Hawks Aloft Inc.
PO Box 10028
Albuquerque, NM 87184
Phone: 505 828-9455
Fax: 505 828-9769
E-Mail: gail@hawksaloft.org

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Breeding Bird Population Monitoring

Black-chinned Hummingbird, photograph by Keith Bauer

Black-chinned Hummingbird, photograph by Keith Bauer

Riparian corridors in New Mexico provide critical breeding habitat for a variety of species, including many of conservation concern, such as the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Hawks Aloft is working with the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Albuquerque Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management to monitor breeding bird populations. We survey a wide variety of sites throughout central and northern New Mexico each year. Sites include a variety of vegetation types, from native trees and shrubs to exotic salt cedar and Russian olive. Each site also has unique water flow conditions. Annual detection rates for riparian-dependent species and species of conservation concern, associated with local conditions, will help evaluate the health and management potential for some of New Mexico’s riparian sites.

MacGillivray's Warbler, photograph by Keith Bauer

MacGillivray’s Warbler, photograph by Keith Bauer