ANNUAL RAPTOR COUNT
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017
All the way from the Arizona border- east to I-10 and from Mule Creek- south to Antelope Wells, is the area covered for this annual raptor survey of the southwestern corner of New Mexico. If you would like to take part in counting owls, hawks, shrikes and Greater Roadrunners by driving an assigned route in this area, call Roland Shook, compiler, at 575-590-4731 to be assigned a route or email@example.com
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.
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 TBA, 2017
Centered in Riverside, along the Gila River near Cliff is where the count takes place. Most of the land is privately owned and permission from the landowners is obtained by Roland Shook, compiler. If you are interested in taking part in this Christmas Bird Count contact Roland at 575-590-4731 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2017
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. Southwestern NM Audubon celebrated by having a Grant County Big Weekend event from noon May 12 to noon May 14, 2017.
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 to APRIL 2016-17
Next month 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.
The 2016-2017 FeederWatch season runs from Saturday, November 12 to Friday, April 7
. 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. Sign up to be a FeederWatcher - www.feederwatch.org
- there is an $18 FeederWatch fee to participate ($15 for Cornell Lab members.)
FESTIVAL OF THE CRANES
November, Tuesday 14 - Sunday 19, 2017
Bosque del Apache NWR in Socorro, NM
hosts the Annual Festival of the Cranes
with over 100 tours, workshops, hikes, lectures and special activities. For dates and more information go to: www.festivalofthecranes.com