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Monthly Programs begin at 7:00 PM, on the WNMU campus, in HARLAN HALL, 12th & Alabama Streets, Unless otherwise noted in the program listing.
Light refreshments are served after the program — programs are free, all are welcome to attend.

Is the Upper Gila River a Refugial Landscape for Birds?
Friday, October 5, 2018 - 7:00 pm

Following the presentation: 50th SWNMA Birthday party refreshments!

Mike and Carol Fugagli present a program explaining how recent climate-science predicts profound ecological change in the American Southwest by the end of this century, with less than ten percent of the land area of Arizona and New Mexico projected to remain within its climate envelope by the year 2090. Regional land managers are struggling to find ways to secure ecological sustainability in the midst of this unprecedented forecast for risk and change. Drawing from the science of paleo-ecology, conservation biologists recently have proposed the identification and protection of “climatic refugia” as an essential conservation tool for the protection of biological diversity during times of crisis. In the Upper Gila Watershed, the river, and its associated floodplains, stand out as classic refugial areas, important for the long-term persistence of our native birds. 

Please join us as we take another look at the wide-range of birds that call the Gila River riparian corridor their home, and find out how you can help protect our birds as we work to steward them through the ecological bottlenecks of the twenty-first century.

Mike and Carol lived along the banks of the Gila River for 12 years while home-schooling their son, Hawk. They are now residents of Silver City while Hawk completes his studies at Aldo Leopold Charter School. They have both been involved in bird surveys and banding projects throughout New Mexico.

Mike Fugagli is an ornithologist and naturalist with a keen interest in creating lasting solutions for pressing environmental issues. Involvement of youth in identifying and implementing solutions has led him to designing a project called: Thinking ON a Mountain: the Tadpole Ridge Resiliency Project. This collaborative, citizen-science based field ecology program will target the region’s junior high and high school students.

Carol Fugagli is an ornithologist and currently working with Dr. Dale Zimmerman writing a book on East African birds called East African Birds Worth Watching. She is Education and Outreach Director for the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance and helps organize the annual Children’s Water Festival. Carol is directing the SWNMA Cliff Swallow monitoring project at WNMU. 

The presentation is free and the public is welcome. A 50th birthday party with light refreshments will follow the meeting. For information contact us by email at swnmaudubon@gmail.com

Birds & Brews - Join Us!
5:15 pm, 4th Thursday of the Month


Little Toad Creek, corner of Bullard & Broadway. Eat, drink, visit,  slides & programs in the meeting room. Members are automatically notified.

Want to Attend? Contact: swnmaudubon@gmail.com to receive the email program details prior to each Birds & Brew. Please RSVP with your name(s) - room limit is first 30 to sign up. No programs November & December.