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Guide to Birding in New Mexico

Each winter, sandhill c ranes draw thousands of photographers, birders, and interested folks to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge . Photograph by Aaron Blanc. EARLY LAST SEPTEMBER, I walked…

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Bird-Watching Tips for Beginners

One of the best ways to learn birding is with other bird-watchers. Photograph by Yuriy Seleznev/Shutterstock. Gather the right tools. Bird-watching is a pretty inexpensive activity, but you need some…

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Editor's Letter: Close Call

Western bluebirds are a common sight in backyards across New Mexico. Photograph by Benoit Gauzere/Unsplash. I WAS MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS on a sunny November afternoon when a commotion arose in the…

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Call of the Plains

Above: A Swainson's hawk at Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge. Photographs by Jim O'Donnell. ON A BLUEBIRD MORNING IN MAY, Tony Godfrey pulls his pickup off a steep gravel road winding through a stand…

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Meet Our State Bird

ON MARCH 16, 1949, the New Mexico Legislature named as our official state avian species the “Chaparral Bird,” aka Geococcyx californianus , aka the greater roadrunner. Longtime hero of Saturday morning…

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