Local birder Joe Fitzgibbon is leading a birding trip Saturday to Los Luceros Historic Site, which is rarely open for birding. Courtesy/PEEC
The community is invited to join PEEC and local birder Joe Fitzgibbon on a special birding outing Saturday, Oct. 6 at Los Luceros Historic Site.
Participants will spend the morning at the property, which features massive old-growth cottonwoods and fantastic Rio Grande habitat but is rarely open for birding. Space is limited to 12 participants and registration is required.
Los Luceros is a local gem of the New Mexico Historic Sites. More than 150 bird species have been seen at the property and it was once nominated as an Audubon Important Bird Area, but it is rarely open for birding. PEEC and New Mexico Historic Sites have partnered to open the site for this birding tour.
Participants should register for this trip at peecnature.org. The tour is $10 for PEEC members and $12 for non-members. The group will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6 a.m. and arrive at Los Luceros by 7 a.m. Attendees will spend half the day at the property and leave at about noon. Participants should come prepared with appropriate gear for all possible weather conditions. PEEC recommends wearing sturdy hiking shoes and bringing a backpack with water, snacks, rain gear, sunscreen and a hat.
Fitzgibbon, the trip leader, is a life-long Los Alamos resident with a wide range of interests in the outdoors and the history of the Pajarito Plateau. He retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2013. He has had the first and only sighting of a California Condor in Los Alamos, and it happened to be in his yard!
PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.