ANNUAL RAPTOR COUNT
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017
Traditionally on the first Saturday of December, this historic count censuses hawks, shrikes, roadrunners, and owls along the roads of southwestern New Mexico. Contact Roland Shook for an assigned area: 575-590-4731.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - SILVER CITY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017
The Silver City CBC covers a 15-mile diameter circle centered on the Silver City Golf Course. All levels of expertise are welcome, plus there is a need for feeder counters. To sign up and have a territory assigned, please contact Roland Shook, 575-590-4731, several days prior to the count.
2016 count had 98 species and 9,504 individual birds, which ties our second highest species count and IS our second highest individual count. A record number of out-of-season birds included, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Wilson's Snipe, Band-tailed Pigeon, Vermilion Flycatcher, Canyon Wren, and Brown-headed Cowbird. Others we rarely get included; Inca Dove, Scaled Quail, Sandhill Crane, Western Screech-owl, Lewis's Woodpecker, American Crow, Pyrrhuloxia, and Eastern Meadowlark.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - GILA RIVER SATURDAY,
DECEMBER - Saturday 30, 2017
This historic Christmas Bird Count, focuses on all of the birds within a 7.5 mile radius circle approximately centered in the town of Riverside, NM. This count covers several portions of the Gila River. The private land portions require a permit, so potential participants need to contact Roland Shook several days prior to the count. 575-590-4731.
THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
FEBRUARY 16-19, 2018
Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are Participants simply watch birds at any location for at least 15 minutes on any day in a four-day time span, tally the numbers of each species they see, and report their tallies online at www.BirdCount.org
. Portions of the GBBC site are also now available in Spanish at www.ContandoAves.org
. Anyone anywhere in the world with Internet access can participate. Anyone visiting the GBBC website will be able to see bird observations pouring in from around the world and contribute their own tallies. Global participation will be made possible thanks to eBird, a real-time online checklist program. The GBBC is open to anyone of any skill level and welcomes bird observations from any location, including backyards, national parks, gardens, wetlands, and urban landscapes. The four-day count typically receives sightings from tens of thousands of people reporting more than 600 bird species in the United States and Canada alone.
GRANT COUNTY BIG WEEKEND MIGRATORY BIRD DAY
MAY TBA, 2018
Migratory Bird Day celebrates one of the most important and spectacular events in the life of a migratory bird — the journey between its winter and summer homes. A mid-May date is celebrated worldwide with bird festivals, bird walks, education programs, and bird counts.
2017 results reported 1479 species in all of North America with 633 in the Lower 48 states. All of South America reported 2497 species. Columbia the highest country count with 1781. Worldwide, 5974 species were counted.
Individual participants or teams counted as many different species of birds as they could, inside Grant County borders. Teams who participated were Jim and Jackie Blurton who tallied 56 species and the team of Karen Beckenbach, Teri Matelson, Greg Baker and Patricia Taber tallied 68 species. Individual birders who reported were Megan Ruehmann with 111 species and Brian Dolton with 117 species. Congratulations Brian for winning the highest weekend total! Taking part in the count provides a great opportunity to get outdoors to enjoy the spring weather. All are encouraged to join next year. The Big Weekend culminated with a joint picnic with the Gila Native Plant Society at the Little Walnut Picnic area — a time for sharing great food and friendships.
NOVEMBER 11 to APRIL 13, 2017 -2018
Project FeederWatch begins its 30th year harnessing the power of backyard bird watchers to track trends among winter birds. While we are all thrilled by unusual sightings and high counts, it’s the everyday observations of common birds that are so important for monitoring bird populations. Want to be a Feeder Watcher? Visit www.feederwatch.org.
The 2017–2018 FeederWatch season is Saturday, November 11 to Friday, April 13. New participants will be able to log into online data entry and set up their count site on November 1st. The last day to start a two-day count is Thursday, April 12th. The project always starts on the second Saturday of November Online data entry will open for new participants on Tuesday, November 1st. The last day to start a two-day count is Thursday, April 6.
CRANES FESTIVAL at BOSQUE DEL APACHE
November, Tuesday 14 - Sunday 19, 2017
The annual Crane Festival in Bosque del Apache near Socorro, NM
offers a variety of events; tours, classes, hikes, horseback rides, photography classes, wildlife art show and exhibits. This is the 30th anniversary of the festival! For information visit: www.festivalofthecranes.com