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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 — all are welcome to attend.

Birds, butterflies, and dragonflies of southwest New Mexico:
Where and when to find them.
Presenter: Tony Godfrey
Friday, MARCH 2, 2018

Tony Godfrey,  Park Technician at City of Rocks State Park, will discuss locations in Southwest New Mexico where you can find the widest variety of birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. Among the locations discussed will be the Pinos Altos and Black Range Mountains, the headwaters of the Gila River, Lake Roberts, and Dam Site Historic District in Elephant Butte. The regional State Parks that will be covered are City of Rocks, Rock Hound, Elephant Butte Lake, Percha and Caballo State Parks.

Tony Godfrey was born and raised in Great Britain. He became hooked on birding in 1975 after a school visit to Lord Snowden’s aviary at the London zoo. He immigrated to the United States in 1986 and has since lived in Georgia, Arizona, and New Mexico. Tony describes himself as a former twitcher, and has traveled to all seven continents in search of birds. He has now focused his attention on studying and photographing all forms of wildlife. He is a former member of the Arizona Bird Committee.  [Photo: T. Godfrey]

The Social Lives of Rattlesnakes
Presenter: Melissa Amarello
Friday, APRIL 6, 2018

Although generally thought of as solitary, cold-blooded killers, rattlesnakes exhibit a variety of behaviors that we typically associate with animals such birds and primates. Courtship, combat, and hanging out with friends are just a few behaviors captured by the remote, time-lapse cameras that you will see during the presentation. Having the required permits to use live snakes for education, Melissa plans to bring along a gopher snake, a hognose snake, and a grey-banded kingsnake. The hognose snake is for viewing only but the other two can be handled. 

Melissa Amarello, co-founder of the Advocates for Snake Preservation (ASP), earned a B.S. in wildlife, watershed, and rangeland resources from the University of Arizona and an M.S. in biology from Arizona State University, where she studied rattlesnake social behavior. Melissa’s lifelong fascination with snakes led her to work on a variety of projects on natural history and conservation of reptiles in Arizona, California, and Mexico. The need for positive messaging about snakes became apparent as she saw firsthand how negative attitudes stifle conservation efforts. She incorporated education and outreach into her research and started blogging in 2010 to foster appreciation for snakes by sharing stories and videos of their behavior in the field. 

Along with Jeff Smith, Melissa founded ASP in 2014 to encourage change in how people view and treat snakes. She currently serves as the Director of Education. In 2017, ASP received the Jarchow Conservation Award for “commitment and creativity in studying snake behaviors and tireless and continuous efforts to use our scientific knowledge to advocate for snake conservation through outreach and social activism.” Their website is https://snakes.ngo.
[Melissa Amarello photographing an Arizona Bback rattlesnake. Photo: J. Smith]

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.

No meeting JANUARY 25 - Next meeting February 22