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 to register and receive the link for these meetings.
(Recorded past meetings are archived at

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.

Ganongga White-eye (Photo by Michael Andersen)

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.

Tingley Bosque Pond (Photo credit Vicki Dern)

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.

Sandhill Cranes Feeding (Photo credit Dan Collins)

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

Audubon’s 121st Christmas Bird Count will be conducted between the dates of Monday, December 14, 2020 through Tuesday, January 5, 2021. The Christmas Bird Count occurs December 14 to January 5 every year. 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

Click the following highlighted link to read the 2019 Albuquerque Christmas Bird Count report.

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