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The events calendar is a joint project of the Gila Native Plant Society, the Rolling Stones Gem & Mineral Society and Southwestern NM Audubon Society. It is filled with colored photographs all taken by members and represents birds, plants, gems and minerals. Sponsorships were sold for each month, which covers the The calendar is a joint project of the Gila Native Plant Society, the Rolling Stones Gem & Mineral Society and Southwestern NM Audubon Society. It is filled with colored photographs all taken by members and represents birds, plants, gems and minerals. Sponsorships were sold for each month, which covers the cost of producing the calendars, therefore 100% of the $5 special sale is all profit for your local organization. Calendars are available for sale at programs and meetings now. They includes dates and times of events and programs for all 3 societies. A must-have for everyone to keep up to date with field trips and programs! Calendar PDF
On September 12, 2012, Deb Vogt of Las Vegas, Nevada, photographed a Piratic Flycatcher at Rattlesnake Springs, in New Mexico. This isolated site is a well-known migrant trap about 26 miles south of Carlsbad and not far north of the Texas border. It is a desert oasis comprised of cottonwoods that surround a spring and stream; a one-half mile wetland and small stream where sedges, rushes and cattails flourish. Vogt first thought the bird was a Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, but photos later confirmed that it was a much rarer Piratic Flycatcher. The bird was found feeding around a large pond, not far beyond the Rattlesnake Springs picnic area. Rattlesnake Springs is a detached unit of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, a place where the National Park Service maintains an adjacent picnic area with running water, picnic tables and restrooms. The Piratic Flycatcher was observed almost every morning - and sometimes in the afternoons - through the afternoon of 25 September by many happy birders who made the journey to see it. This Neotropical flycatcher breeds from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to northern Argentina. There are fewer than 10 records for the U.S., mostly from Texas. Remarkably, a previous Piratic Flycatcher record in 1996 was at Rattlesnake Springs and also in September! View Photos
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