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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.

Birding in Costa Rica
with Roland Shook

March 1, 2019

Collared Aracaris

Costa Rica borders Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. Twice the size of Vermont, the Republic of Costa Rica lies wholly within the tropics. Costa Rica supports an avifauna of approximately 900 species of birds. With a strong environmental ethic, almost one-third of the land area is protected within reserves.

This talk will focus primarily on traveling and birding in the central and northern parts of Costa Rica. Photographs of the northern Caribbean lowlands, the central highlands, including Monteverde, and the Pacific coast will be presented. In addition, photographs of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians will be shown. If you are interested in visiting this Central American country, this program will give you an overview of travel, lodging, and many natural areas of Costa Rica.

Roland Shook, WNMU Professor Emeritus, is a past president of SWNMA and of the New Mexico Ornithological Society. Roland continues ornithological studies, directing annual bird surveys for threatened and endangered species, and organizing and compiling local and regional bird counts.

When Swallows Return to Silver City
with Carol Ann Fugagli

April 5, 2019

Carol Ann Fugagli and Audubon’s Cliff Swallow Monitoring Team present will discuss the four species of swallows that make Silver City their summer home, with a focus on the Cliff Swallows that nest on the campus of WNMU. Last year Carol Ann helped direct a citizen science project by SWNMA to monitor where the swallows nested on campus and how productive their nesting season was.

Cliff swallows build nests made of mud under the eaves of buildings to protect the nest from wind and rain. The swallows collect mud from any available source and carry mud pellets in their mouth to the nest site. Each nest requires anywhere from hundreds to as many as 10,000 mud pellets. Cliff Swallows are colonial nesters and their colonies may contain just a few, to hundreds of nests at any one site. The monitoring team will share their findings from the 2018 nesting season, and will discuss advantages versus disadvantages of colonial nesting behavior and its evolution.

The monitoring team included several volunteers from SWNMA: Rachelle Bergmann, Ken Sexton, Lisa Fields, Chris Overlock and Patricia Taber, who worked last summer to map which buildings the swallows nested on and monitored weekly how they were thriving.

Carol Ann Fugagli, a local ornithologist, is working with Dr. Dale Zimmerman on a book titled “East African Birds Worth Knowing.” She is Education and Outreach Director for the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance and organizes the annual Children’s Water Festival.  She and her husband, Mike, moved to Silver City from their home in the Gila Valley so their son could attend Aldo Leopold Charter School.

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.