Venture to New Mexico

Townsend's Solitaire by Simon Thompson

Bosque del Apache, Las Vegas

& Sandia Mountains

January 14 - 22, 2024

Sandhill Cranes Photo by Simon Thompson

Your place on this Venture is reserved when your completed registration form and deposit of $300/person has been received. Deposit may be made via the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order (payable to ‘VENTURES BIRDING’) sent to PO Box 1095, Skyland, NC 28776. This Venture is limited to 10 participants.

Cost of the New Mexico Venture $3,500 per person from Albuquerque, based on double occupancy ($700 single supplement) Price includes: All transportation in New Mexico, accommodations, breakfasts, picnic lunches & evening meals, entry fees, taxes, gratuities (except tour guides) trip information packets, bird list & guide/leader service. Not included: Airfare to New Mexico, alcoholic beverages & drinks, laundry and other personal items.

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, in the heart of New Mexico along the Rio Grande, is the setting for one of the most spectacular birding phenomena in the country. At sunset throughout the winter, thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese leave their feeding areas in nearby farm fields to roost in the shallow ponds of the refuge. This "fly in" is not to be missed on our Venture to the refuge. Along with the cranes and geese, Bosque del Apache is the wintering grounds for a good number of Bald Eagles and other raptors; several species of ducks, such as Cinnamon Teal and Common Merganser; other waterfowl, including cormorants and grebes; and several western species of sparrows, like Clay-colored and Brewer's. A twelve-mile loop road gets us up close to the birds, which are accustomed to vehicles, and from which we can also see Ring-necked Pheasant, Western Meadowlark, as well as coyotes and Mule Deer. Arid areas around the impoundments will yield desert species, such as Greater Roadrunner, Gambel's and Scaled Quail, Canyon and Spotted Towhee, Pinyon Jay, and Canyon and Rock Wren. Nearby Elephant Butte Lake State Park has a large over- wintering population of waterfowl, also: including Western and Clark's Grebes, loons, and perhaps an unusual gull.

This Venture also includes a visit to the Sandia Mountains, near Albuquerque, where all three species of Rosy-finch (Brown-capped, Black, and Gray-crowned) occur, and Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, on the edge of the eastern prairies, for sparrows such as American Tree, as well as other grassland birds.

Join us for this exciting Venture to New Mexico, "The Land of Enchantment", for both birding and enjoying the local color in a beautiful part of the Southwest.

Some of the Birds We Hope to See

White-faced Ibis, Snow and Ross's Geese; Cinnamon Teal, Western and Clark's Grebe; Bald and Golden Eagles, Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Scaled and Gambel's Quail; Sandhill Crane, Greater Roadrunner, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black and Say's Phoebe; Steller's, Pinyon, and Scrub Jay; Rock Wren; Mountain and Western Bluebirds; Green-tailed, Spotted, and Canyon Towhees; Gray-crowned, Black, and Brown-capped Rosy-finches.