5/1/2021:  The MVAS Board of Directors will address resuming chapter board walks at its next board meeting.  Our first priority will be to adhere to the public health policies in place as we resume prior activities.  Other considerations will be availability of leaders for bird walks and changes in the locals where we might schedule bird  walks on a recurring basis.  Resuming the old schedule will take time, especially since the hot summer months will soon confront us.

Happily, the New Mexico State Parks and Las Cruces City Parks and trails at Desert Peaks National Monument are open.  Individuals or small groups are encouraged to take advantage of this recent change!

The board of directors would appreciate MVAS member input.  The contact form below can be used to help guide us with your ideas on this topic as we go forward.  

 

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Information below related to past routines and changes put in place during the pandemic.  It is under review:

 

    Special Article 4/7/2020:

Birding in the Time of COVID-19 

Mark Pendleton, MVAS Vice-President 

    Scheduled MVAS bird walks

Due to Coronavirus concerns, Mesilla Valley Audubon Society is cancelling all chapter sponsored and scheduled bird walks until further notice.  The bird walks described below are currently on hold!

 

 

Mesilla Valley Audubon Society hosts bird walks throughout the year. Our bird walks include a group leader and usually two to ten others. The group leader is a chapter member who is chosen for his/her knowledge of local birds and experience with groups. The participants are of all skill levels and need not be Audubon or chapter members. These are a fun, easy way to enjoy your hobby with other enthusiasts. The birds change with the season, so returning to a spot you enjoyed previously makes perfectly good sense. 

The list below includes our currently scheduled locations for bird walks. MVAS has two week end and two week day bird walks per month.  Many enthusiasts like to prepare for their experience by checking with eBird.com to learn what birds are frequently seen at the walk location. Just click on the eBird links below for this information.

 

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park: Two bird walks are scheduled, one for week-day birders and one for week end birders.  On the first Wednesday of the month, Mark Pendleton will lead.  On the second Saturday of the month, Tom Johnson will lead. Both will start at 8:00 AM at the visitor's center. Check the website calendar and our Facebook page to confirm upcoming dates.  Recent species data:   Mesilla Valley eBird.org    

Tellbrook Park: Although labeled as beginners' bird walks, they are open to everybody and there's usually an interesting assortment of birds. Walks are on the third Wednesday of the month. Meet at the park entrance at 7:45 AM.  Wayne Treers is the guide.  Check the website calendar and our Facebook page to confirm upcoming dates. Recent species data:  Tellbrook Park eBird.org     

Leasburg Dam State Park:  Last Saturday of the month.  CJ Goin is the guide.  Meet at the main visitor's center at 8:00 AM. Check the website calendar and our Facebook page to confirm upcoming dates.  Recent species data:   Leasburg Dam State Park, eBird.org

 

If you are planning a bird walk on your own, eBird.org is a great starting point. eBird has identified multiple "hotspots" in Dona Ana County that serve as birding areas and are open to the public. By visiting eBird and searching hotspots in Dona Ana County, you can explore the birds found there and see pictures and bird descriptions to help with identification. Directions via Google Maps can be found there, too. Dona Ana County, eBird.org.

Always remember to dress appropriately for the season, wear sunscreen, and bring water with you. And don't forget to have enough gas in the car!