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Conservation Programs

APRIL 22, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Gough Park

earthdaylogo SWNM Audubon will be among the forty groups that gather to provide the general public with information about the importance of protecting our planet. The theme of this year’s annual celebration is “Science Matters” to coincide with the national March for Science.

Earth Day is a perfect time to convey our message that Where birds thrive – People prosper. As an organization that promotes citizen science, Audubon has an important role to play in educating the public about our mission and how they can help. Members of Audubon have been instrumental in providing data that has been used by scientists to show how climate change is threatening birds.

Need to dispose of papers containing personal information? Thanks to the generous support of Freeport McMoRan, a shredding truck will be on site to shred documents. There will also be opportunities to recycle electronics.

The RECYCLING COLLECTION LOCATION for electronics is hosted by the Town of Silver City Office of Sustainability in the parking lot just South of Gough Park, 1106 N. Pope. Electronic waste and all types of recycling can be dropped off there.

 conservation_recycleprintcartTerry Timme, Treasurer and Membership Chair, is the recycling planner for the Town of Silver City. He encourages recycling on every occasion including at our monthly meetings. Please bring those things that do not go in your recycling bin. Terry will collect:

  • printer and toner cartridges
  • burned out CFL bulbs
  • rechargeable batteries

These items can also be dropped off (and get more information) Monday - Thursday at the
Office of Sustainability at 1106 N. Pope Street, Silver City.

Or, call Terry with any recycling questions at 575-519-8987.


River Ranch in Lower Mimbres Valley, Recently Acquired

On December 7, 2016, six members of the SWNMAS Board of Directors participated in a tour of the River Ranch property in the lower Mimbres Valley, recently acquired by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Tigler Ash Grove, the location of the photograph, is a remarkable stand of Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina) trees, which includes the state record for that species.

The bird life is rich and varied with 115 species having been observed on the ranch. After training sessions for the volunteer guides in early 2017, the City of Rocks personnel will be ready by spring to sign up members of the public who wish to visit this great property.

The newly acquired property will be administered by NMDGF, along with the City of Rocks state park, as a conservation and educational holding. NMDGF has asked our Southwest Audubon chapter to help make the property available to the public by leading guided tours of the ranch, which comprises a little over 1,000 acres and includes a rich riparian habitat.

WESTERN RIVERS ACTION NETWORKactionnetwork_waterdrop
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The Gila River, New Mexico's last wild river, has been named one of the country’s most endangered by American Rivers. Healthy rivers are essential to our livelihoods and wildlife. Audubon New Mexico is working to improve river health and resiliency. We CAN help.

We are considering use of eBird to record field trip sightings/counts and other regional bird sightings. Registered for Ebird? Let us know your ID - info@swnmaudubon.org

Become a FeederWatcher to Help the Birds
Every bird observation reported makes a difference. More than 20,000 FeederWatchers contribute their data by reporting the highest number of each species they see at their feeders during periodic two-day counts through early April. It is simple and a great activity for families and school groups.
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You Need A Permit!
Did you know that you are required to have a permit to use certain wildlife management areas for hiking, biking and bird watching? WHERE and the Online Permit Purchase system is at wildlife.state.nm.us.