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Field Trips

Field trips meet at the WNMU Fine Arts Center south parking lot unless otherwise noted in each trip listing. Morning meeting time is noted in each listing.
We carpool when possible. NOTE: No Field Trips in December, instead we do the holiday [ Bird Counts ].
 

Ranney Ranch, Corona, New Mexico
Sunday, September 17, 7:00 am

Field Trip Leader: Christopher Rustay, 505-414-0342
Ranch Owner: Nancy Ranney, Ranch phone 575-849-8144
Map to Corona NM (PDF)

Join Christopher Rustay and Beth Bardwell for a beautiful, moderately strenuous 2-mile round-trip walk on Ranney Ranch just east of Corona, New Mexico.  We will walk from Ranch Headquarters along the Gallo drainage through shortgrass prairie and pinyon-juniper habitat to observe resident and wintering grassland birds. We may see birds like Grasshopper Sparrows, and longspurs.

RSVP for lunch at ranneyranch@gmail.com. Ranney Ranch grass-fed beef burgers will be served for lunch. Ranney Ranch is New Mexico’s first ranch to pursue enrollment in the Audubon’s Conservation Ranching program, a program to enhance and restore millions of acres of grassland bird habitat across the Great Plains by partnering with ranchers to implement sustainable grazing practices.  We will provide a short talk about the Ranney Ranch and the Audubon Conservation Ranching program at lunch.

Meet: 7:00 am at the Corona Mini Mart (181 Main St, Corona, NM 88318) located at the intersection of Highway 54 and Highway 247 in Corona, New Mexico. The trip will end after lunch. No 4-wheel drive vehicle required. Carpooling from Corona Mini Mart to Ranch Headquarters (about 13.5 miles) is encouraged. Camping is available in the National Forest including limited campsites in the Red Cloud Campground 18mi SW Corona Via US 54. Motels are available in Mountainair and Carrizozo about a 50 minute drive from Corona either direction. It is about 4.5 hours to Corona from Silver City.

SPUR-OF-THE-MOMENT Field Trips
spurbirdingEmail notices sent 3-7 days in advance - Audubon's monthly field trips sometimes miss good birding or butterfly possibilities because they must be planned far in advance. To take advantage of bird sightings or lovely weather, when birds or butterflies abound, we have Spur-of -the-moment Field TripsThe email indicates where + when to meet and the destination. So check your email regularly, especially during migration time and when the butterflies and wildflowers start to appear.
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