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Welcome - Bienvenidos!
The Southwestern New Mexico Audubon Society serves communities in four counties;
Silver City, Deming, Lordsburg, Glenwood, Cliff, Reserve, the Mimbres Valley, and the Gila National Forest. Find information about:

Monthly Programs, Field Trips, Annual Bird Counts
Education, Conservation, Regional Habitat, and Audubon Membership

Contact - swnmaudubon@gmail.com

 
 

Christopher Rustay describes some species we expect to see at the Ranney Ranch. Photo: Terry Timme

Ranney Ranch Trip
Several SWNMA chapter members joined 25 people from all 4 chapters of Audubon in NM on a field trip to the Ranney Ranch in Corona, NM. The ranch enrolled in Audubon’s Conservation Ranching program, a program to enhance and restore millions of acres of grassland bird habitat across the Great Plains.

This recent initiative will allow cattle ranchers to offer a value-added certification program, “bird-friendly beef,” on top of grass-fed certification. More information is available on their website: ranneyranch.com

Water and Birds in the Arid West
Although Audubon has been a bird conservation leader in the West for decades, a more comprehensive scientific look into western water was needed. Recently published, Water and Birds in the Arid West, focuses on landscapes where water scarcity and quality are limiting factors for survival of threatened bird species. Full report here: www.audubon.org/conservation/western-water.

As bird lovers we can play a role by advocating for more funding for water conservation programs, millions of dollars available through the Arizona Water Settlement Act to meet immediate water security needs.

Help Needed With CBC Pot-Luck Dinner
Our post Christmas Bird Count pot-luck at the Volunteer Center needs folks willing to organize and coordinate chair set up + take down, picking up the Volunteer Center key (SWNMA will pay deposit + fee).

It takes a few people to help set up the chairs and tables and put them up after the pot-luck. If you are willing to be an organizer or help with set-up or take-down, Please contact swnmaudubon@gmail.com.