6/6/2021:  Bird Walks are back!  Beginning the month of June, Mesilla Valley Audubon Society has restarted its tradition of bird walks for the general public as well as MVAS members.  Thanks to the generosity of Mark Pendleton we have four walks planned for this month.  Check it out.  This is a great time to go birding.

 

Ready for June? Here we go...

Tuesday, 8 June

La Mancha Wetlands

We'll meet at the parking lot by the Rio Grande at the west end of the Calle del Norte bridge — the bridge you cross just before turning down the road to the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park — at 8 a.m. La Mancha is about a mile north from there on the top of the levee. By then, water will have been in the rio for several days, so La Mancha may have some as well. 

Sign up by emailing or calling Mark Pendleton at mpndltn@gmail.com or 575.635.8711. If you use email, put "La Mancha Birdwalk" in the subject line. If Mark doesn't answer the phone, leave a voicemail message. Want to carpool? Email mesilleyaudubon@gmail.com and let us know you need a ride or are willing to give a lift to others. Please put "La Mancha Birdwalk carpool" in the subject line.

Note:  The next 3 bird walk start times have been changed to 7:00 a.m. to beat the heat!

Tuesday, 15 June

1. Calle del Norte bridge, and 2. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park

Meet at the new time (7 a.m.) and same place as above. We'll first look in the river there at the bridge and then proceed to MVBSP. A $5 per vehicle entry fee applies unless you have an annual day-use pass. By then, water should have been flowing for over a week and who knows what birds will show up! 

Sign up by emailing or calling Mark Pendleton at mpndltn@gmail.com or 575.635.8711. If you use email, put "MVBSP Birdwalk" in the subject line. If Mark doesn't answer, leave a voicemail message. Want to carpool? Email mesillavalleyaudubon@gmail.com and let us know you need a ride or are willing to give a lift to others. Please put "MVBSP Birdwalk carpool" in the subject line.

Tuesday, 22 June

Leasburg Dam State Park

Meet at the southern picnic area parking lot of the day-use (riverside) area (the entry road is just off Valley Dr.) at Leasburg Dam State Park at 7 a.m. A $5 per vehicle entry fee applies unless you have an annual day-use pass. 

Sign up by emailing or calling Mark Pendleton at mpndltn@gmail.com or 575.635.8711. If you use email, put "Leasburg Birdwalk" in the subject line. If Mark doesn't answer, leave a voicemail message. Want to carpool? Email mesillavalleyaudubon@gmail.com and let us know you need a ride or are willing to give a lift to others. Please put "Leasburg Birdwalk carpool" in the subject line.

Tuesday 29 June

Sagecrest Park and surrounding area

Meet at Sagecrest Park (Roadrunner Parkway at Frontier Drive) at 7 a.m. 

Sign up by emailing or calling Mark Pendleton at mpndltn@gmail.com or 575.635.8711. If you use email, put "Sagecrest Birdwalk" in the subject line. If Mark doesn't answer, leave a voicemail message. Want to carpool? Email mesillavalleyaudubon@gmail.com and let us know you need a ride or are willing to give a lift to others. Please put "Sagecrest Birdwalk carpool" in the subject line.

 

Call for Birdwalk Leader 2021

Are you an experienced birder? Do you enjoy sharing your enthusiasm for birding with others? You may be just the person for whom MVAS is searching!

MVAS is looking for an enthusiastic, experienced birder to lead birdwalks. The current birdwalks are full and we want to have alternatives for people who can’t enjoy them because of it.

If you’re interested, please email mpndltn@gmail.com or phone 575.635.8711. Please indicate your level of birding experience and why you want to lead MVAS birdwalks When emailing, put Birdwalk Leader in the subject line; if you receive no answer, please leave a voicemail message.

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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!