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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.

Summer months we take a break, so our May 3 program is the last one for the season. Monthly programs will resume in October.

Annual Meeting/Potluck is September 6, with election of officers, at Little Walnut Pavilion. Birds and Brews continues over the summer on the fourth Thursday. If you are not on the email list contact us at swnmaudubon@gmail.com.

Birds of Australia
with Gary Emerson

May 3, 2019

Gary Emerson photo

The Kookaburra is a popular Australian bird made famous in song. Although they are in the kingfisher family of birds, their diet consists mainly of insects, mice, snakes and other small reptiles, as well as the young of other birds.

A birder, astronomer and systems engineer, Gary lived in Australia for several years but now makes Silver City his home. Gary was very fortunate to have grown up in the Ozark Hills of northern Arkansas with an amateur naturalist grandfather who knew everything that grew, crawled, flew or swam in the woods. As soon as Gary could walk, he would accompany his grandfather and he soon started learning and enjoying nature and birds.

During a 40-plus year career, Gary worked in astronomy and space science. In astronomy he worked on a NASA contract as a Lunar Observer, making observations of the Moon. He was a solar observer for the High-Altitude Observatory, studying sunspots, and was a research associate for the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics assisting in rocket launches to study a supernova and comets. At his private observatory southwest of Boulder, Colorado, he discovered the only asteroid discovered from the state of Colorado.

While working at the University of Colorado and Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Gary worked on spacecraft that have gone to every planet in the solar system except Mercury. He worked on the focal-plane assembly for the Kepler spacecraft that found thousands of planets around other stars. He never regretted going to work a single day in his career.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments follow. For additional information, send an email to 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. Programs resume January 2019.

Audubon & Gila Native Plant Society Picnic
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Our 4th annual joint picnic will be held on Sunday, May 12 in the covered pavilion at Little Walnut, by the Gomez Peak trail head. You are welcome to show up with your pot-luck dish, at 11 am and we eat at 12 noon. Audubon will provide hot-dogs and brats, buns and condiments. Gila NPS will provide drinks. Please bring a dish to share, and your plates, cups, and eating utensils.

May 4 local “Birding Big Day” results will be announced and overall results at ebird.org/globalbigday.