This SWNM Audubon activity book for kids is understandable to young children, inexpensive, and easy to produce in small quantities - single fold booklets that can be printed on 8.5 x 14 copy paper in any quantity needed. The first booklet was inspired by our Chapters gift of the Audubon Bird House Book by Barker & Wolfson to libraries in our area and by the Silva Creek Botanical Garden that the Gila Native Plant Society is creating in Silver City.
A Tale of 4 Birds: Activity Book (→ PDF)
Our second book for kids is about birds. There are many different kinds of birds. To help us identify birds with similar characteristics, they are grouped into families. Here are three families of birds that share characteristics. Knowing these similarities will help you identify the bird.
Birds prefer different plants just like you and I like different foods. Birds and plants can help each other. Here are three birds that have beneficial relationships with the plants that provide them with food. The book has four activities about birds and the food they eat.
Our Swallow Friends (→ PDF)
Swallows are common residents in the summer. They live together in groups called “colonies” and build their mud homes in cliffs, under bridges and under the eaves of buildings. They often fly together in flocks while they hunt for insects that they capture in mid-air.
Swallows have sleek, streamlined bodies and long narrow wings which allow them to turn quickly to catch insects. Different species look similar in shape but have distinct color patterns that make them different from each other. The Cliff, Barn, Violet-green and Northern rough-winged swallows live here all summer to nest and raise their families. The Tree swallow and Bank swallow migrate through here on their journey north.
POCKET-SIZE CHECKLIST OF BIRDS
The Southwestern New Mexico Audubon publication Checklist of Birds, by R. Shook and D. & M. Zimmerman, follows the latest AOU and 51st Supplement order of listings.
Covering the area of Silver City, Cliff-Gila, Redrock, Lordsburg and the Gila National Forest, the 3-fold card identifies visiting and infrequent breeding birds and notes readily recognizable sub-species. There is space to record date and/or number of birds seen, and small enough (3 ¾ by 4 ¼) to fit in your pocket. Checklists are 50 cents each, or 5 for $2 and for purchase at SWNM programs, [ 1st Friday of each month ] and on [ field trips ].
HOW TO BRING CONSERVATION TO YOUR BACKYARD
Cats have been introduced into new habitats across the globe with terrible results. Outdoors, cats are a non-native and invasive species that threaten birds and other wildlife, disrupt ecosystems, and spread diseases.
Now numbering well over 100 million in the United States, cats kill approximately 2.4 billion birds every year in the U.S. alone, making cat predation by far the largest human-caused mortality threat to birds.
The American Bird Conservancy Cats Indoors Program educates the public and policy makers about the many benefits to birds, cats, and people when cats are maintained indoors or under an owner's direct control. In addition to advocating for responsible pet ownership, we also oppose Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) for feral cats because of the persistent and severe threats posed by feral cat colonies. SWNM Audubon, New Mexico Audubon Council, and The American Bird Conservancy jointly produced this brochure for keeping cats indoors. [ Cats Indoors PDF ]
SILVER CITY GREENWAYS BROCHURE MAP
Big Ditch Park, San Vicente Creek, Boston Hill, La Capilla Wetlands (PDF). Get one at Audubon Programs or at the Visitors Center, 201 N Hudson, Silver City, NM.
- American Bird Conservancy
- Audubon Bird Guide App
- Audubon Guide to Bird ID
- Audubon New Mexico
- Audubon en Español
- NatureInstruct Dendroica
- Xeno-Canto global birdsong
- American Birding Association
- Gila National Forest
- Cornell FeederWatch
- TripBuzz.com Birdwatching Guide
- HomeAdvisor.com Birdwatching Guide
- Guide to Birding From Our Window
Health Benefits of Bird Watching
For a class project, Derrick Lopez of Gadsden High School in Dona Ana County, contacted us. His project? To raise awareness in the general public about an activity that the students used to do when younger. He remembered bird watching with his grandfather. So, Derrick asked SWNMA to help him, “share the benefits of bird watching as it is awesome activity that a lot of people don't realize, and also since it is for a class grade.”
He found DietSpotlight.com that has a section titled, Bird Watching Beginner’s Guide for Hobby, Health & Wellness - 10 Things You Need to Know. In addition to the potential for weight loss, it is a nice resource for beginning birdwatchers, with links to information, useful even for advanced birders. Thank you, Derrick!
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