Events

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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.


PROGRAMS
CNMAS BOARD MEETINGS
BIRDATHON
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS


Programs

CNMAS Monthly Programs will be virtual, conducted over Zoom, for the foreseeable future.
(Recorded past meetings are archived at
http://cnmas.newmexicoaudubon.org/events/archived-meetings/.)



The Isleta Reach of the Middle Rio Grande

Quantina Martine, Audubon SW Water Resource Associate
Paul Tashjian, Audubon SW Director of Freshwater Conservation

Thursday January 19, 2023 7 – 8:30 pm

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Martine and Paul will provide an overview of the Reach, the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District restoration projects and the importance of CNMAS bird surveys.  The Isleta Reach contains a remarkable native bosque forest that has developed over the past 10 years amongst a period punctuated by drought conditions and low river flows. Every year the bosque habitat is inundated with many different species of birds during migration as well as nesting songbirds during spring and early summer.  Audubon Southwest and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District have partnered to look at irrigation return drains, or “outfalls”, as a place for habitat restoration for the endangered Rio Grande Silvery Minnow, and have partnered with CNMAS to collect bird data at these outfalls.

Photo credit: Quantina Martine

 



Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program – Using Community Science to Study the Changing Middle Rio Grande Ecosystem

Dr. Kim Eichhorst, BEMP Science & Research Director

Thursday February 16, 2023 7 – 8:30 pm

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The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) combines long-term ecological research with outdoor science education and outreach by involving K-12 students and their teachers in monitoring key indicators of structural and functional change in the Middle Rio Grande riparian forest, or “bosque.” Students participate in field data collection, lab processing, classroom activities, and events – all helping to increase their understanding and appreciation of science and the riparian ecosystem. Data collected from 34 sites along 350 miles of the Rio Grande are used by federal and state agencies to make land management decisions. The current bosque is a remnant of the 1941 flood and the river regulations and manipulations of that time. Restoration of a cottonwood/willow forest and native mosaic under changing temperature regimes and decreasing water availability will be a challenge. Understanding the history of changes, current constraints, and implications of anthropogenic drivers on the river and its ecosystem can help us develop predictive models to navigate successful management of the senescing cottonwood bosque.

Photo credit: Kim Eichhorst

 


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 Wednesday 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.

 


Birdathon

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 123rd Christmas Bird Count will be held from Dec 14, 2022 to January 5, 2023. 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 from NM Audubon for a spreadsheet of this year’s Christmas Bird Counts in our area: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IjuAkaohwAAbBPFbmUCJe5vVLmPizIE7gbj1bqoxohY/edit#gid=0.

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