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. Find information about:
Wildlife Watching Up – Hunting Down
The preliminary 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was released. The purpose is to determine number of people engaged in outdoor-associated wildlife activity, which activities, and money spent in 2016. The report shows from 2011 to 2016 participation in fishing and wildlife-watching went up, and number of hunters dropped about 2 million, wildlife-watching activities increased 20%, from 71.8 million to 86 million. The most significant increases in wildlife-watching – observing, feeding, photographing wildlife. Bird watching accounting for most of the wildlife-watching.
Water and Birds in the Arid West
Although Audubon has been a bird conservation leader in the West for decades, a more comprehensive scientific look into western water was needed. Recently published, Water and Birds in the Arid West, focuses on landscapes where water scarcity and quality are limiting factors for survival of threatened bird species. Full report here: www.audubon.org/conservation/western-water.
As bird lovers we can play a role by advocating for more funding for water conservation programs, millions of dollars available through the Arizona Water Settlement Act to meet immediate water security needs.
Christmas Bird Count & Pot-Luck Dinner
The 2017 Silver City Christmas Bird Count was held on December 16. Participants counted birds within a 15 mile circle centered on the Silver City golf course. Results from the bird count will be tallied and posted sometime after January. Participants walked or drove on several routes or counted birds that came to their feeders. Many counters shared their results and enjoyed a potluck dinner afterwards. The organizers of this years count heard reports from potluck attendees about how many and what species of birds were seen. Among the more unexpected birds spotted were Sora, Rough-legged hawk, Anna's hummingbird, Pyrrhuloxia, Olive warbler, Black-and-White warbler, and Red crossbill.