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Event Descriptions

Upcoming Events

March

3/15/2023:  Zoom Program. 6:30 PM  Dylan Osterhaus reporting on his trips to Panama and Costa Rica. Zoom doors open at 6:30 p.m. for "Meet and Greet", program begins promptly at 7 p.m.  Zoom details to be sent via e-mail.

 

3/15/2023 Bird Walk. Tellbrook Park:  7:45-10:00 AM.  Third Wednesday of the month.  Group Leader:  Mark Pendleton.  Meet at the park entrance. Contact Mark at mpndltn@gmail.com (please put 3rd Wednesday bird walk in the subject line) or call 575.635.8711 at lest 3 days before the event to let him know you are coming.

3/25/2023 Bird Walk. Leasburg Dam State Park:  8:00-10:00 AM.  Last Saturday of the month.  Group leader: Dylan Osterhaus.  Meet at the park visitor’s Center at 8:00 AM and plan to carpool to the picnic area on the Rio Grande.  Walk the Mogollon Trail for approximately one mile.  Return to picnic area via upper road or trail. 

3/26/2023 Mindful BirdingWorkshop #1, Sunday, March 26, 8-10 a.m.: Birding as Meditation (Ice Canyon, Dripping Springs Natural Area).  In the peaceful Ice Canyon area (not normally open to the public) of Dripping Springs Natural Area we will experience a guided meditation, learn some meditation techniques, and open our senses to take in the bird sights and sounds. Our time in the Ice Canyon area will be followed by a mindful slow birding walk to La Cueva or some other short (approximately one-mile) trail. Meet in front of the visitor center. Regular parking fee ($5) applies unless you have a BLM day-use or other applicable pass. All workshops will be led by Holly Thomas, Ph.D. Holly is a certified yoga and meditation teacher.

April

Date and details TBD: James Lee | The Reintroduction of the White-tailed Ptarmigan to Northern New Mexico

4/2/2023  Sunday.  8:00-9:00AM.  Sagecrest Park clean-up.  Every 6 weeks MVAS has committed to keeping Sagecrest litter free.  Join other birders to make this happen.  Supplies provided by MVAS.

4/3/2023 Bird Walk. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park:  8:00-10:00 AM.  1st Monday of the month.  Meet at the visitors center. Walk leader will be Mark Pendleton. Contact Mark at mpndltn@gmail.com (please put 1st Monday bird walk in the subject line) or call 575.635.8711 by the preceding Friday to let him know you are coming.

4/8/2023 Bird Walk. Saturday. Sagecrest Park / East of Las Cruces Dam:  8:00-10:00 AM.  2nd Saturday of the month.  Group leader:  Joel Gilb.  Meet at Sagecrest Park by the MVAS “Keep the Park Beautiful” sign. The group will proceed to the trail leading west.  See below (photo and text).

4/15/2023, Saturday, Reception from 1:30PM -3:30 PM for a photography exhibit at NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.  The exhibit, titled "Grace in Motion", features 36 photos by Nirmal Khandan highlighting the mutualism between hummingbirds and flora of the region. After the initial reception on Sunday, the exhibit will continue in place until July 30, 2023.

4/16/2023 Minduful Body Workshop #2, Sunday April 16, 8-10 a.m.:  Birding and Mindful Movement (Leasburg Dam State Park).  At Leasburg Dam State Park we will begin our birding outing at the south day-use picnic area by first sharing some mindful movement (yoga poses that require no yoga mat, special yoga clothes, or getting down on the ground). We will then take a walk to the north picnic area along the Mogollon Trail, birding mindfully along the way. There we'll share some more mindful movements designed particularly for birders to address problem areas like necks, wrists, lower back. We will bird our way along the road back to the south day-use picnic area to conclude the outing. Meet at the south day-use picnic area from the entrance alongside Valley Road (not at the main entrance to the Park). Regular parking fee ($5) applies unless you have a State Parks Annual Pass. All workshops will be led by Holly Thomas, Ph.D. Holly is a certified yoga and meditation teacher.

4/19/2023 Bird Walk. Tellbrook Park:  7:45-10:00 AM.  Third Wednesday of the month.  Group Leader:  Mark Pendleton.  Meet at the park entrance. Contact Mark at mpndltn@gmail.com (please put 3rd Wednesday bird walk in the subject line) or call 575.635.8711 at lest 3 days before the event to let him know you are coming.

4/29/2023 Bird Walk. Leasburg Dam State Park:  8:00-10:00 AM.  Last Saturday of the month.  Group leader: Dylan Osterhaus.  Meet at the park visitor’s Center at 8:00 AM and plan to carpool to the picnic area on the Rio Grande.  Walk the Mogollon Trail for approximately one mile.  Return to picnic area via upper road or trail. 

4/30/2023 Mindful Birding Workshop #3, Sunday, April 30, 8-10 a.m.:  Birding and Nature Journaling and Sketching (Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park). We will meet at the lovely Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park and take a short mindful birding walk then return to the tables, arbors, and feeders near the visitor center for a shared experience journaling or sketching, exploring the connection between inner and outer nature. Please bring your own sketchbook, journal, and whatever writing implement or art supplies you like. We'll meet outside the visitor center. Regular parking fee ($5) applies unless you have a State Parks Annual Pass. All workshops will be led by Holly Thomas, Ph.D. Holly is a certified yoga and meditation teacher.

***Keep Las Cruces Beautiful, Adopt-A-Spot***

Initiated in July, 2020, “Keep Las Cruces Beautiful, Adopt a Spot is continuing at 6 week intervals on Sunday mornings, beginning at 8:00 AM at Sagecrest Park. It began with Mesilla Valley Audubon Society volunteering to work with the Parks Department of the City of Las Cruces to help with their Keep Las Cruces Beautiful program.  It provides us with an opportunity to help with community efforts at a regular interval and to show our appreciation for all the work that our civic employees do.  After cleaning up the park (usually it is easily completed), participants frequently extend their stay with an informal group bird walk at the same location.  

Sagecrest Park is located at 601 N. Roadrunner Parkway at the intersection of Roadrunner and Frontier Drive.

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