CNMAS Field Trips

CNMAS Trips occur irregularly throughout the year on weekends. Notice that some trips are overnight events. Be sure and contact leaders before you attend! Please make sure to contact your leader prior to the trip as plans may change, leaders appreciate it and some trips are limited to a set number of participants. CNMAS and its leaders encourage car-pooling, especially on longer trips.

Saturday, February 29,2020

Ute Lake State Park

Christopher Rustay,

Join Christopher Rustay for this leap-year-day trip to Ute Lake State Park on year 2020’s bonus day. The trip will include looking primarily for water birds. This can be a good place for Red-breasted Merganser and Horned Grebe as well as loons. But a few land birds, such as Northern Cardinal and Field Sparrow, also may be possible. We will meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Ute Lake park headquarters (State Park Road and Highway 540, west of Logan, NM) and finish in early afternoon.

Bring a lunch, and a spotting scope would be helpful. We will hit various locations around the east and north sides of the lake. The trip will be relatively easy with little walking.

Please contact Christopher by e-mail ( by February 25 to ensure that he knows you’ll be on the trip.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Coyote del Malpais Golf Course

Join Kim Score on a Sunday trip to Cibola County’s famed hotspot, the Coyote del Malpais Golf Course. Located one hour west of Albuquerque in Grants, this beautiful golf course has 16 lakes that attract numerous breeding birds and many migrating species. In addition to waterfowl, we are likely to find gulls, dowitchers, avocets, stilts, ibis, phalarope, and several species of sandpipers.
Bring your spotting scopes, cameras and walking shoes. Participants will be walking nearly three miles round trip at 6,500 feet in elevation. Depending on the level of interest, we may also visit other nearby hotspots like the El Malpais National Conservation Area.
Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the only gas station at exit 89 off Interstate 40. Please RSVP to Kim Score, Carpooling also can be arranged from Albuquerque.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve

Visit the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, part of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, with Lefty Arnold (505-514-9398, on Saturday May 9, 2020.

Meet at 7:51 a.m. for an 8:01 a.m. departure from the northwest portion of the Target parking lot at 1-25 and Paseo del Norte in Albuquerque. Or meet at the parking area at the Preserve entrance, which opens at 9 a.m. PARKING WILL BE LIMITED. PLEASE CARPOOL.

A $5-per-person donation will be collected at the entrance. Please have the exact amount so no one has to make change.

To get to the Preserve from Albuquerque, take exit 271 (La Cienega) from I-25 and cross the interstate then turn right (north) on the frontage road. The parking area is about 1.2 miles north on the west side of the frontage road.

When we arrive, we will meet Zac Carlson of the Botanical Garden, who will welcome and introduce us to the Preserve.

Here is a description of the Preserve from the Santa Fe Botanical Garden website: “This 35-acre nature preserve is located a few miles south of Santa Fe in La Cienega, adjacent to El Rancho de las Golondrinas. This rare natural cienega, or ‘marsh’ in English, hosts a bountiful diversity of plants and wildlife. The Preserve features beautiful cottonwood trees, a spring-fed pond and shaded walking paths. The Preserve contains three distinct plant communities or zones: Riparian/wetland; transitional; and dry uplands.”

eBird indicates that a total of 88 species have been seen at the Preserve during the month of May. Possibilities include Black-billed Magpie, Mountain Bluebird, and Willow Flycatcher, among others.

The walk should end by noon. No flush bathrooms are available but portable toilets are at the parking area. Bring lunch, water, appropriate shoes, and a sense of wonder.
For more information about the Botanical Garden and the Preserve visit


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