Event Descriptions

Upcoming Events

November 2022

Nov 26:  8:00-10:00 AM, Leasburg Dam State Park.  Last Saturday of the month bird walk.  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. 

December 2022

December 5: 8:00-10:00 AM, Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park: 1st Monday of the month bird walk.  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.

 

Dec 10:  8:00-10:00 AM, Sagecrest Park / East of Las Cruces Dam:  2nd Saturday of the month bird walk.  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.

 

Dec14: Christmas Bird Count Preparation Program via Zoom  6:45 PM. Mark Pendleton presiding. MVAS members to receive assigned birding team and viewing location for December 17.

Dec 17: Christmas Bird Count Day —in the field, by assignment.  Member Teams to meet at assigned viewing areas.

Dec 21:  7:45-10:00 AM Tellbrook Park: Third Wednesday of the month bird walk.  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.

Dec 31:  8:00-10:00 AM, Leasburg Dam State Park.  Last Saturday of the month bird walk.  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. 

January 2023

January 2:  8:00-10:00 AM, Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park: 1st Monday of the month bird walk.  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.

Jan 9:  8:00-10:00 AM, Sagecrest Park / East of Las Cruces Dam:  2nd Saturday of the month bird walk.  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. 

January 7-8: Field Trip to Bosque del Apache to visit Festival of the Cranes and view all migrating birds.  Leader:  Jay Wilbur.  Details to follow, when available.

 

January 14  11:00 AM--3:00 PM:  Mesilla Valley Audubon Society Celebration at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. Ribbon cutting ceremony to transfer of bird blind built by MVAS to State Parks. Bird painting auction also scheduled. Bring your own lunch and enjoy seeing some old friends.    

Jan 18:  7:45-10:00 AM Tellbrook Park: Third Wednesday of the month bird walk.  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.

 

January 22:  Sunday.  Birds No Boys.  Bird walk for the girls.  Time and location and brunch spot to be determined.  Sponsors:  Elaine Stachera Simon, Kelley Boland.  Details to follow.

January 28:  8:00-10:00 AM, Leasburg Dam State Park.  Last Saturday of the month bird walk.  Group leader: To be determined.  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. 

***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.