Cancelled:  Native Plants of Southern New Mexico  Wednesday, October 21  


November 2 at 6:45 PM

 Recent Bird Mortality in the Southwest: What We Do and Don’t Know.  

As you know, tens of thousands—possibly hundreds of thousands—of birds died in a tragic mortality event across New Mexico and the Southwest as they migrated to their winter habitat.


We are pleased to invite you to a special presentation by Dr. Desmond and Trish Cutler, wildlife biologist at White Sands Missile Range, who will discuss what we know, and what we don’t, about what happened.  New Mexico State University’s Dr. Martha Desmond has been quoted extensively in media throughout the world as a leading avian expert.


When: Nov 2, 2020 06:45 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada. 

 Register in advance for this meeting:

NOTE FOR GUEST CHAPTERS: We hope you will share with your members via email, but we do request that the information is not shared on social media. Thank you for your consideration. 

Plans in progress:

November 18  Birds in Cuba.  Presented by Elena Espinosa.  This meeting is not yet finalized. Full details to follow when available.


Christmas Bird Count Cancelled

With a heavy heart, Mesilla Valley Audubon Society has decided to cancel this year's Las Cruces Christmas Bird Count (CBC).

About 50 people typically participate in our Las Cruces CBC each year, and out of concern for the safety of participants, we believe the best thing to do is cancel for this year and come back big next year.

Currently, it is being reported that the coronavirus infection rate is increasing in our state and our county, and further restrictions may be imposed over the coming months.  There are fears of a bigger fall and winter COVID surge.

Given the restrictions of state mandates and future unknowns, the logistics of coverage of our CBC circle make it impossible to conduct the Las Cruces CBC in a way that we are confident is safe.

We'd rather sit out the Las Cruces CBC this year on the side of caution so that everyone can join us in 2021 for the highlight of a birder's winter - the Christmas Bird Count!

Thank you.

Wayne Treers

coordinator and compiler for the Las Cruces CBC

and the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society board



Virtual outreach programs by other organizations:


Audubon's "I saw a bird":

Audubon staffers are joined by celebrities (of the birding world, the science world, the documentary world, and even the Hollywood world) for these delightful hour-long conversations about different aspects of birds and birding. You can register for them live (the next one is September 30) or watch them later. There have been 11 so far, and they are fabulous. Check them out on the link below!  This page has both old presentations on file and is the portal for registering for the end of the month shows:

Sangre de Cristo Audubon Chapter (Santa Fe, NM): 


Like Mesilla Valley Audubon Society, they are developing virtual programs for the fall of 2020.  Listed below are programs for October and November.  Their president writes in an e-mail:


"Our Programs for October and November are as follows:

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

7:00 PM

Golden Eagles in the Southwest

Robert Murphy, Eagle Environmental

Although protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Golden Eagles are increasingly threatened on multiple fronts, and the scale of several major threats is increasing. Robert Murphy, Ph.D., a wildlife biologist with Eagle Environmental, will be sharing current research findings about dispersal and migration in the southern Rockies/Colorado Plateau and pre-adult survival and causes of mortality in the southern Great Plains. “Murph” worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before transitioning to part-time work on eagle conservation and research.

You must register in advance for this meeting by clicking on the followng link:   


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the presentation.


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

7:00 PM

Dances with Cranes

Wendy M Brown

Wildlife Biologist, formerly U.S. F&WS

Wendy will share her passion and knowledge of the behavior, ecology, and current status of the Rocky Mountain population of Greater Sandhill Cranes that visits New Mexico every winter. Wendy has been studying and working with this population of cranes for nearly four decades.  


We are still working out the details and logistics for these programs and will be sending out invitations closer to the time of the programs, but be assured that we are doing everything we can to continue to bring you informative and timely programs on birds and our environment."

Tom Jervis, President


 Their website is:  If interested, final details will soon appear at that site.  We will also try to post them here, when available.

BETA VERSION 9/3/2020 (this is a work in progress)

During the Covid-19 pandemic, MVAS has developed a virtual meeting format. The calendar on this page lists MVAS sponsored, on-line events.  To join the meeting one must register in advance.  All MVAS mem bers will receive a notification of the event via email and can use that for registration.  If you did not receive any email,  you may send an email request to register to Mesilla Valley Audubon Society at the following web address <>.  You will receive a request to register from the event organizer. 


This calendar may also list virtual events of interest to MVAS members that are sponsored by other organizations.  These listings will include their own instructions on how to register for such meetings.