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.
April 21, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in Gough Park. SWNM Audubon joins other environmental, service organizations with informational & interactive displays. Purchase native plants, annual bedding plants. Get renewable energy info. Recycle electronic devices.
Joint Picnic with GNPS
Sunday, May 13
The third annual picnic co-hosted with the Gila Native Plant Society will be held on Sunday, May 13 in the pavilion at the Little Walnut group-use area, adjacent to the Gomez Peak trail head. You are welcome to show up as early as noon, with food being served at 1:00. We will provide hot dogs, buns and condiments. Drinks will also be provided by GNPS. Please bring a dish to share and eating utensils. We also hope to have preliminary results from the Birdathon available.
SWNMA Defends San Vicente Creek
The trail along San Vicente Creek south of the Highway 90 bridge is one of four trails highlighted by SWNM Audubon in its popular Greenways brochure. This trail provides riparian habitat for at least 139 bird species and in recent years has been home to a pair of nesting Common black hawks.
SWNM Audubon is among several organizations that have recently asked the Town of Silver City to take a stronger role in protecting the trail. During the Silver City Christmas Bird Count, it became apparent that off-road vehicles (ORV) were causing significant trail damage. Jackie Blurton led a field trip with nine other chapter members (pictured above) on January 6th to document the damage. Jackie also prepared a report for the Town Council. Both Jackie and Terry Timme, and other concerned citizens, made comments in support of stronger protections for the trail at the January 9 Town Council meeting. Since then, Dustin Gnader, our trail maintenance staff, has installed/repaired gates at primary trail entry points. If you hike the San Vicente Creek trail and 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