ANNUAL RAPTOR COUNT
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - SILVER CITY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017
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.
Join the post-count pot-luck dinner and sharing bird count totals at the Volunteer Center, 915 Santa Rita St, Silver City. Doors open at 4 for socializing, Potluck starts at 5. For the Potluck bring a main dish, salad, or desert to be shared. SWNM Audubon will supply plates, plastic ware, cups, and beverages. Want to help set up chairs and tables and put them back after the dinner? Questions? Contact Jackie Blurton 575-534-9400.
2016 count had 98 species and 9,504 individual birds, which ties our second highest species count and IS our second highest individual count. A record number of out-of-season birds included, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Wilson's Snipe, Band-tailed Pigeon, Vermilion Flycatcher, Canyon Wren, and Brown-headed Cowbird. Others we rarely get included; Inca Dove, Scaled Quail, Sandhill Crane, Western Screech-owl, Lewis's Woodpecker, American Crow, Pyrrhuloxia, and Eastern Meadowlark.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - GILA RIVER SATURDAY,
DECEMBER - Saturday 30, 2017
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 16-19, 2018
GRANT COUNTY BIG WEEKEND MIGRATORY BIRD DAY
MAY TBA, 2018
Migratory Bird Day celebrates one of the most important and spectacular events in the life of a migratory bird — the journey between its winter and summer homes. A mid-May date is celebrated worldwide with bird festivals, bird walks, education programs, and bird counts.
2017 results reported 1479 species in all of North America with 633 in the Lower 48 states. All of South America reported 2497 species. Columbia the highest country count with 1781. Worldwide, 5974 species were counted.
Individual participants or teams counted as many different species of birds as they could, inside Grant County borders. Teams who participated were Jim and Jackie Blurton who tallied 56 species and the team of Karen Beckenbach, Teri Matelson, Greg Baker and Patricia Taber tallied 68 species. Individual birders who reported were Megan Ruehmann with 111 species and Brian Dolton with 117 species. Congratulations Brian for winning the highest weekend total! Taking part in the count provides a great opportunity to get outdoors to enjoy the spring weather. All are encouraged to join next year. The Big Weekend culminated with a joint picnic with the Gila Native Plant Society at the Little Walnut Picnic area — a time for sharing great food and friendships.