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National Audubon Society
Mrs. Bailey's Chickadee
has named its newsletter after the Mountain Chickadee. Get a brief history
of this bird and why it might well be called Mrs.
Spring chapter meetings are scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month in February, March and April.
They will be held at 6:30 PM in the Education Building at the Randall Davey Audubon Center at the end of Upper
Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Speaker selection is currently underway.
About Audubon in Santa Fe
Welcome to the
web page for the Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society. We have approximately
1400 members in northern New Mexico, representing Santa Fe, Los Alamos,
Española, Taos, Las Vegas, and other communities. Santa Fe is also the
home of the
Davey Audubon Center, a scenic property at the end of Canyon Road owned
by the National Audubon Society and headquarters of the New Mexico Field Office. It
has a bookstore with hiking trails and can be contacted at 505-983-4609.
You are welcome to attend our monthly programs held in the Education Building at the Randall Davey Audubon
Center at the end of Upper Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month at
6:30 PM ( September - November and February - May ) on topics ranging from wildlife to conservation issues
to outdoors enjoyment, in New Mexico and worldwide. The Chapter also sponsors a wide variety of field trips
throughout the year. Check the links on this page for information on these activities.
For many years, Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society has focused its efforts on educational offerings for adults and conservation activities. We are cognizant of the need for nature education opportunities for children, particularly in the underserved areas of Santa Fe and surrounding communities. The Randall Davey Audubon Center of the National Audubon Society does provide these opportunities—though the need is always greater than the supply—and we have chosen to financially support the efforts of the Davey Center in this work, particularly with some of the local Pueblos.
Our conservation work covers a broad range of activities, from citizen-science efforts through our field trips and Christmas bird counts to direct advocacy work for birds and the natural world.
Birding Information and Links
Tribute to Patricia Snider
Patricia Rae Snider, of Trinidad, Colorado, passed away May 20, 2016. She was born in Rockford, daughter of Mable and Raymond Johnson on May 3, 1930. Pat graduated from East High School in 1948. Her passion was bird watching. She was the fourth member of the newly formed North Central Illinois Ornithological Society in 1948, and a charter member of the American Birding Association, which currently has over 30,000 members. She was one of the organizers and a founding board member of Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society and active in the Chapter for many years. She was also active in the New Mexico Ornithological Society.
In the 1950s she learned how to operate a computer at the Great Lakes Naval base, and by the 1970s, when her husband was transferred to Los Alamos, New Mexico, she was put in charge of one of four Cray Computers, at the time the largest computers in the world.
Pat used her computer skills to keep track of the birds of New Mexico, writing and editing records for the American Birds publication for ten years. She also advised birders looking for rare birds in New Mexico, including bird tour leaders. She received several awards recognizing her unique birding skills, including being featured in Albuquerque’s special 300th Anniversary publication recognizing 300 people of note in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she briefly lived.
She is survived by her daughter Karen and Ray Harrell of Trinidad, Colorado, and son Kevin Snider of Los Alamos, New Mexico; granddaughter Nicole and Bammer Tuning; great grandchildren Lilly and Hailee Bueck and Jazmine and Alex Tuning, all of Los Alamos and her brother Lee and Lynda Johnson.
Her ashes were spread in the Jemez Mountains per her request.
In her final years, she compiled records that she had accumulated over many years to present an historical review of records of the Bohemian Waxwing in New Mexico. Click on Bohemian Waxwing Records to view the article written by her.
Test Your Birding Skills
The Catagory Laboratory at Vanderbilt University
is looking for birders of all levels of experience to participate in a project examining how perception and memory for birds
differs between beginners and experts. These experiments are online on the web. They measure your ability to remember and identify
birds and sometimes other animals or objects. Many experiments are fairly short. They can be done on any computer, wherever and
whenever you decide to do them. Go online to register and test
your birding skills.