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Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society

Chapter of the National

Audubon Society

P.O. Box 22083

Santa Fe, NM 87502-2083

Updated February 5, 2018

Newsletter Field Trips 2017-2018 Birding Information


Chapter meetings 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.


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Mrs. Bailey's Chickadee

The Chapter has named its newsletter after the Mountain Chickadee. Get a brief history of this bird and why it might well be called Mrs. Bailey's Chickadee.

February Chapter Meeting

Birding Copper Canyon and Lower Sonora

Bill West, Santa Fe bird guide extraordinaire, will discuss the birding opportunities in lower Sonora, Mexico and Copper Canyon. Bill has led numerous trips to the area and so will have lots to tell us and excite our desire to visit. The meeting will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 14, in the Education Building at the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary at the end of Upper Canyon Road in Santa Fe.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Randall Davey Audubon Center.

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 Randall 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

Birding Information and Links

Birding Santa Fe Canyon
Southwest New Mexico Birding Trail
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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.

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