New Mexico Tours

a   MAY 17-18, 2016   RUBY RANCH AND DEHAVEN RANCH    (SOLD OUT) In this two day tour we will visit two historic New Mexico ranches.  Ruby Ranch, a  20,000 acre working cattle ranch just north of Las Vegas, features a streamside habitat along Sapello Creek, as well as two large playa lakes.  DeHaven Ranch, west of Roy, has a marvelous riparian corridor along a tributary of Ute Creek as well as upland grasslands.  We will visit Ruby Ranch in the morning of 5/17 and then continue northeast to DeHaven.  We will have dinner provided by ranch co-owner Stephanie Brock.  Night accomodations are in the old bunkhouse which was once the DeHaven post office.  On May 18 we will spend the morning walking along the creek at the height of spring migration.  After lunch, we will bird the surrounding grasslands with chances to see Lark Bunting, Long-billed Curlew, and Mountain Plover.  Participants will need to bring lunch on May 17 and fixings for lunch on May 18 (refrigeration provided overnight at DeHaven).  Dinner on 5/17 and breakfast on 5/18 included.  Return to Santa Fe around 6-7pm.  $195 per person, pre-registration required.   JUNE 14, 2016   Los Trigos Ranch, Pecos Monastery, and Elk Mt. Come experience the Pecos River drainage from a private ranch east of Pecos to the high country above Terrero.  Breeding species encountered may include American Dipper, Three-toed Woodpecker, Dusky and Hammond's Flycatchers,  Plumbeous Vireo, Grace's, Virginia's, Black-throated Gray, and Macgillivray's Warblers, Gray Catbird.  Depart El Dorado at 6:15am and return 4-5pm.   $70 per person pre-registration required. JUNE 25, 2016  Slideshow of Birds of Southern Sonora and the Copper Canyon Bill will give a presentation at 5pm (1 hour mas o menos) at The Travel Bug on Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.  Photos will cover the birds and landscapes of southern Sonora, northern Sinaloa, and the Copper Canyon of southwest Chihuahua. JULY 07, 2016  Breeding birds of the east side of Santa Fe and the Ski Basin Road.  We will sample 4 different habitats during this morning tour.  6:30 am-11:00am.  $30 per person, preregistration required. AUGUST 25, 2016  Spirithaven Ranch, Santa Rosa and Ruby Ranch, Las Vegas.  This all day trip will feature two spectacular New Mexico Ranches during songbird and shorebird migration.  Santa Rosa is located on the Pecos River and offers the chance to see species such as Common Blackhawk, Mississippi Kite, and Northern Cardinal.  Ruby Ranch is a 20,000 acre working ranch that has a mix of deciduous riparian, grassland, and playa lake habitats.  Depart El Dorado at 6:00am and return 5:00pm.  $95 per person, pre-registration required.