Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Community Programs Spring 2019

The Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary invites you to join us at the many upcoming events this spring! We are introducing two new series of programs, while continuing our Birding 101 classes. We hope to see you soon.

Nature Walk Series

This spring we will be introducing a weeknight nature walk series featuring naturalist experts from New Mexico. Have you ever wondered how trees communicate? How the Sangre de Cristo mountains formed? How bees transform our gardens? Then this series is for you! Stay up-to-date with our Nature Walk calendar on our website or our Facebook page.

Family Fun Series

Bring a picnic and your sense of curiosity, because this spring we will be egg-sploring the many features of our favorite backyard friends! Eggs, nests, migration, and pollination will be investigated through nature-based play, crafts, and stories at the Randall Davey Audubon Center. Keep an eye out for monthly Family Fun programs on our website or our Facebook page.

*All programs have a suggested donation of $5 per person, or $10 per family, unless otherwise specified. Nobody will be turned away. Please register online to reserve your spot. See our  website or our Facebook page for more information.

ALL EVENTS

Birding 101 REI Santa Fe, Friday, March 29th, 2019, 2-4pm (Class, Ages 12+)

Need some help with your bird ID skills? Join Audubon NM staff for an introductory/refresher class on the birds commonly found around Santa Fe.  The program includes a classroom lecture of common species and ID tricks, followed by a short walk outside for field practice. Led by Director of Community Education, Katie Weeks, and volunteer bird-walk guide, Tom Taylor. BYOB (bring your own binoculars) or borrow a pair from our classroom set. This event is FREE. Please register via the REI website.

Acequia Community Day RDAC, Saturday, April 6th, 8:30am-12:00pm (Service Project, all ages)

All community members are welcome to join the annual cleaning day of the Acequia del Llano, which runs through RDAC property and along Upper Canyon Road. Acequias are ancient irrigation ditches that have been used in New Mexico for centuries and are integral to effective water management. All ages and experience are welcome; children should attend with adult supervision. Meet in the RDAC parking lot at 8:30 before receiving group assignments. Please bring gloves and tools, RDAC will have a limited supply to borrow. FREE. See more on our Facebook Event. Online RSVPs appreciated but not required.

Acequia Day Community Potluck RDAC, Saturday, April 6th, 12:00-1:00pm (all ages)

All are welcome to bring a dish to share at our potluck following acequia cleaning. Come celebrate as a community at the picnic tables in the orchard. You do not need to participate in the cleaning to attend the potluck, but please bring something to share. FREE. See more on our Facebook Event.

Let’s Egg-splore Together! RDAC, Friday, April 19th from 1:30-3:30pm (Family Program, ages 3-8)

It’s that time of year… the birds are preparing their nests for what’s to come. Join the Audubon education team for a nest and egg investigation, an egg hunt, a nest walk, and nature-based crafts and games. Feel free to pack a picnic and enjoy it on our lawn before the program. Register online.

Earth Day Nature Hike RDAC, Monday, April 22 10:30am-12:30pm (Nature Walk, ages 10+)

Grab your hiking boots! Join Steven Hamp, hydrologist and watershed specialist, for a guided nature hike in Bear Canyon. Come learn about the three major habitats at the Audubon Center that support a rich birding experience.  We will explore the characteristics of a healthy watershed and have a chance to see some migratory birds and some early wildflowers. Check out the Facebook event. Save your spot by registering online.

Tree Walk & Forest Bathing RDAC, Thursday, April 25 from 5:30-7pm  (Nature Walk, ages 10+)

Brian Arthur is a local environmental artist and designer. Through his thousands of journeys into the forests surrounding Santa Fe, he has developed a deep, intuitive understanding of the rhythms and beauty of the forest. Join us for a discussion on the science of tree communication and a walk up into Bear Canyon to explore forest bathing practices. Save your spot by registering online.

Birding 101 RDAC, Friday, April 26, 9:30-11:30am (Class, ages 12+)

Come celebrate John James Audubon’s birthday by learning all about birds!  Join Audubon NM staff for an introductory/refresher class on the birds commonly found around Santa Fe. The program includes a classroom lecture of common species and ID tricks, followed by a short walk around the gardens for field practice. Led by Director of Community Education, Katie Weeks, and volunteer bird-walk guide, Tom Taylor. BYOB (bring your own binoculars) or borrow a pair from our classroom set. Check out the Facebook event. Save your spot by registering online.

Earth Day at the Railyard Saturday, April 27th, 12:00-4:00pm (Community Festival, all ages)

Join the Railyard Park Conservancy, Audubon NM, and other environmental organizations for a free day of learning and family-friendly fun! Enjoy a day in the sun in the The Railyard Park, to celebrate the Earth and local biodiversity in honor of 2019's national Earth Day theme : Protect our Species.  This FREE Earth Day event will feature games, interactive activities for kids, live music, parades and animal ambassadors. See the Facebook Event for more.

Audubon Day at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology, 7 Old Cochiti Road, Santa Fe; Saturday, May  4th, 10:00am-2:00 pm (Community Festival, all ages)

Join the staff of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and Audubon New Mexico at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology for Audubon Day: A Celebration of Birds.” This collaborative event celebrates birds, their role in our world, and their significance within Native American cultures of the Southwest.  The celebration will include live rehabilitated birds, hands-on activities, community organizations, lectures, and demonstrations by Native American artists including: the creation of a turkey feather blanket by Mary Weahkee, a member of Santa Clara Pueblo and the Comanche Nation; playing of flutes and whistles made from bird bone by Marlon Magdalena of Jemez Pueblo; pottery making by Robert Tenorio of Santo Domingo Pueblo.
The event is free and is appropriate for all ages. Read more.

Migration Sensation RDAC, Friday, May 10th from 1:30-3:30pm (Family Program, ages 3-8)

Help us celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a special visit from a live bird from the New Mexico Wildlife Center. We will explore adaptations that birds use to survive these long journeys and how we can help them through hands-on investigations, games, crafts, and stories. Feel free to pack a picnic and enjoy it on our lawn before the program. Save your spot by registering online.

Watershed Nature Hike RDAC, Thursday, May 16th, 10:30-12:30pm (Nature Walk, ages 10+)

Grab your hiking boots! Join Steven Hamp, hydrologist and watershed specialist for a guided nature hike. Come learn about the three major habitats at the Audubon Center that support a rich birding experience.  We will explore the characteristics of a healthy watershed and have a chance to see some migratory birds and some early wildflowers. We will decide the trail based on conditions and recent wildlife/nature activity. Stay tuned for more details! Save your spot by registering online.

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