The Southwestern New Mexico Audubon Society serves communities in four counties;
Silver City, Deming, Lordsburg, Glenwood, Cliff, Reserve, the Mimbres Valley, and the Gila National Forest.
Submit your comments to protect the Gila River! NOW is the time.
This is your best opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the decision to divert the Gila River. An environmental impact statement (EIS) has begun. Southwestern New Mexico Audubon prepared a PDF List of Topics & Comments to help you state your concerns by July 20.
Health Benefits of Bird watching Can Include Weight Loss
For a class project, Derrick Lopez of Gadsden High School in Dona Ana County, contacted us. His project? To raise awareness in the general public about an activity that the students used to do when younger. He remembered bird watching with his grandfather. So, Derrick asked SWNMA to help him, “share the benefits of bird watching as it is awesome activity that a lot of people don't realize, and also since it is for a class grade.”
He found DietSpotlight.com that has a section titled, Bird Watching Beginner’s Guide for Hobby, Health & Wellness - 10 Things You Need to Know. In addition to the potential for weight loss, it is a nice resource for beginning birdwatchers, with links to information, useful even for advanced birders. Thank you, Derrick!
SWNMA Defends San Vicente Creek
The San Vicente Creek trail south of the Highway 90 bridge is one of four trails highlighted in the SWNM Audubon Greenways brochure. This riparian habitat is home for at least 139 bird species and a pair of nesting Common black hawks. SWNM Audubon is among several organizations that asked the Town of Silver City to better protect the trail from off-road vehicles (ORV) that cause significant trail damage. Since then, trail maintenance staff installed/repaired gates at primary trail entry points. If you find damage or ORV riders, please report it to the Silver City police at 575-388-8840.
Year of the Bird
Audubon and other organizations have designated 2018 as Year of the Bird. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). This act, which arose out of the massive slaughter of birds for the millinery trade, has provided protection for countless species of birds but is currently under extreme threat from Congress and President. See: www.nationalgeographic.com/birdsMatter.
Photo: Dale & Marian Zimmerman