Central New Mexico Audubon offers many different events throughout the year from classes, to talks, and more. Scroll down to see what’s coming up.

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These talks are FREE and open to anyone! Topics range from travelogues to bird ID to conservation issues, the sky’s the limit! All talks take place in the Community Room at Adelante Development Center in Albuquerque, located at 3900 Osuna Road NE which is on the south side of Osuna just west of I-25. Click here for a map of this location.

Turner Ranches

David Barfield

Thursday September 20, 2018 – 7 pm

In 2015 Ted Turner decided to open his three ranches in New Mexico—1.1 million acres—for ecotourism expeditions. David Barfield, activities manager for Ted Turner Expeditions, will describe the ranches and the conservation efforts for the Mexican gray wolf, Bolson tortoise, Chiricahua leopard frog, desert bighorn sheep, black-footed ferret and black-tailed and Gunnison prairie dogs, as well as efforts to return the Rio Grande cut-throat trout to its indigenous waters.

Bolson Tortoise

Yes, They Really Do That: The Joy of Bird Videography

Steve Siegel

Thursday October 18, 2018 – 7 pm

Have you ever wanted to push that lonely video button on your camera and capture the bird you are shooting in motion? Maybe with some sound? Steve Siegel is a recently transplanted Floridian who has shot bird video since the first portable camcorders became available and affordable in the early 1990s. He will show you some of what is involved in shooting wildlife video and what you can do with it once you have it. Three short finished pieces will be included in the program.

Northern Goshawk – Photo courtesy of Steve Siegel

The Old Man and the Vultures

Dave Manning

Thursday November 8, 2018 – 7 pm

Dave Manning, a birder for over 50 years, fell in love with vultures at age 65 when he stumbled upon a Turkey Vulture chick peeking out of its nest cave. His program is about the three vultures of North America, with a special emphasis on a Turkey Vulture nest site that he observed from mating to migration on his home island, Pender, British Columbia, Canada. His Turkey Vulture book will be available for viewing and signing.

Vulture Chicks – Photo courtesy of Dave Manning

If you have any comments, concerns, suggestions, or praise for these programs contact our Programs Chair.

Christmas Bird Counts

Be a part of the longest-running citizen science project in the country! Last year, its 118th, the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count took place from December 14, 2017 through January 5, 2018. This year’s Christmas Bird Count will be from Friday, December 14, 2018 through Saturday, January 5, 2019. Every citizen scientist who has ever braved snow, wind, or rain (or New Mexico sunshine!) to take part in the Christmas Bird Count has made an enormous contribution to ornithological history and conservation. Come count birds with us—it’s fun, it’s important, and it’s free! There are a total of 37 counts in New Mexico, and about 10 are within an hour and a half drive from Albuquerque. When available, the schedule for New Mexico counts can be found at


Every spring Central New Mexico Audubon Society sponsors the Birdathon as the major fundraiser of the year. The goal of a Birdathon is to see as many bird species as possible in a 24-hour period while raising money for a special cause. Each team member raises money, and other CNMAS members are encouraged to donate money to support the team in its effort to reach the financial goal for the chosen project. Donors either pledge an amount per species or donate a set amount in support of a team. If you would like to join a team and/or donate please contact the team leader. If you would like to create your own Birdathon team contact the CNMAS President for more information< .

Thursday Birders Team

May 3-4, 2018

In 2018, the only CNMAS team was the Thursday Birder Vermillion Flycatcher team. There were six other Birdathon teams within the state in 2018, and all teams conformed to the same procedural rules. The Thursday Birders Vermilion Flycatcher team tallied a total of 103 birds seen during the 24 hour Birdathon period. One of seven teams coordinated by Audubon New Mexico in 2018, the team of 20 birders was much larger than any other, and it was required that half of the team see or hear a bird in order to count it. That kept the species total lower than usual, but everyone on the team had the pleasure of seeing the Painted Bunting, the Bronzed Cowbird, the Zone-tailed Hawk and 100 more birds. Team members were Lefty Arnold, Ed Barengo, Darlene Benedict, Rebecca Gracey, Barbara Hussey, Judy Liddell, Maurice Mackey, Jean Maher, David Mayerson, Glenda Moore, Bernie and Pauline Morris, Deanna Nichols, Ellen Raimer, Joe Schelling, Cheryl Smith, Beverly Warburton, Reuben and Michele Weisz, Kenneth Zaslow and Lenny our canine companion. The $2,912 raised by the Birdathon will be used by Central New Mexico Audubon Society to purchase signs for an interpretative bird trail in the Doc Long Picnic Area in the Sandia Mountains. Judy Liddell raised an additional $490 for the signs through her Facebook Birthday Fundraiser.

Thursday Birders Team

May 1-2, 2019

In 2019 the Thursday Birders Team will return to Rattlesnake Springs, Slaughter Canyon and Washington Ranch, adding Brantley Lake to the itinerary. The date of the Birdathon will be May 2. The group will meet the afternoon of May 1 at Rattlesnake Springs and spend two nights at either Washington Ranch or the Rodeway Inn in White’s City. The team will be composed of people who regularly attend the Thursday Birder outings, and will be led by Rebecca Gracey. Rebecca can be contacted at 505-362-5095 or email at Donations are welcome and may be made by sending a check to CNMAS, PO Box 30002, Albuquerque, NM, 87109.

Conservation Events

The Conservation Committee is working hard to make New Mexico a better place for Wildlife! We have a variety of different events from workdays throughout the year. Join the Conservation Committee and volunteer as a Tabling Volunteer for any of these events. If you cannot volunteer, come by the CNMAS table and see what Audubon is doing for bird conservation. Contact Sara Jayne Cole to volunteer.

Board & Committee Meetings

CNMAS is run by devoted volunteers from all backgrounds. We have regular Board meetings and occasional public committee meetings as well. See what meetings are coming up!

CNMAS Board Meetings

CNMAS Board Meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of the month starting at 6pm in the Community Room at the Adelante Development Center, 3900 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, NM. Members are always welcome. If you are interested in attending one of the meetings, please contact the president to get details.

Partner Events

Central New Mexico Audubon also sponsors, contributes to, attends and supports many other events around the state that we’d love to tell you about! Take a look!

ABQ Birds & Beers – A BRANT Initiative

What’s better than BIRDS and BEER? Well, not too much. Whether you’re into birds, beer, or both, this is the birding hotspot to be from 5pm-8pm on the last Thursday of every month in ABQ at Rob’s Place at O’Neill’s Pub on 4310 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

BRANT Nature Tours, a local ecotourism company, is very excited to bring this very popular event back to the ABQ community through an urban outreach partnership with USFWS and Friends of Valle de Oro NWR!

Through this partnership we’re setting out with the goal of building a larger, more-connected conservation community here in Albuquerque by hosting events and tours that will connect people to people, and people to natural places in and around the 505.

We hope that Birds and Beer will become a monthly event where like-minded, bird-oriented individuals of all ages and backgrounds can meet, discuss, and collaborate on what’s happening bird-wise in our local communities. We also hope to create an environment where folks can get together to relax with friends, make new friends, and talk birds!

Activities will consist of quizzes, photo and story sharing, games, and any other creative and engaging activities that our facilitators can come up with.

Bring a friend and see you on the last Thursday of every month at 5:00pm. Remember, the food and drink is on you but we’ll provide the entertainment, and we’ve got some great prizes for the winning team.

Check the Facebook page at for updates on upcoming Birds & Beers events.


  • 5 – 6 pm: Happy Hour and Dinner
  • 6 – 7 pm: Birds and Beer Quiz Show
  • 7 – 8 pm: Socialize and Last Call
  • 8pm: You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.