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When: Nov 27, 2018 12:00 AM to Dec 03, 2018 12:00 AM
Contact:
Erin Law
971-222-6119

Nov 27 - Dec 3, 2018 | Highlights will be the Sandia Crest where all three species of Rosy-finches can be seen and visit the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to see up to 18,000 Sandhill Cranes on their wintering grounds.

New Mexico

November 27 - December 3, 2018

 
 

New Mexico boasts a huge variety of birds with over 540 species! Highlights will be the Sandia Crest where all three species of Rosy-finches can be seen and visit the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to see up to 18,000 Sandhill Cranes on their wintering grounds. 

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park will be our first visit to a bosque, or forest habitat, along riparian flood plains, where we will search for Greater Roadrunners and Cackling Geese. Then we will explore Petroglyph National Monument on the western edge of Albuquerque in search of Sage and Rufous-crowned Sparrows before venturing up the Sandia Mountains. The Sandia Crest House at 10,678 feet has feeders that should give us great looks of Black, Brown-capped, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches. Other birds we will search for in the Sandias are American Three-toed Woodpecker, Red Crossbill, and Clark’s Nutcracker

We will head to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to experience an impressive 18,000 overwintering Sandhill Cranes. The Refuge will also give us chances to see Neotropic Cormorant, Chihuahuan Raven, and Pyrrhuloxia among the 50,000 Snow Geese. We will also visit White Sands National Monument to see the largest gypsum dunefield in the world, engulfing 275 square miles of desert. 

Spring Canyon State Park has the potential of desert species such as Gambel’s Quail, Canyon Towhees, and Rufous-crowned Sparrows and in Pancho Villa State Park we will look for Mexican species such as Inca Doves, Scaled Quail, and if we are lucky, overwintering McCown’s and Chestnut-collared Longspurs.

We will then travel out of the lower valleys and into the higher scrub forest habitat and visit the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. In the Mogollon Mountains we will learn about the Mogollon Culture, a community exisiting in the cliffs for just 20 years. Birds we may find in the mountain habitat include Pinyon and Mexican Jays, Northern Goshawk, and Canyon Wren

At the end of our trip, we will visit the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park along the Rio Grande, where Crissal and Curve-billed Thrashers, Cactus Wren, and Mexican Mallard (subspecies) are possible. A drive across the grasslands of the Uvas Valley may give us sightings of Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, Golden Eagles, and if water conditions are right, shorebirds such as Long-billed Curlews. The grasslands may also allow us to spot Pronghorn, North America’s fastest land mammal (53 mph).

 

Registration Details

Fee: $1,995 members / $2,295 non-members
Deposit: $1,000 
Single supplement: $370
Leaders: Kirk Hardie
Group size: limited to 14 participants
 
Bosque del Apache
Bosque del Apache sunrise by Mick Thompson
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