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.
You can also view a calendar of events by visiting our “Calendar” page.
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.
CNMAS Monthly Programs will be virtual, conducted over Zoom, for the foreseeable future. Email CNMASreg@gmail.com to register and receive the link for these meetings.
(Recorded past meetings are archived at http://cnmas.newmexicoaudubon.org/events/archived-meetings/.)
Systematics and biogeography in the genomics era: towards a stable taxonomy of the birds of the world
Dr. Michael Andersen, UNM
Thursday September 17, 2020 – 7 pm
Ever wonder why the order of birds in your field guides keeps changing? On-going advances in DNA sequencing have led to new understandings of the relationships between bird families and how they evolved. Dr. Andersen, UNM Assistant Professor of Biology and Curator of Genomic Resources at the Museum of Southwestern Biology, will discuss what is happening in this exciting area of research.
Sneak Preview of the soon-to-be-released New Mexico Bird Finding Guide
Kathy Granillo, Sevilleta NWR manager
Thursday October 15, 2020 – 7 pm
This fall the NM Ornithological Society will be publishing the 4th edition of their popular guide. Kathy Granillo, Sevilleta NWR manager, is one of the NMOS members who has been working on the update. She will give us an early look at some of the interesting birding locations to be found in this new edition.
Sandhill Crane Research Update
Dan Collins, USFWS
Thursday November 12, 2020 – 7 pm
Dan Collins is the migratory bird coordinator for Region 2 of the US Fish and Wildlife Service here in Albuquerque. Recent concerns about the Rocky Mountain population of the greater sandhill crane have led the USFWS to undertake a wintering ecology study to determine habitat use, movement and resource selection in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. Dan will share what they are learning from their work and its policy implications.
If you have any comments, concerns, suggestions, or praise for these programs contact our Programs Chair.
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.
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. Click here for more information.
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 Saturday, December 14, 2019 through Sunday, January 5, 2020. 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 http://nm.audubon.org/conservation/audubon-new-mexicos-christmas-bird-count.
Click the following highlighted link to read the 2019 Albuquerque Christmas Bird Count report.