The Conservation Committee is one of the main focuses of energy for CNMAS. We involve ourselves in conservation, restoration and community projects as well as letter writing and political activism.  We are an outlet for the environmentally concerned in Central New Mexico and we invite anyone who is passionate about environmental issue to join us in helping to make our community a better place for nature! Contact Conservation Committee Chair to learn how you can help.

Our Projects

The Conservation Committee has many talented and passionate individuals leading a multitude of different projects. Below you will find short summaries of our projects along with a link to a more detailed project page. Scroll through to see what we are doing to help conserve our wildlife.


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Check out The Rosy-Finch Project page for more details.



Brown-capped Rosy-Finch banded at the Sandia Crest

The Sandia Crest outside of Albuquerque is HQ for The Rosy-Finch Project. Run by local non-profit Rio Grande Bird Research and headed up by some of our very own CNMAS members, this project is one of a kind. The project was started in 2002 by then teen birders Raymond VanBuskirk and Ryan Beaulieu to study site fidelity of wintering Rosy-Finches in the Sandia Mountains. Over 10 years later, the project has grown into a multifaceted ecology study of Rosy-Finches in New Mexico and beyond. Today the team carries on this research in the memory of Ryan who passed away in a tragic car accident in 2005. They do it for the birds and for Ryan, whose memorial plaque hangs over the deck where the Rosy-Finches are banded. CNMAS is proud to support the Rosy-Finch project as one of our flagship conservation projects. We support the Rosy-Finches in any way we can.

The CNMAS Cats Indoors Campaign 


For more information visit Cats Indoors Campaign

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Albuquerque is nationally recognized as a leader in protecting and restoring urban wildlife habitat, but those efforts are severely undermined by the proliferation of domestic cats across our landscape. Cat predation is especially devastating on fragmented landscapes where birds already have severely limited opportunities to feed, rest, and breed. Cats are an introduced, domesticated species and have been able to establish themselves at densities that dwarf all other similarly sized predators combined. Unlike native predator species domestic cats will continue to hunt regardless of whether they are well fed or not.  CNMAS has adopted the guidelines offered by the American Bird Conservancy on conducting a “Cats Indoors” campaign. 

The Belen Marsh


Please see the Belen Marsh page for more details.



Black-necked Stilt Breeding at the Belen Marsh

The Belen Marsh is a 16.5 acre wetland in the heart of Belen and Valencia County. The Marsh provides critical habitat to breeding and migrating waterbirds, a habitat that is fast disappearing in New Mexico. In fact, this is the only wetland of it’s kind left in Belen and one of a precious few in all of Valencia County! The Belen Marsh Committee was created by concerned citizens in Belen and Central New Mexico to help protect this gem and save the wildlife that inhabits this small but critical bit of land. Central New Mexico is invested in the continuing protection and proper management of this property as a vital stopover for migrating birds as well as a breeding site for many species of concern.

Window Collisions


Please see the Window Collisions page for more information


Windows Can Be Deadly For Birds.

Ornithologists estimate that up to 100 million birds are killed each year by collisions with windows. These collisions usually involve small songbirds, such as finches, that may fall unnoticed to the ground. Sometimes the birds are merely stunned and recover in a few moments. Often, though, window hits lead to severe internal injuries and death.

Second Annual Window Strike Survey

Click on the following link to read the latest Albuquerque Urban Bird Treaty report and plans for the 2016 Fall Migration Window Strike Survey. – Albuquerque Urban Bird Treaty Report