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Conservation Programs & Activities

Luna County Commissioners to influence NM Central Arizona Project (CAP)

Prep "How We Can Help" Meeting:
Tuesday, August 8, 5:15 pm -
The La Fonda restaurant, 601 E. Pine, Deming NM.

Crucial issue for discussion and request for assistance is the upcoming Luna County Commissioner's meeting on August 10. We will discuss how your voice can make a difference. Luna County holds an amazing amount of power to to help determine if money for needed water projects comes to Luna County or gets squandered on engineers, consultants and lawyers to divert Gila River water.

Luna County Commissioners' unique opportunity is their power to influence the future direction of the NM Central Arizona Project (CAP) Entity. As many of you may remember, CAP is the group of 11 regional governments (which includes Luna County and the City of Deming) and ditch organizations with control over spending nearly $100 million dollars under the Arizona Water Settlements Act (AWSA).

Can't attend the August 8 meeting? Please contact swnmaudubon@gmail.com, and we will provide you with information on how YOU can help solve Luna County's long-term water needs and  provide water security and with it, economic security for the future.

River Ranch in Lower Mimbres Valley, Recently Acquired

On December 7, 2016, six members of the SWNMAS Board of Directors participated in a tour of the River Ranch property in the lower Mimbres Valley, recently acquired by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Tigler Ash Grove, the location of the photograph, is a remarkable stand of Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina) trees, which includes the state record for that species.

The bird life is rich and varied with 115 species having been observed on the ranch. After training sessions for the volunteer guides in early 2017, the City of Rocks personnel will be ready by spring to sign up members of the public who wish to visit this great property.

The newly acquired property will be administered by NMDGF, along with the City of Rocks state park, as a conservation and educational holding. NMDGF has asked our Southwest Audubon chapter to help make the property available to the public by leading guided tours of the ranch, which comprises a little over 1,000 acres and includes a rich riparian habitat.

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The Gila River, New Mexico's last wild river, has been named one of the country’s most endangered by American Rivers. Healthy rivers are essential to our livelihoods and wildlife. Audubon New Mexico is working to improve river health and resiliency. We CAN help.

We are considering use of eBird to record field trip sightings/counts and other regional bird sightings. Registered for Ebird? Let us know your ID - info@swnmaudubon.org

Become a FeederWatcher to Help the Birds
Every bird observation reported makes a difference. More than 20,000 FeederWatchers contribute their data by reporting the highest number of each species they see at their feeders during periodic two-day counts through early April. It is simple and a great activity for families and school groups.
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You Need A Permit!
Did you know that you are required to have a permit to use certain wildlife management areas for hiking, biking and bird watching? WHERE and the Online Permit Purchase system is at wildlife.state.nm.us.