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.

Water: Key to Bird Survival in the Southwest

Desiree Loggins, regional network manager, Audubon New Mexico

Thursday January 18, 2018 – 7 pm

The National Audubon Society’s 2016– 2020 Strategic Plan identified water as a core priority and focused on landscapes where water scarcity and water quality are primary limiting factors for the survival of threatened and iconic birds in the Western Hemisphere. The water strategy engages Audubon’s conservation, policy, and science teams and the Audubon network to influence water management decisions in order to balance the needs of birds and people living on or near habitats dependent on fresh water across the nation. Although Audubon has been a bird conservation leader in the West for decades, a more comprehensive scientific look into western water has been needed—in one place, and with an eye toward birds — to help guide our strategy moving forward.

Gila River Box by Jason Branch

Let me tell you ’bout the birds and the bees…

Olivia Carril, co-author of The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees

Thursday February 15, 2017 – 7 pm

Bees are an integral part of most functioning ecosystems, as they work to pollinate many of the plants that form the center of the food web. Many birds also serve as important pollinators, and it has long been thought that birds and bees complement each other, divvying up floral resources between them. But it isn’t so cut and dried. Birds and bees often compete for floral resources, and flowers shift their cues to manipulate both kinds of pollinators. Olivia Carril will give an overview of native bees in the U.S. and in New Mexico and their roles in pollination. Finally, she will discuss the intricacies of pollination in an ecosystem where the organism who hedges her bets the best wins.

Megachile Bee on Cactus – photo courtesy of Olivia Carril

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.