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.

Bluebirds, Nuthatches and Climate Change

Judy Liddell

Thursday March 15, 2018 – 7 pm

To test how specific species are responding to climate change, teams of Audubon members from chapters across the U.S. have been conducting twice yearly point counts in specific locations to document the numbers of bluebirds and nuthatches present. Starting January 2016, CNMAS was among the first chapters to join the effort, initially tallying Eastern, Western and Mountain Bluebirds. When nuthatches were added as target species, additional teams were recruited to tally White-breasted, Red-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatches. Please join us to hear Judy Liddell, who has coordinated this effort, and learn more about each of these species, their habitat needs, and what the projections are for central New Mexico.

Mountain Bluebird Photo courtesy of Judy Liddell

A-Birding on a Bronco: The story of Florence Merriam Bailey

Karen Herzenberg

Thursday April 19, 2018 – 7 pm

Come learn about this pioneering naturalist! Florence Merriam Bailey was a field ornithologist at a time when women still wore corsets and floor length skirts. She spent many seasons with her husband, also a field biologist, cataloguing species for the US Biological Survey. Bailey wrote eight books under her own name, including the first popular guide to bird watching, Birds Through an Opera Glass (1889) and another, Birds of New Mexico (1928), a comprehensive guide to the avifauna of New Mexico.

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! Now in its 118th year, the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14, 2017, through January 5, 2018. 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. The schedule for New Mexico counts can be found at


Every spring Central New Mexico Audubon Society usually sponsors a Birdathon as our major fundraiser of the year! This event involves teams of birders heading out for an intensive full day of birding in an attempt to see as many species as possible! Donors either pledge an amount per species or donate a set amount in support of the teams. Some teams are considered closed (the team is already set) while other teams are open and allow anyone to join in the fun! All donations go to CNMAS and will be used to help support local conservation and education efforts! 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

The Thursday Birders will venture south on their May 3-4 Birdathon, starting at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge at 10:00 a.m. on May 3 and then continuing from one hot spot to another until 10:00 a.m. on the next day, May 4, in an attempt to see as many bird species as possible in the 24-hour period. Other birding locations will be Brantley Lake, Rattlesnake Springs, Washington Ranch, and Slaughter Canyon. Each participant is expected to raise funds that will be used to purchase interpretative signs for the Bill Spring Trail in the Sandia Mountains. One may solicit pledges from friends and family for each bird species seen or make a per bird contribution him or herself. Donations from nonparticipants are welcome and may be made by sending a check to CNMAS, PO Box 30002, Albuquerque, NM, 87109. Contact Rebecca Gracey, the Birdathon leader, if you wish to participate: 505-362-5095,

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.