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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News Updates since last Roadrunner Ramblings Publication:
It's the most wonderful time of the year! (Unless you are assigned to count White-winged Doves...!)
There are three Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) in our area: Las Cruces (sponsored by MVAS), La Luz, and Caballo. Please join as many of them as you can!
What's a CBC, you ask? It's an annual citizen science tradition that is a fun and important all-day bird census. USFWS has a great explanation and history at fws.gov/story/tis-season-christmas-bird-count.
You don't need to be an expert birder to participate -- beginners are welcome! -- and the CBC coordinators will place you on a team.
The dates and contact information for each are below. PLEASE respond directly ASAP and no later than Dec. 1 to the contact to let them know you'd like to participate.
Las Cruces | Saturday, December 16
Mark Pendleton, email@example.com, 575.635.8711
Hillsboro | Thursday, December 21
Contact Kathleen Blair at Bluehare@citlink.net
La Luz | Saturday, December 23
John Douglas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 575 636-0266
Caballo | Saturday, December 30
Wayne Treers, email@example.com, 575.528.8696
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.