Great Backyard Bird Count

Saturday, February 16th from 9:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Location: Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, 27283 I-25 West Frontage Road,
La Cienega, NM. Link to Directions Here

Cost: Free

Note: Arrive Promptly at 9AM. The gate will be locked at 9:10AM. Check our website in case of a weather cancellation.

Spend a morning in the unique wetland habitat and learn about the diversity of birds from Rocky Tucker, volunteer bird guide.

Junco by Janice Tucker

Junco by Janice Tucker

The pond at The Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve attracts a wide variety of water birds, including grebes, ducks, herons and egrets, coots and rails, shorebirds, the belted kingfisher and an occasional gull. Songbirds, such as red-winged blackbirds and marsh wrens, nest in the cattail marsh bordering the pond. Others, like black phoebes and violet-green swallows, nest in trees along the banks of the pond. Large cottonwoods and other trees along the cienega valley provide nest sites for red-tailed hawks, kestrels and herons. The riparian woodlands and the juniper savannas on drier upland slopes provide additional contrasting bird habitats.

About Rocky Tucker– Rocky has a life list of over 2500+ birds, 600 of which are in the US. He is a retired electrical engineer, oceanographer and mental health counselor. He is also a volunteer at El Rancho de los Golondrinas where he is everyone’s favorite person.

About the Great Backyard Bird Count– Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.