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.
Based on the July 1, 2021 New Mexico Executive Order, the US CDC, and National Audubon Society Covid-19 guidelines, CNMAS is resuming all outdoor group activities including Thursday Birder walks and weekend Field trips.
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/.)
The Dinosaurs Among Us
Thursday February 17, 2022 – 7-8:30 pm
Virtually all paleontologists agree that birds evolved from dinosaurs, and most even believe that birds are, in fact, real living dinosaurs. The flood of new data coming from newly discovered fossil beds – primarily from China – has only solidified that position. Come learn about the structural and behavioral similarities between birds and the more “classic” dinosaurs they evolved from. We guarantee that you will not only be surprised as to how dinosaur-like birds are, but also how very bird-like dinosaurs were. You will never think about T. rex or mallards or chickadees in the same way again!
Community Science Pinyon Jay Monitoring Project
Cathy Wise, Community Science Manager, Audubon Southwest
Thursday March 17, 2022 – 7-8:30 pm
Audubon Southwest has joined forces with the Great Basin Bird Observatory, federal and state level resource managers, and Audubon chapters across the southwest to collect basic information on Pinyon Jays across their range. The Pinyon Jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus), an iconic and well-loved denizen of Pinyon-Juniper forests, has suffered precipitous declines in the last decade and immediate action is required. By better understanding the needs and movements of the species, we will be better equipped to conserve and protect it. Come learn more about this remarkable bird and how communities are stepping up to help. Consider joining the effort and enlisting neighbors!
Lesser Prairie Chicken 101
Amy Erickson, Avian Biologist, and Jon Hayes, Executive Director, Audubon Southwest
Thursday April 21, 2022 – 7-8:30 pm
Join us as Amy and Jon present the ecology, life history, and peculiar behaviors of this unique species. They will also discuss the loss of North America’s grasslands and what measures are being taken to conserve these landscapes and the species that depend on them.
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, and will continue via Zoom until further notice. If you are interested in participating in 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
Audubon’s 121st Christmas Bird Count was conducted between the dates of Monday, December 14, 2020 through Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Sign up at the link below to receive information and results about all of Audubon’s community science programs through American Birds, the National Audubon Society’s quarterly newsletter by email.
Click this link for more information https://www.audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count.
Click the following highlighted link to read the 2020 Albuquerque Christmas Bird Count report.