Event Descriptions

  A new feature for us is the Adopt a Spot clean-up and bird walk.  Following the MVAS being chosen to help the City of Las Cruces by keeping Sagecrest Park spiffy, we are introducing a monthly clean-up and bird walk for interested members.  The first one takes place on Saturday 10/16, beginning at 8:00 AM and the next one is scheduled for Sunday, November 21 at 8:00 AM.  It will be a casual affair, with clean-up of the park followed by birding for those who wish to stay.  No registration is required.  After a December hiatus (for Christmas Bird Count) it will continue in 2022 with scheduling to be determined in the new year.

Our next event will be the MVAS Holi-Birdy Zoom Party on Wednesday, November 17th with a Meet & Greet opening at 6:30 PM and a presentation beginning at 7:00 PM.  All MVAS photographers are invited to provide their bird photos taken in 2021 for group viewing and comments. For details to help those interested in submitting photos, see explanation on this website (Birds--2021 MVAS Photography).  Details for registering for the ZOOM meeting will be e-mailed to MVAS Friends and Members shortly.

CJ Goin will lead a bird walk at Leasburg State Park on November 27, starting at 8:00 AM at the Visitor’s center.  Winter birds should be present in abundance.  Dress warmly.  His walk is canceled in December, but will resume January 29, 2022 and continue monthly through May of next year.



Finally, the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count  will be the major event in December.  In Las Cruces we will have a new leader, Mark Pendleton.  Details are yet to be developed.  There will be MVAS mailings and they will appear in the webpage Bird Walk section as they are made available.  Also, we may issue a Special Edition of Roadrunner Rambler to be sure to attract as many local birders as we can.   And, for those interested in a bit of travel, the La Luz and Caballo Christmas Bird Count, organized by John Douglas.  The La Luz count will be Monday 12/27/2021 and the Caballo count will be Sunday 1/2/2022.  More details will be forthcoming.  You can reach John Douglas via email:   jlddouglas@zianet.com

Here is Mark Pendleton's invitation to join the MVAS Las Cruces Bird Count:

                                                      Complete Instructions via PDF:


Letter to readers:

Hello fellow birders!


It’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) time again! I hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am! I want to thank our outgoing CBC compiler and my great and good friend Wayne Treers for the outstanding job he’s done for the past what seems like eternity. Wayne’s enthusiasm and tireless good humor will be a hard act to follow. I’m pleased that he is staying on as a team leader!


“What is a CBC?” you ask. Every year, teams of birders go out for one day between December 14 and January 5 and count all the birds they can identify in their section of a circle within a 15-mile radius. 


This year’s Las Cruces CBC will be on Saturday, December 18, and this is your invitation to join! We start at sunrise and continue until sunset, counting every bird we can identify by sight or sound. 


Whether you’re an experienced or novice birder, you can take part! Doing a CBC with an experienced birder is a great way to improve your own birding skills. Or you can be the team scribe and record the species identified. So, if you’ve never participated in a CBC before or are a veteran of scores of them it doesn’t matter; if you enjoy the outdoors and birds, you’re in for a good time!

I can hear you now: Mark, how do I sign up to participate? It’s easy! Contact me, Mark Pendleton at mpndltn@gmail.com or 575.635.8711. If you email me, put LC CBC in the subject line and tell me you want to take part. 


Include your name and contact info and some info about your level of birding experience in your email. If you call and I don’t answer my phone—I don’t always carry it—please leave me a voicemail with the same info. I will get back to you.



Team leaders from previous years: Please let me know ASAP If you want to lead your same team this year. I hope you do. If you no longer want to be a team leader let me know, and if you know someone who can take over your team, even better.


Do you want to be a team leader? That’s great! Let me know and I’ll see if there is a eaderless team or a team leader who would like to mentor a new leader. 


Do you know what team you want to be on? Let me know and I’ll let that team leader know. If you’re new to the Las Cruces CBC and need a team, let me know and I’ll find one for you.


Thank you all for helping make the Las Cruces CBC a success in the past! Let’s continue the great work!


Mark Pendleton