucas, Gill Sorg, and Wayne Treers continue in on-going terms.  MVAS leadership contact information is listed on our website,

April 2017 Program

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Matt Boggie, NMSU PhD student in biology, wil speak on Greater Sandhill Cranes in New Mexico.  Matt is our 2016 recipient of the Richard Bischoff scholarship.  He is studying the winter habitat conditions and survival along the Rio Grande.

March 2017 Program

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Steve Carey, long-time friend of MVAS and retired from NM State Parks, will give us a presentation on Monarch Butterflies and the importance of documenting their presence in southern New Mexico.  Steve will recruit volunteers for Monarch surveys.  Training at a subsequent workshop will be provided.

February 2017 Program

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dr. Kathryn Stoner, Department Head of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at NMSU, will discuss the amazing lives of bats.  Learn about the importance of the nectarivorous bats and their role in pollination in our region.

2016 Christmas Bird Count Data

The final tally is in from the 2016 MVAS Christmas Bird Count.  Please click the link below to review the final data compiled and submitted by Wayne Treers.

Dec2016 Christmas Bird Count Data

January 2017 Fieldtrip

Saturday, January 21, 2017


Waterfowl Identification Class Fieldtrip. Times and location (most likely Bosque del Apache NWR) to be announced at Jan 18 presentation.