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Nature in the City: Bird Is the Word

Green San Miguel

By April Gaydos, photo by Bob Graham

Audubon de México is excited to start the new year with a new home for our “Nature Matters” series of films, workshops, and presentations. Our new location is San Miguel’s cultural centerpiece, El Nigromante Bellas Artes where, in addition to spaces devoted to cultural activities, there will soon be a beautiful nature garden created by Audubon for birds, bees, and butterflies.

Audubon de México’s “Nature Matters” Presentations
Wed, Jan 27; Tue, Feb 2; and Wed, Feb 10, 1:30pm
Bellas Artes Auditorium
Hernández Macías 75
April Gaydos, 415 106 1746
Donation 60 pesos (Audubon members free)

Bird is the word for our January and February “Nature Matters” programs, which will appeal to anyone who is intrigued by birds—those beautiful, interesting, and sometimes funny creatures who are our closest wildlife neighbors.

Whether you are a novice birder, an old hand, or simply interested in learning more about our local birds, please join us for these presentations and become inspired and uplifted by the human–bird connection.

January 27, “Birding 101”: Audubon birding guide, Signe Hammer, introduces you to our most common local birds and provides you with helpful techniques for identifying them. Every bird provides clues to its identity with its color, shape, size, and song. Come and explore, through colorful photos and recordings, the many ways we can use our eyes and ears to identify birds.

February 2, “The Central Park Effect”: This is an inspirational film about humanity, nature, and the precarious balance between the two. It’s springtime in New York City, and the city’s biggest park is teeming with several hundred birders. The pleasure they derive from the birds is both contagious and poignant; to a birder, finding a feathered friend is like a celebrity sighting. Beautiful HD photography brings the diverse patterns, hues, and personalities of each bird to life.

February 10 “Birding Beyond the Colors”: Color is often the first thing we notice about a bird. However, many birds are similar in color and markings. Bob Graham, Audubon bird guide and naturalist, provides a fascinating and humorous presentation that will show you how to look beyond color to other clues that will help you past this dilemma.

These presentations coincide with two upcoming citizen-volunteer research projects: “Programa de Aves Urbana,” an urban bird census project, and “The International Great Backyard Bird Count,” which takes place February 12-15.

Contributing to these census projects will help scientists understand the global health, distribution, and movements of birds—all early warning signs of changes in the environment that affect all living things.

Locally, this information will be used to help Audubon develop strategies for re-establishing urban wildlife habitat through our Nature in the City program and to monitor our progress over time. Habitat loss, especially in urbanized areas, is one of the greatest challenges to birds and wildlife. While some native and migratory birds can still be observed in our parks and neighborhoods, our goal is to ensure their continued survival and to ultimately attract a greater number of species to our urban landscape, which will maintain a rich, resilient, and healthy place for all of us to live.

More details on these volunteer bird research projects will be available at our events and can also be found on our website:


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