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

Backyard Bird Refuge Program

Laurel Ladwig

Thursday September 16, 2021 – 7-8:30 pm

Our backyards can be a window into our wondrously complex natural world, filled with extraordinary interactions and interdependencies. Learn about the ABQ Backyard Refuge Program and how you can build a certified backyard refuge. The goal of the ABQ Backyard Refuge Program is to create a mosaic of habitat across the city to support resident and migrating wildlife. Explore the ways you can support our wild neighbors (birds and otherwise) by sharing resources and being responsive to their needs.

Artwork credit: Wren Walraven

The language of birds

Nathan Pieplow

Thursday October 21, 2021 – 7-8:30 pm

All around us, the birds are constantly telling us who they are and what they are doing. Nathan Pieplow, author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds, unlocks the secrets of their language. You’ll listen in on the pillow talk of a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds, and learn the secret signals that Cliff Swallows use when they have found food. You’ll learn how one bird sound can have many meanings, and how one meaning can have many sounds—and how, sometimes, the meaning isn’t in the sounds at all.

Photo credit: Nathan Pieplow

Conservation Projects of the San Antonio Zoo

Danté Fenolio

Thursday November 11, 2021 – 7-8:30 pm

Join us as Dr. Fenolio talks about the work of the Department of Conservation & Research for the San Antonio Zoo. Dr. Fenolio will describe several of the zoos’ projects across the globe, including a collaboration with indigenous groups in Amazonian Peru working to maintain stands of rainforest on traditional lands.

Photo credit: Danté Fenolio

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

Click the following highlighted link to read the 2020 Albuquerque Christmas Bird Count report.

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