General Information

The Thursday Birders is a dedicated, inquisitive, jovial, and friendly group of birdwatchers. They embark on field trips nearly every Thursday throughout the year. Any exception to this regular schedule is posted on the BACNM Calendar. Thursday Birders is open to anyone interested in birds regardless of their experience. Trips last between 2.5 and 3 hours. For most trips, you don’t need to let the leader know you will be attending – just show up at the meeting spot no later than the specified time. You are encouraged to check this page before heading out in case of schedule changes or weather cancellations. For trips with limited numbers of vehicles or people, or for any other questions you have, contact thursdaybirders@gmail.com.

Please consider a voluntary $1 donation collected at the start of each trip that helps fund nature-related organizations. 

Click here – Checklist Archive – for eBird Checklists from past Thursday Birder trips
Click here – Thursday Birder Checklist – for a printable Thursday Birder Checklist or click here for how to print eBird checklists
Click here – History of Thursday Birders – for a history and more information on Thursday Birders


MARCH 2024

Date: March 7, 2024 Bernardo Wildlife Refuge
Time: 8:00am-3:00pm – Bring a lunch
Meeting Location: Meet at 8:00am in north parking lot of Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Pl NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
If driving directly meet at refuge at 8:40am. Take Exit #175, US60, go under overpass to get on east frontage road. Drive 0.5 miles north to entrance east of frontage road. Click here for refuge location
. Bring a lunch
Facilities: yes
Fees: No fee
Difficulty/Accessible: Drive 100 miles round trip on I-25, mostly driving at refuge with short walks along trails. Partially ♿ accessible 
Attendance Limit: 6 cars – please contact thursdaybirders@gmail.com by March 3rd if you plan on attending; please also state if you are prepared to carpool
Leader: Robert Munro
eBird Hotspot: Bernardo WMA

Date: March 14, 2024 Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
Time: 8:30am-11:00am
Meeting Location: 2901 Candelaria Rd NW, northeast corner of parking lot click here for meeting location

Description: behind the scenes with Nature Center volunteer Facilities: restrooms open at 10:00am
Fees: $3 parking fee, State Parks pass or Friends of the RGNC pass is required per car
Difficulty/Accessible: 1 mile some on flat; potentially narrow, uneven, sandy trails, partially ♿ accessible 
Attendance Limit: none
Leader: George Perry
eBird Hotspot: Rio Grande Nature Center SP

Date: March 21, 2024 Tingley Beach Trails and Ponds
Time: 8:00am-11:00am
Meeting Location: north parking lot, Tingley Drive SW, park north of fishing ponds, click here for map.
Description: Walk south along the riverside to ponds returning through bosque
Facilities: Restroom at end of walk
Fees: No fee
Difficulty/Accessible: 1-2 miles on mostly flat, sometimes narrow, sandy trails, partially ♿ accessible
Attendance Limit: none
Leader: Mary Raje
eBird Hotspot: ABQ BioPark–Tingley Lagoon (for the fishing ponds) and Rio Grande Valley SP–Tingley Beach bosque ponds

Date: March 28, 2024 Spring Break – no walk


APRIL 2024

Date: April 4, 2024 Los Poblanos Fields Open Space
Time: 8:30am-11:00am
Meeting Location: 6000-6018 Los Poblanos Field Trails off Montano, click here for map to Los Poblanos Fields parking
Description: Loop around fields looking for waterfowl, grassland birds, visit community gardens
Facilities: Port-a-cans at community gardens
Fees: No fee
Difficulty/Accessible: 1-2 miles on mostly flat wide trails and roads ♿
Attendance Limit: none
Leaders: Angela Hawthorne and Deanna Nichols
eBird Hotspot: Los Poblanos Open Space

Date: April 11, 2024 Peña Blanca and Cochiti Lake
Time: 8:00am-3:00pm
Meeting Location: 8:00am at Target at I-25 @ Paseo del Norte, Click here for parking/meeting location  Alternate meeting location at 8:40am, Pueblo Gas Inc, I-25@NM22 Click here for alternate location
Description: Walk around Peña Blanca then drive to Cochiti Lake picnic area for picnic lunch
Facilities: at Pueblo Gas Inc and at Cochiti picnic area
Fees: No fee
Difficulty/Accessible: Difficulty level: 100 miles, driving and stopping to bird, with short, mainly flat walks at stops, partially ♿ accessible 
Attendance Limit:
Leader: Bob Wilcox
eBird Hotspot: Peña Blanca (for the village) and Cochiti Lake

Date: April 18, 2024 Crick Avenue Greenbelt, Albuquerque
Time: 8:30am-11:30am
Meeting Location: Fidelity Investments complex at 5401 Watson Dr. SE. South on I-25, exit Rio Bravo, turn left, go under overpass, then turn right onto University Blvd, in about 2 miles turn left onto Crick Ave. At Turing Drive SE turn left into parking lot.  Park in southwest corner of parking lot – click here for Google map park here
Description: Bird the greenbelt
Facilities: none
Fees: none
Difficulty/Accessible: even ground along sidewalk, some dirt path, very shallow grades partially ♿ accessible
Attendance Limit: none
Leader: Barbara Hussey
eBird Hotspot: Crick Ave. Greenbelt

Date: April 25, 2024 Coyote del Malpais Golf Course – Grants
Time: 7:00am-2:00pm
Meeting Location: southeast corner of Lowe’s parking lot I40@12th St NW at 7am, click here for meeting location. Alternate meeting: Sky City Travel Center Express parking lot, I40, exit 89, at 7:45am click here for meeting location
Description: Bird the golf course, bring a picnic lunch or buy lunch in clubhouse
Facilities: Sky City Casino, golf course clubhouse
Fees: No fee
Difficulty/Accessible: 75-mile drive and three mile walk on golf course, fairly flat and partially ♿ accessible 
Attendance Limit: 15 people – email thursdaybirders@gmail.com by April 4 if you plan on attending; please also state where you plan to meet the group
Leaders: Peter Neils and Sue Chavez
eBird Hotspot: Coyote del Malpais Golf Course


MAY 2024

Date: May 2, 2024 Candelaria Nature Preserve
Time: 8:30am-11:00am
Meeting Location: West end of Arbor Road NW, off Rio Grande Blvd NW. Click here for meeting location
Description: Bird this newly opened Albuquerque Open Space
Facilities: None
Fees: No fee
Difficulty/Accessible: 1-2 miles on mostly flat wide trails and roads
Attendance Limit: 25
Leader: Glenda Morling
eBird Hotspot: Candelaria Nature Preserve (restricted access)

Date: May 9, 2024 Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
Time: 8:30am-12noon
Meeting Location: to carpool, meet at 8:30am in north parking lot of Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Pl NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102 If driving directly, meet at 9:10am at Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area, click here for location or meet at Whitfield park at Whitfield
Description: walk around Whitfield with Laura McCann, followed by a talk by Laura, with rescued raptors
Facilities: restrooms at visitor center
Fees: No fee
Difficulty/Accessible: 1-2 miles on mostly even sandy trails
Attendance Limit: none
Leader: Laura McCann, Education Director, Whitfield
eBird Hotspot: Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area

Date: May 16, 2024 Cienega Canyon
Time: 8:00am-11:00am
Meeting Location: meet at Four Hills Shopping Village on Central in front of Sprouts Grocery park here to meet group in town at 8:00am. Alternate meeting place park in LOWER lot at 8:20am
Description: The group will park in the lower parking lot in Cienega Canyon and walk up the road to the springs
Facilities: pit toilets are available
Fees: $3 per vehicle or national interagency park pass
Difficulty/Accessible: walk up the road, a medium to steep incline, around the boardwalk to the top parking lot and return: ♿ accessible
Attendance Limit: none
Leader: Perrianne Houghton
eBird Hotspot: Cibola NF–Cienega Canyon Picnic Area

Date: May 23, 2024 Rio Grande Valley SP – Riverview and Canopy Loop trails
Time: 8:00am-11:00am
Meeting Location: Depart from Sagebrush Church,  park here, east parking lot
Description: walk east and then north along bosque, returning along ditch
Facilities: no
Fees: none
Difficulty/Accessible: approximately 2 miles, flat, with some sandy areas partially ♿ accessible
Attendance Limit: none
Leader: Brian Anderson
eBird Hotspot: Rio Grande Valley State Park–Open Space Visitors Center bosque trails

Date: May 30, 2024 Romero Road – Corrales
Time: 8:00am-11:00am
Meeting Location: parking is limited on Romero Rd. Please meet at Boxing Bear Brewery 10200 Corrales Rd, click here for Boxing Bear location
Description: 1-2 miles, walk along ditches, along ditch bank, and through bosque
Facilities: no restrooms
Fees: no fee
Difficulty/Accessible: two miles some on flat; potentially uneven sandy trails with some ditch bank climbing necessary, partially ♿ accessible 
Attendance Limit: none
Leaders: Susan and Jim Hunter
eBird Hotspot: Corrales Bosque–Romero Rd. Entrance