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For over 100 years Audubon has worked toward a vision of a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Our state-wide motto is WHERE BIRDS THRIVE, PEOPLE PROSPER. The mission of Southwestern New Mexico Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

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Address: PO Box 1473
Silver City, NM 88062
Phone Number: 575-912-1303
We are the oldest Audubon chapter in New Mexico with a 50-year history of working to protect birds and the habitats they rely on. We have members in Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron counties. We are an all-volunteer organization and use our funds wisely to promote conservation and education.
Audubon is NOT just for birds or bird watchers. We believe in conservation and education to protect our wildlife and the ecosystems they depend on. We are a science-based organization that strives to provide balance and understanding to achieve our vision. Our strategic goals include:
• Advocacy for the protection for the Gila River. This was a major factor in the founding of our chapter and we continue to advocate for protection of the riparian corridor, which includes three Important Bird Areas. Our advocacy has included outreach to Deming to provide alternative solutions, instead of piping water from the Gila River.
• Advocacy for protection of local trails. We published the Greenways Silver City Guide, which directs locals and visitors to local trails.
• Advocacy for protection of the Gila National Forest. We provide input for the new Forest Plan to include protection of bird habitat and concerns for those seeking quiet recreation.
• Making our communities more bird, butterfly and bee friendly. We developed a brochure, available at local nurseries, about providing food, water, habitat and nesting sites, as well as minimizing harms to birds and other pollinators. We provided free Bird Friendly native plants for the community at Earth Day, April 21, proclaimed as "Bird, Butterfly and Bee Friendly Silver City Day" by the Mayor.
• Providing conservation education and information. We offer programs in both Silver City and Deming and field trips throughout the region. All of our activities are widely advertised, free, and open to the public.