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Domestic cats can make wonderful pets. But when allowed to roam outdoors, these introduced predators have logo_abconservancyserious consequences.

home_catsindoors2Cats have been introduced into new habitats across the globe with terrible results. Outdoors, cats are a non-native and invasive species that threaten birds and other wildlife, disrupt ecosystems, and spread diseases.

Now numbering well over 100 million in the United States, cats kill approximately 2.4 billion birds every year in the U.S. alone, making cat predation by far the largest human-caused mortality threat to birds.

The American Bird Conservancy Cats Indoors Program educates the public and policy makers about the many benefits to birds, cats, and people when cats are maintained indoors or under an owner's direct control. In addition to advocating for responsible pet ownership, we also oppose Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) for feral cats because of the persistent and severe threats posed by feral cat colonies. SWNM Audubon, New Mexico Audubon Council, and The American Bird Conservancy jointly produced this brochure for keeping cats indoors. [ Cats Indoors PDF ]

By ed_jblurton_conservationJackie Blurton
The SWNMA What Is Conservation? Activity Book for kids is understandable to young children, inexpensive, and easy to produce in small quantities - single fold booklets that can be printed on 8.5 x 14 copy paper in any quantity needed. The first booklet was inspired by our Chapters gift of the Audubon Bird House Book by Barker & Wolfson to libraries in our area and by the Silva Creek Botanical Garden that the Gila Native Plant Society is creating in Silver City.

 ed_jblurton_bookbirdsA Tale of 4 Birds: Activity Book
Our second book for kids is about birds. There are many different kinds of birds. To help us identify birds with similar characteristics, they are grouped into families.Here are three families of birds that share characteristics. Knowing these similarities will help you identify the bird.

SW New Mexico Birder's Guide:
ed_jblurton_bookguideA guide to birding opportunities in Silver City and Grant County
This guide is your introduction to birding locations in Grant County. Approximately 65% of the bird species in New Mexico have been seen in Grant County. The lush riparian habitat of the river valleys, the scenic mountains of the Gila National Forest, and surrounding grasslands offer many opportunities to see a variety of species throughout the year. Come to Silver City for the best birding in Southwestern New Mexico.


By Barker & Wolfson
birdhousebookCreating a bird-friendly yard is something everyone can do to help birds. This is even more important in light of Audubon's report on the future impacts of climate change on birds. For this reason, SWNMA has donated this book about bird houses to area Public Libraries.

Produced in association with the National Audubon Society, Audubon Birdhouse Book explains how to build and place functional DIY bird homes that are safe and appropriate for more than 20 classic North American species, from wrens to raptors. Each of the easy-to-build boxes and shelves within is accompanied by cut lists, specially created line diagrams, and step-by-step photography, making the projects accessible to those with even the most rudimentary woodworking skills. In addition, this practical and beautifully presented guide is packed with color photography and information about the bird species covered-including titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, phoebes, swallows, waterfowl, and even kestrels and owls-to help the reader properly place and maintain the homes to attract birds. And because these projects are the product of years of experience and field-testing, you can be sure you're getting the best advice regarding proper design, safe construction materials, and correct home placement to mitigate exposure to elements, pests, and predators. Finally, beyond the birdhouses, you'll find out how you can contribute to the larger birding community and even enhance your birding experience with the aid of new technologies.

minichecklistThe Southwestern New Mexico Audubon publication Checklist of Birds, by R. Shook and D. & M. Zimmerman, follows the latest AOU and 51st Supplement order of listings.

Covering the area of Silver City, Cliff-Gila, Redrock, Lordsburg and the Gila National Forest, the 3-fold card identifies visiting and infrequent breeding birds and notes readily recognizable sub-species. There is space to record date and/or number of birds seen, and small enough (3 ¾ by 4 ¼) to fit in your pocket. Checklists are 50 cents each, or 5 for $2 and for purchase at SWNM programs, [ 1st Friday of each month ] and on [ field trips ].


conservationbookletNational Audubon, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other conservation groups, along with the National Resource Conservation Service have co-produced a beautiful 28-page color booklet named "Backyard Conservation" showing you how farm and ranch conservation practices can be adapted for use in any size front yard or back yard. Some Conservation practices highlighted are mulching, composting, terracing, nutrient management, pest management, tree planting, ponds, wetlands, wildlife habitat, terracing and water conservation.

The FREE booklet is available in English or Spanish as a service provided by Southwestern New Mexico Audubon. Pick one up at the next chapter program meeting, first Friday of each month.



Big Ditch Park, San Vicente Creek, Boston Hill, La Capilla Wetlands
Get one at:
— Audubon Programs
— GRIP, 305A N Cooper
— Visitors Center, 201 N Hudson
— [ PDF ]

Useful Links

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.