editor’s notes: Traditionally during the months of June and July there are no scheduled bird walks in Dona Ana County for MVAS. If there are changes to this routine, or if the board is able to schedule a ZOOM meeting, they will be publicized via emails to members and on the Calendar and Activities pages of the MVAS website.
May 2: Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park: Bird walk. 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.
May 7: Sagecrest Park / East of Las Cruces Dam: Bird walk. 7:30-10:00 AM. 2nd Saturday of the month. Group leader: Tom Johnson. Meet at Sagecrest Park by the MVAS “Keep the Park Beautiful” sign. The group will proceed to the trail leading west.
May 8: Global Big Day. Be a part of birding’s biggest team! Global Big Day is an annual celebration of the birds around you. No matter where you are, join us virtually on 8 May, help celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, and share the birds you find with eBird. For details, ebird.org/globalbigday
May 14: Percha Dam Bird Walk. The Percha Dam birding area is one of the most interesting birding locations along our section of the Rio Grande. The plan for this field trip/bird walk is to meet at the old K-Mart parking lot at 6:30 AM to carpool north. (for newcomers, the Old K-Mart was on North Telshor, just beyond SAM’S and the Telshor 12 Movie Theater. Access to the parking lot is available from North Telshor or the offramp of I-10 as it heads to Bataan Memorial East frontage road). All those interested should contact Mark at email@example.com or call 575-635-8711 to let him know they are coming.
May 18: Tellbrook Park: Bird Walk. 7:45-10:00 AM. Third Wednesday of the month. Group Leader: Mark Pendleton. Meet at the park entrance. Contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
May 18: Wednesday. May monthly program. Zoom doors open at 6:30pm for meet 'n greet and the program will start promptly at 7pm.
NMSU student Abril Avila Enriquez will present on her research on the American Kestrel. Abril is working under the supervision of Dr. Martha Desmond to study their use of nest boxes, nest survival, and productivity. This is a multi-year project that will include reproduction research in both greenspaces and agricultural areas. For ZOOM permissions, email email@example.com.
Abril's work was featured in the Las Cruces Sun-News in March:
May 21: Saturday. Dripping Springs Natural Area. Wild Bird Photography Workshop. 2:00-5:00 PM. Sponsored by BLM, Las Cruces. Taught by Khandan Nirmalakhandan. Limited to 10 participants. See below.
May 22 Sunday: Birds no Boys. Elaine and Judy.
The second Birds No Boys bird walk will be Sunday, May 22.We'll meet at 7:30am at the entrance to Tellbrook Park (4290 Winchester Road, off Las Alturas). After our walk, we'll head over for our 10am reservation at Bite of Belgium (741 N. Alameda, a bit south of Picacho) for a no-host brunch.
We are going to limit the group to a maximum of 10, so please reserve a spot by replying to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This walk is open to female and female-identifying birders and is perfect for new birders -- it's a relaxed morning full of feathers and fellowship!
May 28: Leasburg Dam State Park: Bird walk. 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.
May 29, 2022, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (for the birds!) Adopt A Spot Cleanup | Sagecrest Park. Trish Cutler is clean up leader. Meet at the entrance on Frontier. Grabbers and trash bags provided. ***See insert below***
June 15: Birds and beers. 6:30 PM. Spotted Dog Brewery, 2920 Avenida de Mesilla, Mesilla NM. A time for good conversations and to reflect on how things are going. More details to follow.
July 20: Birds and beers. 6:45 PM. Icebox Brewing North Main Taproom. 3231 N Main St, Las Cruces. A time for good conversations and to reflect on how things are going. More details to follow.
***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.