Malkolm's photo of a Cactus Wren.

Malkolm's photo of a Cactus Wren.

It isn’t easy to think about Roadrunners, Verdins and Thrashers when it is -30˚C in the Yukon and the snow is swirling around the Raven feasting on our compost heap. We won’t be cycling through Arizona and New Mexico until October and November, 2007 – but our friends in the Southwest are already hatching exciting plans:

  • October 20th weekend - we're planning a great weekend with Tucson Audubon - urban birding, cycling in and out of town with local birders and cyclists — and an evening presentation about Bird Year. Specific details TBA.
  • October 22-November 7 – Exploring the “Sky Island” bird habitat in southern Arizona and meeting with birding friends.
  • November 8/9 – Activities with students from the Aldo Leopold School in Silver City, NM, with a focus on reducing our carbon footprints.
  • November 9, 7 pm – Meeting with Southwestern New Mexico Audubon Society — 7 p.m. at Harlan Hall, Western New Mexico University, Silver City (12th and Alabama Streets).
  • November 13Audubon New Mexico Round Table Dinner at the Randall Davey Audubon Center in Santa Fe.
  • November 14 – Bicycling and birding with students from the Bosque School in Albuquerque. Presentation by Malkolm to the school and an evening dinner gathering with other schools and interested birders.
  • November 16 – Presentation at the Festival of the Cranes — 9 a.m. at the Macey Center in Socorro, NM. We'll be enjoying the birds and the birders at Bosque del Apache NWR for the next couple of days.
  • November 25/26 – Birding and a gathering with the Chihuahuan Desert Conservation Alliance (to celebrate a healthy future for Otero Mesa).
  • More to come!

Photo from Otero Mesa by Joe Adair.

Photo of Otero Mesa (Joe Adair).

Otero Mesa is home to over 1,000 native wildlife species, including over 250 species of birds. This 1.2 million acre jewel of Chihuahuan desert grassland is threatened by fossil fuel development.

To learn more about the conservation campaign:    

To learn more about the birds of Otero Mesa: 

Malkolm's photo of a Rock Wren.Audubon New Mexico

(for more info about Audubon New Mexico — we are grateful for their collaboration)

The Randall Davey Audubon Center will be offering Audubon’s (and possibly the nation’s) first-ever no waste camp session this summer. They will be locking the dumpsters at the Center, making their recycling and composting bins more visible, and doing their best to produce zero waste. Audubon NM is excited about walking kamagra the talk this summer! Congratulations to Audubon NM!

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