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.
PO Box 1473
Silver City, NM 88062
Audubon is NOT just for birds or bird watchers! We focus on education and advocacy rooted in sound science to protect the ecosystems that support wildlife and people.
Our Work, Past and Recent:
• Advocacy to protect the Gila River's ecosystem. A major factor in the founding of our chapter was prevention of dams and diversions on the Gila River. Our work included well-researched conservation alternatives to piping water from the Gila to meet water supply needs.
• Advocacy to protect the Gila National Forest. We provided input aimed at protecting birds and sensitive habitats throughout the 5-year process of the Forest Plan revision.
• Advocacy to protect local trails. We published the Greenways Silver City Guide to local, municipal trails.
• Advocacy to protect native pollinators. Bird,Bee,Butterfly Friendly program: informational brochure and native plant give-away in cooperation with other local organizations in 2018 and 2019, and participation in creating the Pollinator Mural on Arizona Street in downtown Silver City
Our Continuing Work:
Education and Outreach
Protection of the Gila River: we continue to advocate for protection of the riparian corridor, including three Important Bird Areas.
Evening Programs: featuring wildlife, birds and habitat. Free, open to all and family friendly
Field trips: during birding season
Citizen Science: Annual Bird Counts, Cliff Swallow monitoring during nesting season
Lessons About Birds: with hands-on activities in elementary school classes (new in 2019)
Newsletter for members: five informative issues each year
We exist because of your interest-
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT