Join expert naturalists and fellow bird-nerds Sandra Noll and Erv Nichols for a fun and informative birding adventure to Bureau of Land Management Lands (BLM) outside of Carlsbad.
The unique ecosystems of Carlsbad's BLM lands draw many resident and migratory birds. This trip will occur in one of two places, depending upon relative concentrations of birds at the time of the trip.
Option A: The proposed Chihuahuan Desert Rivers ACEC
The Chihuahuan Desert Rivers Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) has been nominated by NM Wild as part of the Carlsbad BLM's land-use plan revision. This designation seeks to protect rare riparian habitat amid an arid landscape. The Delaware River, which runs through this proposed ACEC, is designated an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society.
Option B: The proposed Birds of Prey ACEC
The Birds of Prey ACEC has also been nominated by NM Wild as part of the Carlsbad BLM's land-use plan revision. This designation would protect over a half-million acres of important grassland habitats north of the Guadalupe District of the Lincoln National Forest for Birds of Prey and other Chihuahuan desert species. Raptors abound in this area and it is important recovery habitat for the endangered Aplomado falon.
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Meeting location, time, and other details will be sent to participants before the trip. Expect to get a VERY early start on the day and be prepared for some hiking and outdoor time. You will need to provide your own binoculars. Carpools can be arranged at the meeting location. Location may require a 4x4, high clearance vehicle so if you have one, please bring it.
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