With about 500 different birds on New Mexico’s state bird list – one of the highest – it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of favorite places!

Birds are magical. They inspire us and have the ability to motivate us into action. Birds are a gateway to engage people in our natural world – through festivals, events, birding trails, volunteer opportunities, classes and bird clubs.

Northeast Region Interactive Birding Map

Bird Watching in Southwest New Mexico

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

New Mexico Chapters of the Audubon Society


Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive and every part of New Mexico has incredible birding hot spots. There are four Audubon chapters and many bird clubs around the state that offer field trips throughout the year. The website at nm.audubon.org, linked to the right, has resources and links to birding groups in Farmington, Ruidoso, Roswell, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Silver City, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and El Paso, Texas.

Fall migration is an incredible time of year to get your family connected to birds, nature and to conservation. Get out and start watching. Let yourself be inspired by the magic of birds. You’ll have a great time and maybe discover a special birding spot of your own.