The Mesilla Valley Audubon Society (MVAS) is a 501(c)(3) conservation and natural history organization based in southern New Mexico, and is a chapter of the National Audubon Society. It serves communities in Doña Ana, Otero, and Sierra counties and aims to promote the appreciation and conservation of birds and other wildlife. A priority is to protect wildlife and bird habitats through environmental education, issue advocacy, and natural history experiences.
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Fall migration in Doña Ana County is one of the best tmes to see birds passing through on their way to their wintering grounds! Join us for our September bird (and a butterfly!) walk series — BIRD-A-PALOOZA!
All walks are beginner friendly—no previous experience required!
No charge for bird walks, but some locations have a vehicle/entrance fee.
Birds are best enjoyed with binoculars, and we’ll have loaner “bins” available for those who need them.
Because of the quiet nature of bird walks, they may not be appropriate for children younger than 10.
Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring your own water and snacks.
Saturday, September 2 | 7:15 a.m. – about 9:30 a.m. | Dripping Springs Natural Area Meet at the visitor center at 7:15 a.m. There is a $5 day use (vehicle) fee at Dripping Springs unless you have an appropriate federal lands pass. Your walk leader is Wayne Treers.
Monday, September 4 | 8 a.m. – about 10:15 a.m. | Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park Meet at the visitor center at 8 a.m. There is a $5 day use (vehicle) fee at MVBSP unless you have a state parks annual pass. Your walk leader is Danny Tipton.
Saturday, September 9 | 8 a.m. – about 10:15 a.m. | Sagecrest Park Sagecrest Park is at Roadrunner and Frontier. Meet at the park entrance on Frontier at 8 a.m. Your walk leader is Jonathan Brooks.
Saturday, September 16 | WOMEN ONLY | 7:30 a.m. – about 9:45 a.m. Sagecrest Park - Sagecrest Park is at Roadrunner and Frontier. Meet at the park entrance on FronTer at 7:30 a.m. Your walk leaders are Elaine Simon and Linda Miller.
Wednesday, September 20 | 8 a.m. – about 10:15 a.m. | Tellbrook Park (4290 Winchester Road) Meet at the park entrance at 8 a.m. Your walk leader is Mark Pendleton.
Saturday, September 23 | BUTTERFLY WALK| 8:30 a.m. – about 10:45 a.m. | Dripping Springs Natural Area Meet at the visitor center at 8:30 a.m. No day use fee today at Dripping Springs in celebration of National Public Lands Day! Your walk leader is Rob Wu.
Saturday, September 30 | SPANISH/ENGLISH| 8 a.m. – about 10:15 a.m. | Leasburg Dam State Park Meet at the visitor center at 8 a.m. There is a $5 day use (vehicle) fee at Leasburg Dam SP unless you have a state parks annual pass. Your walk leaders are Dylan Osterhaus and Star Posada.
Although unlikely, walk details are subject to change. The latest information will be posted on our web page (mvasaudubon.org/calendar) and Facebook page (facebook.com/MesillaValleyAudubonSociety/).
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MVAS is headquartered in Las Cruces, and its main activities are in Doña Ana County, with frequent field trips across southern New Mexico and El Paso County in Texas. Common birding areas include at least a dozen eBird.org hotspots within the city of Las Cruces and along the Rio Grande. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park and Leasburg Dam State Park are exceptional areas. To the east of the Rio Grande and City of Las Cruces, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument offers an entirely different habitat that is home to a different range of bird species.