Conservation

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.

 

Window Collisions The Rosy-Finch Project Cats Indoors Campaign
Cibola NF Collaboratives Belen Marsh Committee  

 


Window Collisions

Please see the Window Collisions page for more information.

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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.

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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
 


 

Rosy-Finches

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

 

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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 Cats Indoors Campaign

Para más información visite La Campana Gatos Adentro!

 

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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.

 


 

Cibola National Forest Collaboratives

The Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative (CSSC) provides assistance to the Cibola National Forest leadership team for the use and management of the multiple resources within the Forest, working together to provide diverse perspectives on forest-wide issues. CNMAS is among the non-governmental organizations who meet with representatives from various governmental organizations to come up with recommendations to the Forest Service, which has included recommendations on the proposed Forest Management Plan. In these efforts CNMAS advocates for the needs of birds and the habitats they need to support them. For more information, check out the Collaborative’s website: https://www.cibolasharedstewardship.org/ or contact Judy Liddell, jliddell@msn.com.
In addition, CNMAS has a representative on three of the four collaboratives that work with the District Ranger Offices on issues, e.g. trail planning. Information and links to each district collaborative can be found by clicking on the Collaboratives tab in the top panel of their website.
 


 

The Belen Marsh

Please see the Belen Marsh page for more details.

 

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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.


Due to the COVID-19 health threat, CNMAS is following guidelines issued by the National Audubon Society and suspending all group activities until further notice. This includes outside and indoor activities.


The next Belen Marsh cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the Belen Marsh located off of I-25, first Belen exit across the street from the Taco Bell on Don Felipe Road. The cleanup will start at 9:00 a.m and should be done by 11:00 a.m. As always, we will provide you with trash bags, safety vests, gloves, and mosquito spray. Snacks and water will also be provided. Please come out and see an amazing place to bird and take a little time out of your day to make it beautiful. If you have any questions contact Eileen Beaulieu at (505) 249-7929 or dulcebeaulieu@comcast.net.

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