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.

CNMAS Annual Membership Meeting & Doc Long Sign Dedication

Doc Long Picnic Area – Sandia Crest Rd (Hwy 536)

Saturday June 8, 2019 – 9 am

Come join CNMAS as the Chapter celebrates another year of excellent programs and conservation accomplishments at this beautiful birding spot in the Sandias. There will be a short meeting to announce the next year’s board members followed by the dedication of bird identification signs purchased with Birdathon Money. Afterward you are invited to participate in a One Hour Birdathon with prizes. There will be a Junior Ranger hike for kids led by a Forest Service Volunteer. Refreshments will be provided.

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! This year’s Christmas Bird Counts 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 a 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! For more information on Christmas Bird Counts in New Mexico, see the Audubon New Mexico Christmas Bird Count webpage 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 $2,983 raised from Birdathon donations, $525 from a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser and the balance allocated by CNMAS from reserve funds, were used to create four interpretive birding signs for the Doc Long Picnic Area in the Sandia Mountains. We would like to extend our appreciation to Sightworks for their excellent work in designing and producing the signs and to the USFS-Sandia District for their cooperation in this project. The Thursday Birder members who oversaw this project include Judy Liddell, Melissa Howard, Barbara Hussey and Reuben Weisz. Photographs on the signs are courtesy of Thursday Birders, Michele Weisz, Bonnie Long and Joe Schelling. Images of the signs can be viewed below (Click on each image to view a full-size version.)

Thursday Birders Team

May 2-3, 2019

The 20 members of the Thursday Birder Vermilion Flycatcher Team conducted a 24-hour Birdathon on May 2 & 3, 2019, to raise money for the preservation of the Belen Marsh in Belen, NM. Being considered for development into an expanded parking area in 2008 by the the Valencia County Fair Association owners, CNMAS and local residents of Valencia County intervened to preserve the wetland habitat. CNMAS and local residents conduct bi-yearly clean-ups of the marsh and continue to advocate for keeping the marsh as a habitat for ducks, shorebirds, and other birds. And the good news, $3,017.00 was raised through the Birdathon.

The team picked the Pecos River Valley for their Birdathon location. The base for the team was a birding hot spot itself, the Washington Ranch. At the ranch, some participants stayed in rooms and cabins and others were in their RVs or tents. The original plan to head out to nearby Slaughter Canyon early in the morning of the Birdathon was postponed when gale force winds began to rage about 5:15 a.m. The next step was to postpone the start of the Birdathon for a few hours, when we were able to find locations sheltered from the wind but still active with birds. The wind kept up all day, decreasing very gradually in the afternoon. The second hot spot we visited was nearby Rattlesnake Springs where the Vermilion Flycatchers were abundant and abundantly beautiful. The third hot spot, Slaughter Canyon, was visited late that afternoon and again early the next morning. The weather for the morning trip was ideal and so were the birds. The team was delighted to have counted 93 species by 9:30 a.m. on May 3 in spite of the terrible wind the previous day. The 93 species included four Bunting species: Lazuli, Indigo, Varied, and Painted Buntings, four Oriole species: Orchard, Hooded, Bullock’s and Scott’s Oriole, and four Vireo species: Bell’s, Gray, Plumbeous, and Hutton’s Vireos.

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 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.