MVAS Scheduled Bird Walks
These scheduled bird walks are designed for novice and experienced birders, so a knowledge of birds is not required. You don’t have to be an MVAS member to participate. Bring along snacks if you need them, and be sure to have enough water with you. MVAS asks participants to follow current U.S. Centers for Disease Control and local authorities’ guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19. New Mexico State Parks (Leasburg, Mesilla Valley Bosque) requires that groups using its facilities be limited to 10 people. You will be asked to sign an MVAS sign-up page before the walk begins. The group leader or his designee will keep a list of all birds identified during the walk and report it to eBird.com. Any participant may have his/her name added to the eBird list if desired.
Leasburg Dam State Park: 8:00-10:00 AM. Last Saturday of the month. Group leader: CJ Goin. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
Tellbrook Park: 7:45-10:00 AM. Third Wednesday of the month. Group Leader: Mark Pendleton. Meet at the park entrance. Contact Mark at email@example.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.
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.
Butterfly walks: During summer months CJ Goin leads walks to several locations that are known to attract a butterfly population. Details will be posted on the Calendar and Events pages when butterflies are in season.
Unscheduled bird walks:
Dona Ana County has many locations that are known for their bird populations and attract many naturalists. Please see the attached file for a description and map for 10 of these spots. 10 Birding Locations in Southern NM
For a longer list of “hotspots” and list of bird sightings, go to ebird.com (Dona Ana, NM, US - eBird).