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Bird Walks

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  Any participant may have his/her name added to the eBird list if desired.

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park:  8:00 -10:00 AM.  1st Monday of the month.  Meet at the visitors center. Walk leader will be Danny Tipton

Tellbrook Park:  8:00 -10:00 AM.  Third Wednesday of the month.  Group Leader:  Linda Miller.  Meet at the park entrance. 

Sagecrest Park / East of Las Cruces Dam:  8:00 -10:00 AM.  2nd Saturday of the month.  Group leader: Johnathan Brooks.  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.


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. 


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 (Dona Ana, NM, US - eBird).

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