The world could be a better place with birds, said Keruvi, 9.
Audubon volunteers also explained to the group that the City of Deming uses the treated water to irrigate landscape plants in its parks, around government buildings and other properties. Recycling water is an important way to conserve water.
Beth Bardwell, Audubon New Mexico's Director of Conservation said, "We appreciate the City of Deming allowing us to visit the ponds to watch birds. In a desert, even treated wastewater is an important source of water for both people and wildlife. Using treated wastewater to irrigate the City's parks, and golf course means more of the City's existing water supply will be available for the next generation."
Antett Muňoz, 12, represents that next generation. She readily understood the implications.
"If we don't recycle the water, there might not be clean water for us in the future," she said.
While the message of water conservation was well taken, the Saturday morning group was focused on having fun watching the birds and interacting with each other. They were well rewarded.
Over 200 individual birds of 25 different species were seen in about an hour and a half. The birds ranged in size from a Great Blue Heron to a tiny hummingbird. Using the spotting scopes and binoculars provided by Audubon, everyone had a chance to examine the birds 'up close.' Deming resident Joe Karas summed up the experience this way. "I'm having a great time. They are wonderful people."
New Mexico Audubon Society holds monthly meetings in Deming on the second Tuesday of each month at La Fonda Restaurant, 601 E. Pine St. at 5:15 p.m. The public is invited to attend.