Other Birding Opportunities
But that’s not all, we want to share the love! There are many other groups that organize trips in the New Mexico. Here we have provided a list of field outings sponsored by other organizations. Our region also includes many local, state and national parks, refuges and reserves where birds are abundant year-round. Many of these areas are fully or partially accessible for those with limited mobility. Please visit the websites for locations, accessibility, fees and hours.
Rio Grande Nature Center Weekend Bird Walks
Every Saturday & Sunday – 8:30 am
w/ Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
The FRGNC offers birding trips every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year starting at 8:30 am. [As of 8/14/21, walks are now limited to 12 participants who must register only the week before the walk. Can register by phone 1-505-344-7240 or in person during Visitor Center open hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.] Walks are FREE and open to anyone. They start at the Candelaria Wetlands Blind in the Northeast corner of the parking lot at the Rio Grande Nature Center and last from 1 to 3 hours touring the grounds at the Nature Center.
Note that there is a parking fee of $3 unless you have a New Mexico State Parks Pass or Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center pass.
For more information about the Rio Grande Nature Center, visit the friends webpage by clicking here.
Valle de Oro NWR
Albuquerque Urban Bird Coalition
Click the link for a PDF of the Bird Watching Guide for Albuquerque produced by the Albuquerque Urban Bird Coalition.
Sangre De Cristo Audubon Society Field Trips
Sangre De Cristo Audubon (based in Santa Fe, NM) has regular field trips throughout the year.
Where to go birding
City of Albuquerque Open Space
Bernalillo County Open Space
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
Tingley Beach and Bosque Trails
Sandia Mountain Trails/Cibola National Forest
Petroglyph National Monument
Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge
Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge
Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Management Area