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Discover the Heart of Mexico
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  The Bird Walks' Leaders
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Signe Signe Hammer
Began birding in NYC's Central Park in 1996, when she began following the famous Red-tailed Hawk ...
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Norman Norman Besman
Has been a birder since spending the summer of 1972 in the Vermont countryside...

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Bob Bob Graham
Bob's interest in nature began early having in his youth, spent summers canoeing through...

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Michael Wheatcroft

Has been fascinated with birds ever since he found out that his mother was terrified of them!...

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Luke Rich

Been birding for 40 years in various parts of the world; Australia, South Asia, Eastern Europe and North America...

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Audubon Birdwalk at Peña Blanca
Sun, December 18, 7:45 am-Noon

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Audubon leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of the month—this month, that’s the 18th. With leaders Mike Wheatcroft, Norman Besman and Signe Hammer, we’ll head to Peña Blanca, a few miles past the Presa Allende. Open farmland and a tree-lined stream provide habitat for a wide range of raptors and songbirds, from the soaring White-tailed Kite, one of our resident raptor species, to the tiny Yellow-rumped Warbler, one of our many species of snowbird.




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The Monarchs: "Butterflies without Borders"
Tues, Nov 15, 1:30 pm

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Monarch butterflies are streaming across northern Mexico this very minute — the first migrants have already reached their winter sanctuaries located high in the mountains of the Sierra de Angangueo in Michoacán. Over the next few weeks they will be joined by thousands of Monarchs to wait out the winter, clustered tightly in the branches of fir and pine trees.

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Audubon Birdwalk at El Charco del Ingenio
Sun, Nov 20, 7:45am-Noon

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Audubon’s November birdwalk is on the 20th, the day after tomorrow. With leaders Bob Graham, Norman Besman, Luke Rich, Mike Wheatcroft and Signe Hammer, we’ll head to El Charco del Ingenio, our beautiful botanical garden, where a spectacular array of winter residents—ducks, waders and songbirds—has been arriving.

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Sky Hunters: The World of the Dragonfly
Tuesday, October 18 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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More than 248 million years ago, before birds existed, even before dinosaurs, when amphibians were the dominant life form, a mighty dragonfly governed the skies. With a wingspan of almost two and half feet, these sky hunters could beat their wings independently, change course 180 degrees in a flash and hover like a helicopter. Their modern day descendants, the Odonatas, which include over 5,000 species of dragonflies and damselflies, retain nearly all of the remarkable characteristics of their ancient relatives, except for their size.

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Audubon Birdwalk along Rio Laja near Rancho Jaguar
Sun, Oct 16, 7:45 am-12:30 PM

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Join Audubon de México on Sunday, October 16, for a birdwalk along the Rio Laja with leaders Norman Besman and Mike Wheatcroft. We’ll look for Black Phoebes hawking insects at a shallow river ford, where we may also find our resident egrets—Great, Snowy and Cattle—and, if we’re lucky a Great Blue Heron. There is usually a Green Kingfisher or two further along the river, and we could find a Belted Kingfisher, newly arrived for the winter—one of our earliest snowbirds.

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Birds at Risk and How We Can Help
Tues., September 20 1:30 pm – 3 pm

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Over 350 species of birds that live or winter in Mexico are at the highest level of conservation concern according to the findings in the State of North American Birds 2016 report.   As of this news isn't bad enough, the report's Watch List identifies 432 species (more than one-third of all North American bird species) as being of highest conservation concern.  These are the species most at risk of extinction without significant conservation actions to reverse declines and reduce threats.

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Audubon Special Event: Close Encounters of the Hummingbird Kind
Wednesday, September 14, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

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If you didn’t have a chance to attend Audubon’s sold-out Hummingbird Encounter event in March, Sandra Young has graciously volunteered to host another event at her home on Wednesday, September 14. This event will provide you with a special opportunity to encounter the abundant native and migratory hummingbirds in her garden that will dazzle you with their beauty, energy, and warrior spirits.

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Audubon Birdwalk at River, Trees, Fields and Ruins
Sun, September 18, 7:45 am-Noon

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With leaders Luke Rich, Norman Besman and Bob Graham, we’ll bird along the Rio Laja, near the bridge on the new road to Guanajuato. In addition to the wooded river trail, the varied habitat includes open farmland with big trees, and lots of sky for raptors.




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Audubon Birdwalk at Peña Blanca
Sun, August 21, 7:45 am-Noon

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Audubon de México leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of each month; this month, it’s on the 21st. With leaders Norman Besman, Mike Wheatcroft, Luke Rich and Bob Graham, we’ll head to the bridge over the Rio Laja at Montecillo de Nieto, just past the back road into Atontonilco.
This time of year we’re mostly looking for our resident birds—some possibly still nesting or feeding fledglings.

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Audubon Birdwalk at Peña Blanca
Sun, July 17, 7:45 am-Noon

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With leaders Bob Graham, Mike Wheatcroft and Norman Besman, we’ll head to Peña Blanca, a few miles past the Presa Allende, where open farmland and a tree-lined stream provide habitat for a wide range of raptors and songbirds.

In July, our local birds are still nesting and fledging their young.

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Audubon Birdwalk at El Charco del Ingenio
Sun, June 19, 8am-11:30am

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Note special meeting place and time!! Due to the annual Locos Parade, Audubon de México’s June birdwalk will meet on Sunday, June 19, at 8 a.m. inside the main entrance of San Miguel’s beautiful botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio. Cabdrivers will know how to get there from Centro. With leaders Norman Besman, Luke Rich, Bob Graham and Mike Wheatcroft, we’ll explore a variety of habitats.

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Nature Matters Presentation: What Plants Talk About
Tuesday, May 17, 1:30 pm – 3 pm

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Plants. They provide us with food, shelter, clothing, life-saving medicine and sensory pleasure. So important to us that we count, classify, and study how they grow. We cultivate, coddle and genetically modify them. Water, compost and talk to them.

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Audubon Birdwalk at Richly Varied Rio Laja Site
Sun, May 15, 7:45am-Noon

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With leaders Luke Rich and Norman Besman, we’ll bird along a tree-shaded trail by the Rio Laja, near the bridge on the new road to Guanajuato.

In addition to the wooded river trail, the varied habitat includes open farmland with big trees, and lots of sky for raptors.

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Audubon Birdwalk along the Rio Laja near Rancho Jaguar
Sunday, Apr 17, 7:45 am-12:30 pm

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With leaders Norman Besman and Luke Rich, we’ll head to a particularly beautiful spot along the Rio Laja. We may find Great and Snowy Egrets fishing in the river, along with a Green Kingfisher or two. Aloft, we could spot a Crested Caracara, a White-tailed Kite, a Turkey Vulture or a Common Raven soaring over meadow vistas.

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Nature Matters Presentation: Sustainable Optimism
Tuesday April 19 1:30 pm – 3 pm

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Climate change, biodiversity loss, overpopulation, poverty, resource depletion, habitat destruction, ocean acidification, sea level rise; what’s there to be optimistic about?

In this wide-ranging presentation, illustrated with slides and video clips, Rob Lerner will share recent developments in renewable energy, regenerative agriculture and other fields that make him hopeful. He’ll also share some novel ideas from leading ecologists on how to think about nature in our post-wild world.

El Nigromante, Bellas Artes, M. Malo Auditorio
Hernández Macías 75
60 Pesos (Audubon Members Free)
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Audubon Special Event: Close Encounters of the Hummingbird Kind
Tuesday, April 26, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Local hummingbird aficionado, Sandra Young has graciously invited Audubon de Mexico to host a special repeat performance of the event we held last month! If you missed the event, we now have another opportunity for you to experience a close encounter with the abundant hummingbirds in her garden and to learn about their natural history, care and feeding, and ways to make our home gardens, patios, or window boxes a haven for hummingbirds.

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Audubon Birdwalk at Peña Blanca
Sunday, March 20, 7:45 am-Noon

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The March Audubon birdwalk heads to Peña Blanca, a few miles past the Presa Allende. with leaders Norman Besman, Bob Graham, Luke Rich, Mike Wheatcroft and Signe Hammer. A tree-lined stream and open farmland provide habitat for a rich variety of birds.

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February 21 Audubon Birdwalk at Tree-lined Rio Laja Site
Sun, Feb 21, 7:45am-Noon

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Audubon leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of every month—this month, that’s the 21st, the day after tomorrow. With leaders Bob Graham, Mike Wheatcroft and Norman Besman we’ll bird along the Rio Laja, near the bridge on the new road to Guanajuato. In addition to the wooded river trail, the varied habitat includes open farmland with big trees, and lots of sky for raptors. We’ll look for both residents and lingering winter visitors.



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The Mysteries of Albatross Flight Through the Eyes of an Oceanographer
Wed, Feb 17, 1:30pm

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To those that have witnessed it, the spectacular sight of an Albatross in flight over the open sea is a captivating experience that takes over the imagination and won't let go. Gliding, dipping and looping over the surface of the water, Albatrosses can fly for thousands of miles, even around the world, with hardly a flap of their wings.

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Upcoming Audubon Nature Matters Lecture and Film Series

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Audubon de Mexico is excited to start 2016 with a new home for our Nature Matters series of films, workshops and presentations. Our new location is San Miguel's cultural centerpiece, El Nigromante - Bellas Artes, where in addition to spaces devoted to cultural activities there will soon be a beautiful nature garden created by Audubon for birds, bees and butterflies.

Bird is the word for our January and February Nature Matters presentations that will appeal to anyone who is intrigued by birds - those beautiful, interesting, and sometimes funny creatures who are our closest wildlife neighbor.

Whether you are a novice birder, an old hand, or simply interested in learning more about our local birds, please join us for these presentations and become inspired and uplifted by the human-bird connection.

These presentations coincide and will help you to prepare for two important citizen volunteer research projects: Programa de Aves Urbana, an urban bird census project, and The International Great Backyard Bird Count which takes place on February 12-15.

Your help in counting birds will help scientists understand the global health, distribution and movements of birds, all early warning signs of changes in the environment that affect all living things and will help Audubon develop strategies for reestablishing urban wildlife habitat, through our Nature in the City program, and to monitor our progress over time. Habitat loss, especially in urbanized areas, is one of the greatest challenges to birds and wildlife. While some native and migratory birds can still be observed in our parks and neighborhoods, our goal is to ensure their continued survival and to ultimately attract a greater number of species to our urban landscape to maintain a rich, resilient and healthy place for all of us to live.

More details on these volunteer bird research projects will be available at our events and will be posted to our website.

Click here to view information on our three January and February presentations.

 
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Birding 101 with Signe Hammer: Getting to Know Our Backyard Birds.
Wednesday, January 27 1:30 pm

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Do you ever wonder about those colorful red or yellow birds in your patio? Want to know the difference between a warbler and a wren, a Kiskadee and a kingbird? Every bird we don’t know is a delightful mystery, and each provides clues to their identities with their colors, shapes, sizes and songs.

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Film Presentation - Birders: The Central Park Effect
Tuesday, February 2nd 1:30 pm

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Birders: The Central Park Effect is an exceptional documentary takes you inside one of the world's most famous urban green spaces, New York City's Central Park, to reveal the amazing variety and numbers of birds and birders that are drawn to the park, especially during the spring and fall migrations. Devoting equal time and affection to the birds and the New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the seasonal rhythms of migration, the film tells a story of humanity, nature and the precarious balance between the two.

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Birding Beyond the Colors
Tuesday, February 9, 1:30 pm

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Birds play many important roles in our environment: pollinating plants, controlling insects, dispersing seeds, and recycling nutrients back into the earth. Their changing patterns of migration and population can tell us about the effects of climate change, water quality, and changes to the landscape that affect not only birds, but people and all living things.

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January 17 Audubon Birdwalk: Bridge over the Rio Laja
Sun, January 17, 7:45 am-Noon

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By Signe Hammer

San Miguel’s own Audubon de México leads a birdwalk on the third Sunday of each month; this month, it’s on the 17th of January. Each walk heads to one of five different sites within an easy drive from Centro. Sunday, with leaders Luke Rich, Norman Besman, Signe Hammer and Mike Wheatcroft, we’ll head to the bridge over the Rio Laja at Montecillo de Nieto, just past the back road into Atontonilco.


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Jump-start the New Year with the Second Annual San Miguel Christmas Bird Count
Sat, Jan 2, 8am

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Come join Audubon de México and kick off the new year with a fun day outdoors! Every year, from mid-December to early January, teams of birders in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Central and South America fan out to count, in a single day, all the birds they can find.

This year, San Miguel is counting on January 2.



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