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Unless otherwise noted in the program listing, Monthly Programs begin at 7:00 PM, on the WNMU campus, in HARLAN HALL, 12th & Alabama Streets.
Light refreshments after the meeting, all are welcome to attend.

Audubon Society brings in Martha Cooper of the Nature Conservancy

Speaker series focuses on health of Gila River
TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 5:15 pm at La Fonda Restaurant, 601 East Pine Street

Martha Cooper

DEMING — Only an hour and a half drive from Deming is one New Mexico’s finest treasures. The Gila River, the state’s last free-flowing river, is home to a wide variety of birds, plants, animals and fish that depend on the natural movements and fluctuations of the stream.  The presentation is part of the guest speaker series, “Your Water Your Future,” hosted by Southwest New Mexico Audubon and Audubon New Mexico. The series presents various ways to ensure a sustainable water future for Southwestern New Mexico and highlights the importance of protecting the Gila River. The public is invited to learn more about this beautiful and dynamic river.

This month’s speaker, Martha Cooper of The Nature Conservancy, will present the results of the Gila River Flow Needs Assessment, a scientific report produced in 2014. The report was authored by 19 experts on the hydrology and ecology of the Gila River.

Kara Naber, For the Headlight, Published 12:27 p.m. MT March 9, 2017

Goliath Beetles & Stalk-eyed flies: to East Africa for Insects

Presenters: Raven Myers and Dale Zimmerman
FRIDAY, APRIL 7 at 7:00 pm

A stalk-eyed fly (family Diopsidae), widespread in many mesic places in much of Kenya (Masai Mara Reserve, w. Kenya, June 2016).

Serious and amateur naturalists alike, particularly those with zoological inclinations, long have been intrigued by Africa’s fauna. Many think about — even dream about — traveling there. For some of us, East and Central Africa are so alluring as to beckon us back again and again. If one is susceptible — and many are — the attraction soon metamorphoses into a genuine passion, difficult to ignore.

The initial lure typically starts with the iconic megafauna or the gorgeous birds, but there is much, much more, little publicized. Although one never tires of elephants and giraffes or great hornbills, the big animals are increasingly restricted. Smaller creatures, especially insects, are far more widespread, and their diversity is notable. Last spring, Raven Myers and Dale Zimmerman spent several weeks in Kenya and Uganda concentrating primarily on insects and photographing extensively. This unusual program will present an aspect of African wildlife unfamiliar even to those who know Africa well.

birdsbrewsBirds & Brews - Join Us!
5:15 pm, 4th Thursday of the Month

Little Toad Creek at the corner of Bullard and Broadway. Eat, drink, visit, share trip reports, short slide shows & programs in the back meeting room.

Want to Attend? Contact us at swnmaudubon@gmail.com to receive the announcement email with program details prior to each Birds & Brew. Please RSVP with your name(s) for the door list. Room occupancy limit is the first 30 to sign up.

MARCH 23, John Gorey and Emily Pollom will talk about their time researching seabirds on the islands of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge is home to over 40 million seabirds and includes some of the most diverse seabird colonies found anywhere on Earth. Their talk will include a brief overview of bird species on the islands, research techniques, and what life is like on an uninhabited island in the North Pacific.

APRIL 27, Lynn Haugen and Julian Lee will share how they spent the last two weeks of December 2016 birding in northeastern Argentina. Their route took them from the megalopolis of Buenos Aires in the south, to Iguazu National Park and the Atlantic Forest in the north of the country, the latter a biodiversity “hotspot.” En route they searched for birds in the vicinity of the Paraná River, and the Eberá wetlands. In addition to snakes, lizards, turtles and various species of mammals, they tallied 254 species of birds, representing 57 families.