Amigos de la Sevilleta is a private, non-profit 501c(3) organization created to support the mission of
the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Website and images © 2019 by Amigos de la Sevilleta.

5th Annual Butterfly Count

  • Saturday, August 24, 2019
  • 9 am - 3 pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • No reservation required
  • Free

Join us for a day in search of butterflies as part of the North American Butterfly Association count. Hiking boots recommended; bring your own lunch/snacks and plenty of water. Hiking will be over uneven terrain. Meet at the Visitor Center and we will divide participants into an uplands team and a riparian team. No experience necessary!

Sponsored by SNWR.

4th Annual Moth Night

  • Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • 7 - 10 pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • No reservation required
  • Free

Moths are abundant at the refuge and we will try to find and identify as  many as we can in the area around the Visitor Center.

Sponsored by SNWR.

Decorate the tree!

  • Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • 1 - 3 pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • No reservation required
  • Free

Join Artist Janice Havlena for a unique opportunity making Christmas tree ornaments! New Mexico is providing one large tree for the White House West Lawn and 70+ smaller companion trees to adorn offices throughout Washington, DC. Help us reach our goal of providing 10,000 handmade ornaments from New Mexico. Kids and parents welcome.

Sponsored by SNWR.

Hummingbird Banding

  • Saturdays, August 17, 2019
  • 8 am - 10 am
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • No reservation required
  • Free

Join Amigos President Ann Adams for a morning of banding hummingbirds! Learn some fascinating facts about these tiny birds and observe hummingbird banding.

Sunrise Hike

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • 5:30 am - 8 am
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • No reservation required
  • Free

Join us for this morning hike and watch the sun rise on the Refuge! Join Refuge staff on this 4 mile hike on the Ladrone Vista and Mesa View trails . Hiking will be moderate, over uneven surfaces, in arroyos and up hills.

World Migratory Bird Day

  • Saturday, May 18, 2019
  • 8 am - 2 pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Reservation required: 505-864-4021
  • Free

Help us celebrate World Migratory Bird Day! Join Refuge Manager Kathy Granillo for a hike in the riparian area in search of some of our wonderful winged migrant and resident birds. Grab your hiking boots, water, binoculars,
and lunch. We also suggest mosquito repellent. For more information on World Migratory Bird Day, visit www.birdday.org.

Sponsored by SNWR.

Wildflower Hike

  • Friday, May 10, 2019
  • 9:30 am - 1pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • No reservation required.
  • Free

Grab your hiking pole, lace up your boots and join a volunteer naturalist for this slow-moving, moderate hike exploring colorful wildflowers.

Early Spring Wildflowers

  • Friday, April 5, 2019
  • 9:00 am - Noon
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • No reservation required
  • Free

Cancelled due to lack of flowers in bloom. Will be rescheduled.

Join us for a 45 minute presentation by Tim Hankins focusing on the early spring wildflowers of Socorro County! Then head out on the trail with a Volunteer Naturalist to see some of our beautiful blooms! Hike will be over uneven terrain at a slow pace.

Pinos Rim Cactus Hike

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • 8:459 am - 3 pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Reservation required: 505-864-4021
  • Free

Explore Sevilleta on this strenuous hike along the rim of Los Pinos mountains. Join staff and naturalist on a search for amazing blooms. Pack your lunch, grab your hiking stick and make your reservations as spots fill fast!

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles

  • Friday, May 3, 2019
  • 10 am 
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • No reservation required
  • Free

Join author David Ryan for a book signing, lecture and hike.

Member-Only Annual Picnic

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • 8:45 am - 3 pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Space is limited. Reservation required. 505-864-4021
  • Free

Amigos, join us for outing on Sevilleta’s West Mesa! Take in the views, enjoy the company! Bring your lunch and camera. All participants must be Amigos members – you can join when you call or join online on the Membership page. Individual memberships start at $25, seniors at $20, and students at $10. 

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Annual Membership Meeting

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • 12:30 pm - 4 pm
  • No reservation required
  • At the Visitor Center
  • Free
  • Meeting is only for members of the Amigos de la Sevilleta (but you can join or renew at the meeting.)

At the Meeting, you can enjoy talking with fellow nature enthusiasts while sampling a variety of sweet and savory hors d`oeuvres as well as hot and cold drinks. We will have a short business meeting; the Amigos Board and refuge staff will present their plans for the Refuge over the coming year and we will hold a quick confirmation election for the 2019 Amigos board. At 2:00 pm, Justin Stevenson will talk about bats and their importance in our ecology…he’ll even bring a few for us to meet!

Full Moon Hike

  • Sunday, January 20, 2019 (Even if the Federal shutdown is still in place)
  • 4:30 - 8 pm
  • No reservation required
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Free

Join an Amigos de la Sevilleta Volunteer Naturalist on this guided hike! Take in the beauty of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge under the full moon. Approximately a 4 mile moderate to strenuous hike over uneven surfaces and in arroyos and up hills.

Geology of San Lorenzo Canyon

Join Refuge staff and a volunteer naturalist for the geologic exploration of San Lorenzo Canyon. Learn about the forces that shaped this beautiful landscape. Bring your boots, Lunch, water, camera and hiking poles. 

Sponsored by SNWR.

  • Friday, December 7, 2018
  • 9 am - 2 pm
  • Free
  • Space is limited.
  • Reservations required. 505-864-4021

Hike Back in Time

  • Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • 10 am - 3 pm
  • Free
  • Space is limited.
  • Reservations required. 505-864-4021

Join Refuge staff and Naturalist in this hike back in time and take in some fascinating views! Learn some fascinating facts about the people who once inhabited the area and what they left behind. Hiking will be arduous and over uneven surfaces.

Sponsored by SNWR.

Join staff, volunteers, and your friends for a fun day of family activities. Winners of the Drawn to Sevilleta competition will be honored.

  • Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • 1- 4 pm
  • Free

Sevilleta Fall Family Days

Geology of Cibola Canyon

  • Friday, October 12, 2018
  • 9 am - 3 pm
  • Free
  • Space is limited.
  • Reservations required. 505-864-4021

Take part in this program exploring the awe-inspiring geology of Cibola Canyon located in Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Learn some remarkable facts about the geology of the area while taking in some amazing scenery. Grab your hiking boots for some short hikes over uneven terrain. Pack your lunch and your camera! 

Sponsored by SNWR.

Moth Night and Friends!

  • Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • 4 - 8 pm
  • Free
  • Reservations not required

Join us for an evening focused on moths and other insects that call Sevilleta home. Program will be indoors and out-of-doors, dress for the weather, hiking will be over uneven terrain. Come and experience Sevilleta at dusk. 

 

Sponsored by SNWR.

Full Moon Photography

Join Refuge staff and naturalists for this opportunity to explore Sevilleta NWR under the Full Harvest Moon! Any level of photography is welcome, program will be hiking based. Hiking will be over uneven terrain, dress for the weather.

Sponsored by SNWR.

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • 5:30 - 8 pm
  • Free
  • No reservations required

Wildflower Hike

  • Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • 9 - noon
  • Free
  • Reservations not required

Join us for this fall wildflower hike! Enjoy Ladrone Vista Trail with Volunteer Naturalists and learn about the flowering flora and take in the views! 

Butterfly Count

  • Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • 9 am - 2 pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Reservations not required
  • Free

For more information, please call the Refuge at 505-684-4021.

Hummingbird Banding

  • Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • 8 am - 10 am
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Reservations not required
  • Free

Join us for hummingbird banding with Ann Adams, President, Amigos de la Sevilleta.

Ladrones Vista Trail Hike

  • Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • 7 am - noon
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Reservations not required
  • Free
  • Sponsored by Sevilleta NWR

Join Refuge staff and Volunteer Naturalists to celebrate the completion of our newest trail– Ladrones Vista Trail! Get outside and enjoy the scenery, this trail has spectacular views of the Ladrones and the Middle Rio Grande Valley. Hike will be approximately 5 miles over uneven surfaces: lace up your boots, grab your hat, sunscreen and bring plenty of water. 

Hummingbird Banding

  • Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • 8 am - 10 am
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Reservations not required
  • Free

Join us for hummingbird banding with Ann Adams, President, Amigos de la Sevilleta 

Feathered Friends Hike

  • Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • 8 am - 2 pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Call 505-864-4021 to reserve your spot
  • Free

Help us celebrate World Migratory Bird Day! Join Refuge Manager Kathy Granillo for a hike in the riparian area in search of some of our wonderful winged migrant and resident birds. Grab your hiking boots, water, binoculars,
and lunch. We also suggest mosquito repellent. For more information on World Migratory Bird Day, visit www.birdday.org.

Member-Only Annual Picnic

  • Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • 8:45 am - 3 pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Space is limited. Reservations required. Please call 505-864-4021 or email events@amigosdelasevilleta.org
  • Free

Cibola – It’s not the Seven Cities of Gold but it’s beautiful all the same. Cibola Canyon is one of the hidden treasures of Sevilleta NWR. Waterfalls, beautiful vistas, birds, fossils, spring flowers – what more could you ask? Plus you spend time with your fellow Amigos. Bring your own lunch - beverages and dessert will be provided. Exploring the canyon requires a short walk and a little scrambling over rocks and brush. A walking stick might prove useful to some. Bring binoculars, camera, and camp chair if you want. All participants must be Amigos members in good standing – you can join when you call or join online on the Membership page. Individual memberships start at $25, seniors at $20, and students at $10. Dress for the weather – hat, sturdy shoes, and sunscreen

Wildflower Hike

  • Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • 9 am
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • No reservations required
  • Free

Flower power! Join a volunteer naturalist on this wildflower hike! Grab your hiking pole, lace up your boots and join us for this slow moving moderate hike while exploring the colorful wildflowers.

Pinos Rim Cactus Hike

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • 9 am - 3 pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Call 505-864-4021 to reserve your spot
  • Free

Explore Sevilleta on this strenuous hike along the rim of Los Pinos mountains. Join staff and naturalist on a search for amazing blooms. Pack your lunch, grab your hiking stick and make your reservations as spots fill fast!

  • Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • 9 am
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • No reservations required
  • Free

Meet the Natives

Join a volunteer naturalist on this guided hike focusing on native plants! Hiking will be moderate and over uneven terrain. Lace up your boots, grab your hiking stick and camera and hit the trail with us.

Habitat Restoration Project

  • Friday, February 16, 2018
  • 9 am - 2 pm
  • Contact Jeannine Kimble
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Free
  • Transportation to the site by government or personal vehicles

Get your hands dirty! Help restore native habitat on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is enhancing riparian acres with native willows to benefit southwestern willow flycatchers. Bring gloves, sun protection, and a sack lunch.  Snacks and water will be provided.

Great Backyard Bird Count

  • Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • 8 am - noon
  • No reservation required
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Free

We will be counting birds from 8 am to about 9:30 am at the Visitor Center, and then take a hike on one of the trails and be back at the Visitor Center by noon. Come join us for part or all of the morning.

Line Shacks of Sevilleta NWR

  • Friday, March 2, 2018
  • 9 am - 2 pm
  • Please call 505-864-4021 to reserve a spot.
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Free

Join Refuge staff and naturalist for this presentation focusing on line shacks of Sevilleta and the Silver Creek area. Line shacks are small rustic cabins used by ranchers tending herds. Typically, they are located near a well or other water source. Hiking will be over uneven terrain; dress for the weather.

Sevilleta and the El Camino Real
Part 2 - Tour

  • Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • 9 am - 2 pm
  • Please call 505-864-4021 to reserve a spot.
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Free

Join us for Part 2 of our El Camino Real series with Tom Harper and Refuge staff. Walk the El Camino and enjoy the views and fascinating facts about the area. Hiking will be limited and over uneven surfaces.

Sevilleta and the El Camino Real
Part 1 - Lecture

  • Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • 11 am - 12:30 pm
  • Please call 505-864-4021 to reserve a spot.
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Free

Learn about the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro from historian Tom Harper. View images from Tom’s research and learn fascinating facts.

Super Blood Blue Moon Hike

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • 4:30-7
  • No reservations required.
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Free

Once in a blue moon is only once every few years, but once in a super, blue, blood moon is just once every few decades. Take a naturalist-guided tour of Sevilleta NWR by the light of this rare alignment of three different lunar phenomena—a total lunar eclipse, a full moon at perigee, and a blue moon. (We won't see the full eclipse which happen 12 hours earlier than this hike.) Hiking will be over uneven surfaces, bring your flashlight, hiking stick and water.

The Bees of New Mexico
 with special attention to those found in Sevilleta NWR

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Annual Meeting
of Amigos de la Sevilleta

  • Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • 1- 4 pm
  • Please call 505-864-4021 or send an email to events@amigosdelasevilleta.org to reserve a spot. Amigos Members and non-Members welcome.
  • At the Visitor Center
  • Free

Enjoy food, conversation, and a talk by Dr. Olivia Carril on the bees of New Mexico.

New Mexico is a hotspot of biodiversity for native solitary bees, with an estimated 1000 species in the state, representing about 1/4th of all the bees found in North America.  Unlike the honeybee, these bees do not make honey, do not live in hives, and there are no queens and worker bees.  Dr. Carril will discuss their role in pollinating the majority of New Mexico's flowering plants, and reveal how they are essential to ecosystem health.  She will also share results of her field research on some of the more interesting solitary bees that occur in the Sevilleta.

Dr. Olivia Carril is a coauthor of The Bees in Your Backyard:  A Field Guide to North America's Bees.  She is currently working on surveys of the bees of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and Bandelier National Monument.

The Amigos Board will also briefly report on matters pertinent to the operation of the group, including membership, finances, and accomplishments.

A Hike Back in Time

  • Friday, January 5, 2018
  • 9 am - 3 pm
  • Please call 505-864-4021 to reserve a spot.
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Free

Join Refuge staff and naturalist for this hike along the Rio Grande and learn about ancient times and wild creatures. This 3 mile hike will offer 360 degree views of the Middle Rio Grande Valley and explore ancient villages. Keep your eyes open for birds! This is an arduous hike through, steep, rocky off-trail terrain. Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended.

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Celebrate Sevilleta!

Saturday, October 21

Celebrate Sevilleta! is an annual opportunity to experience New Mexico’s most ecologically diverse refuge. This year, we’re offering new tours (some of which require reservations), new hands-on activities, new exhibitors, new Ten Minute Talks, live animals, live music, drinks & snacks, photography and haiku contests, and most of all—the chance to spend the day enjoying the memorable place that is Sevilleta NWR.

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Native Plants and Their Uses

Join a Volunteer Naturalist from Amigos de la Sevilleta on this short hike to learn about Native plants and their many uses. Hiking will be 2 – 3 miles, moderate and over uneven surfaces, in arroyos and up hills. Lace up your hiking boots, dress for the weather and don’t forget your camera

Explore Sevilleta NWR under the light of a full moon! Join a Volunteer Naturalist from Amigos de la Sevilleta on this 3.5 hike on the Mesa View Trail under the light of the full moon. Hiking will be moderate, over uneven surfaces, in arroyos and up hills.

  • Saturday, June 24
  • 8-10pm
  • No reservation required
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Free

Full Moon Hike

2017 Butterfly Count

  • Saturday, August 26
  • 9 am - 3 pm
  • Call 505-864-4021 to sign up
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Free

No experience necessary! Join us for a day of exploring Sevilleta NWR in search of butterflies as part of the North American Butterfly Association count! Dress for the weather, please hydrate before and bring plenty of water, hiking will be over uneven surfaces! We will have an uplands and a riparian team.

2nd Annual Sevilleta Moth Night

  • Saturday, September 23
  • 4 pm Walking Tour
  • 7-11pm Indoor presentation then moth observation outside
  • No reservation required
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Free

Learn about moths from noted researcher Eric Metzler, join him on a hunt for caterpillars near the Visitor Center—and then hang out and see what comes to the light! Eric Metzler is the 2014 recipient of the National Park Service’s Intermountain Regional Director’s Award for his longterm moth studies as a volunteer at White Sands National Monument. Metzler found 1,000 species of moths at White Sands, almost 4% of which live no place else on earth. In 2015, Metzler received world-wide media attention when he sold naming rights on eBay for one of the White Sands’ moths he discovered. Money from the winning bid was used to support further moth research. Reservations aren’t required unless you are interested in staying overnight at the UNM Field Station. The inexpensive lodging is in casitas designed for researchers—a private bedroom, but the bathroom may be shared. Contact Program Manager Stephanie Baker to check on availability: srbaker@sevilleta.unm.edu or call (317)514-1978.

Petroglyphs and Pueblos

  • Monday, September 30, 2019
  • 9 am - 3 pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Reservation required. Call 505 864-4021
  • Free

Join Refuge staff and Naturalist in this hike exploring petroglyphs and pueblos! Enjoy this hike back in time and take in some fascinating views! Learn some fascinating facts about the people who once inhabited the area and what they left behind. Hiking will be arduous and over uneven surfaces. Space is limited.

Sponsored by SNWR.

Mountains, Canyons and Plateaus oh my! Join us for this geologic exploration of Silver Creek. Expect to see varied wildlife and remarkable views guaranteed! Hiking will be 2 – 3 miles, moderate and over uneven surfaces, in arroyos and up hills. Lace up your hiking boots, grab your hiking poles and dress for the weather. Don’t forget to bring your lunch. Space is limited.

Sponsored by SNWR.

  • Saturday, October 19, 2019
  • 9 am - 3 pm
  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • Reservation required. Call 505 864-4021
  • Free

Silver Creek Geology