ANNUAL RAPTOR COUNT
SATURDAY TBA, DECEMBER, 2018
Traditionally on the first Saturday of December, this historic count censuses hawks, shrikes, roadrunners, and owls along the roads of southwestern New Mexico. Contact Roland Shook for an assigned area: 575-590-4731.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - SILVER CITY
SATURDAY TBA, DECEMBER, 2018
The Silver City CBC covers a 15-mile diameter circle centered on the Silver City Golf Course. All levels of expertise are welcome, plus there is a need for feeder counters. To sign up and have a territory assigned, please contact Roland Shook, 575-590-4731, several days prior to the count.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - GILA RIVER
DECEMBER TBA, 2018
This historic Christmas Bird Count, focuses on all of the birds within a 7.5 mile radius circle approximately centered in the town of Riverside, NM. This count covers several portions of the Gila River. The private land portions require a permit, so potential participants need to contact Roland Shook several days prior to the count. 575-590-4731.
THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
FEBRUARY 15-18, 2019
Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are Participants simply watch birds at any location for at least 15 minutes on any day in a four-day time span, tally the numbers of each species they see, and report their tallies online at www.BirdCount.org
. Portions of the GBBC site are also now available in Spanish at www.ContandoAves.org
. Anyone anywhere in the world with Internet access can participate. Anyone visiting the GBBC website will be able to see bird observations pouring in from around the world and contribute their own tallies. Global participation will be made possible thanks to eBird, a real-time online checklist program. The GBBC is open to anyone of any skill level and welcomes bird observations from any location, including backyards, national parks, gardens, wetlands, and urban landscapes. The four-day count typically receives sightings from tens of thousands of people reporting more than 600 bird species in the United States and Canada alone.
NOVEMBER through early APRIL
Project FeederWatch begins its 30th year harnessing the power of backyard bird watchers to track trends among winter birds. While we are all thrilled by unusual sightings and high counts, it’s the everyday observations of common birds that are so important for monitoring bird populations. Want to be a Feeder Watcher? Visit www.feederwatch.org.
The 2017–2018 FeederWatch season is Saturday, November 11 to Friday, April 13. New participants will be able to log into online data entry and set up their count site on November 1st. The last day to start a two-day count is Thursday, April 12th. The project always starts on the second Saturday of November Online data entry will open for new participants on Tuesday, November 1st. The last day to start a two-day count is Thursday, April 6.
CRANES FESTIVAL at BOSQUE DEL APACHE
The annual Crane Festival in Bosque del Apache near Socorro, NM
offers a variety of events; tours, classes, hikes, horseback rides, photography classes, wildlife art show and exhibits. For information visit: www.festivalofthecranes.com