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Kirtland Air Force Base

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Albuquerque, New Mexico


KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE

Located near Albuquerque, New Mexico, KAFB is one of the largest installations in the Air Force Materiel Command. The base covers over 52,000 acres and employs about 20,000 people. KAFB began in the late 1930s as an Army Air Corps training field. The current mission is research and development. The 377th Air Base Wing is host organization, supporting more than 150 tenant groups. Included are Phillips Laboratory, the AF Operational Test and Evaluation Center, 58th Special Operations Wing, Defense Nuclear Agency's Field Command, and Sandia National Laboratories, a Dept. of Energy contractor.

The Natural Resources mission is to maintain awareness of land condition and prevent habitat destruction. Holdings include desert grasslands, and foothills and canyons of the Manzano Mountains. It includes parts of the Cibola National Forest, Madera, Otero and Bonito Canyons. Natural water sources are limited to 5 springs with the Coyote Springs picnic area being the most accessible. Wildlife 'guzzlers', however, have been installed at nine locations throughout the range. Several small seasonal ponds associated with the Tijeras Arroyo Golf Course provide habitat for wetland birds.

Resource management coordination with military operation has resulted in excellent wildlife habitat. Military mission precludes access to much of Kirtland AFB except with special permission. For more information, contact the Natural Resources Office at 505-846-6857.


SPECIES OCCURRENCE LEGEND
Species

GREBES                             |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec|

Pied-billed Grebe                  |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|
Eared Grebe                9.23.85 |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|--5|---|---|---|

BITTERNS & HERONS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Snowy Egret 7.20.87 |---|---|---|---|---|---|-5-|---|---|---|---|---| Black-crowned Night Heron " |---|---|---|---|---|---|-5-|---|---|---|---|---|
DUCKS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Green-winged Teal |555|444|444|444|444|---|---|---|--4|444|455|555| Mallard |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Blue-winged Teal |---|---|---|-44|444|---|---|---|444|44-|---|---| Cinnamon Teal |---|---|444|44-|---|---|---|---|444|44-|---|---| Northern Shoveler |555|555|444|444|444|---|---|---|444|444|555|555| Gadwall |555|555|444|444|---|---|---|---|444|444|445|555| American Wigeon |---|---|444|444|---|---|---|---|444|444|4--|---| Redhead |---|---|555|---|---|---|---|---|555|---|---|---| Ring-necked Duck |555|444|444|---|---|---|---|---|444|444|444|555| Ruddy Duck |555|554|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|445|555|555|
AMERICAN VULTURES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Turkey Vulture |---|---|-43|111|344|444|444|443|333|---|---|---|
KITES, EAGLES, & HAWKS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Osprey |---|---|---|344|---|---|---|---|444|---|---|---| Bald Eagle |---|-55|445|---|---|---|---|---|---|555|---|---| Northern Harrier |555|555|444|444|---|---|---|---|444|444|555|555| Sharp-shinned Hawk |333|333|333|323|44-|---|---|---|322|222|333|333| Cooper's Hawk |444|444|443|222|444|444|444|444|322|344|444|444| Northern Goshawk |555|555|554|445|555|555|555|555|544|445|555|555| Swainson's Hawk |---|---|---|444|444|444|444|444|332|3--|---|---| Red-tailed Hawk |333|333|323|333|333|333|333|333|332|222|333|333| Ferruginous Hawk |---|---|555|5--|---|---|---|---|555|555|---|---| Golden Eagle |444|444|333|334|444|444|444|444|444|333|444|444|
FALCONS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| American Kestrel |444|444|444|333|444|444|444|444|323|333|444|444| Merlin |555|555|555|5--|---|---|---|---|--4|444|555|555| Peregrine Falcon |555|555|444|444|---|---|---|---|-44|555|555|555| Prairie Falcon |555|555|444|455|555|555|555|555|544|455|555|555|
TURKEYS & QUAIL |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Wild Turkey |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444| Scaled Quail |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|
COOTS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| American Coot |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|
CRANES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Sandhill Crane |---|-44|44-|---|---|---|---|---|---|-44|4--|---|
PLOVERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| American Golden-Plover 4.28.86 |---|---|---|--5|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---| Killdeer |555|555|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|555|555|
STILTS & AVOCETS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Black-necked Stilt 5.16.88 |---|---|---|---|-5-|---|---|---|---|---|---|---| American Avocet |---|---|---|-55|55-|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
SANDPIPERS & PHALAROPES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Greater Yellowlegs 7.20.87 |---|---|---|---|---|---|--5|---|---|---|---|---| Willet 4.28.86 |---|---|---|--5|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---| Spotted Sandpiper |---|---|---|-44|444|4--|-44|4--|---|---|---|---| Western Sandpiper 9.21.87 |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|--5|---|---|---| Least Sandpiper |---|---|---|--4|44-|---|---|---|---|---|---|---| Baird's Sandpiper 3.21.88 |---|---|--5|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---| Common Snipe |---|---|444|---|---|---|---|---|444|---|---|---| Wilson's Phalarope |---|---|---|-44|4--|---|---|---|---|---|---|---| Red-necked Phalarope 9.17.85 |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|-5-|---|---|---|
PIGEONS & DOVES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Rock Dove |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Band-tailed Pigeon |---|---|---|--5|555|---|---|---|555|555|---|---| Mourning Dove |444|444|444|222|222|222|222|222|222|244|444|444| Greater Roadrunner |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|
OWLS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Flammulated Owl |---|---|---|-44|444|444|444|444|555|---|---|---| Western Screech-Owl |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444| Great Horned Owl |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Northern Pygmy-Owl |---|---|---|--5|5--|---|---|---|---|---|---|---| Burrowing Owl |444|444|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|444|444|
GOATSUCKERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Common Nighthawk |---|---|---|---|-44|444|444|444|444|44-|---|---| Common Poorwill |---|---|---|--4|444|444|444|444|444|44-|---|---|
SWIFTS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Black Swift 7.29.94 |---|---|---|---|---|---|--5|---|---|---|---|---| White-throated Swift |---|---|555|433|333|444|444|333|333|555|---|---|
HUMMINGBIRDS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Black-chinned Hummingbird |---|---|---|-43|333|333|333|333|444|4--|---|---| Calliope Hummingbird |---|---|---|---|---|---|-44|444|44-|---|---|---| Broad-tailed Hummingbird |---|---|---|333|333|333|333|333|334|---|---|---| Rufous Hummingbird |---|---|---|---|---|---|-42|222|222|23-|---|---|
KINGFISHERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Belted Kingfisher |---|---|555|444|---|---|---|444|555|---|---|---|
WOODPECKERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Lewis' Woodpecker |---|---|-44|444|44-|---|---|-44|444|44-|---|---| Acorn Woodpecker |---|---|---|---|---|555|---|---|---|---|---|---| Red-naped Sapsucker |444|444|333|334|---|---|---|---|433|333|444|444| Williamson's Sapsucker |444|444|444|4--|---|---|---|---|--4|444|444|444| Ladder-backed Woodpecker |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Downy Woodpecker |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444| Hairy Woodpecker |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Northern Flicker |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Olive-sided Flycatcher |---|---|---|--4|444|4--|---|--4|444|4--|---|---| Western Wood-Pewee |---|---|---|---|333|333|333|333|333|---|---|---| Dusky Flycatcher |---|---|---|-43|344|---|---|--3|333|3--|---|---| Gray Flycatcher |---|---|---|-44|442|222|222|222|444|---|---|---| Cordilleran Flycatcher |---|---|---|---|555|5--|---|---|555|5--|---|---| Black Phoebe |---|---|555|555|---|---|---|---|555|5--|---|---| Say's Phoebe |---|---|444|442|222|222|222|222|244|44-|---|---| Ash-throated Flycatcher |---|---|---|-33|222|222|222|333|444|---|---|---| Cassin's Kingbird |---|---|---|-43|333|333|333|333|334|---|---|---| Western Kingbird |---|---|---|-44|333|333|333|333|344|---|---|---|
LARKS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Horned Lark |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|
SWALLOWS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Tree Swallow |---|---|555|55-|---|---|---|---|555|---|---|---| Violet-green Swallow |---|---|-42|222|222|333|333|222|224|---|---|---| No. Rough-winged Swallow |---|---|---|-44|444|555|555|444|444|---|---|---| Bank Swallow |---|---|---|-55|555|555|555|555|555|---|---|---| Cliff Swallow |---|---|---|-44|444|444|444|444|444|---|---|---| Barn Swallow |---|---|---|-44|433|333|333|333|344|44-|---|---|
JAYS & CROWS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Steller's Jay |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Western Scrub-Jay |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Pinyon Jay |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| American Crow |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Common Raven |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|
TITMICE AND CHICKADEES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Mountain Chickadee |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Plain Titmouse |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|
BUSHTITS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Bushtit |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|
NUTHATCHES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Red-breasted Nuthatch |333|333|333|333|333|---|---|---|333|333|333|333| White-breasted Nuthatch |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Pygmy Nuthatch |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|
CREEPERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Brown Creeper |333|333|333|333|555|555|555|555|333|333|333|333|
WRENS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Rock Wren |---|---|---|442|222|222|222|224|444|444|---|---| Canyon Wren |444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444| Bewick's Wren |444|444|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|244|444| House Wren |---|---|---|-33|333|---|---|-33|333|3--|---|---|
KINGLETS & GNATCATCHERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Golden-crowned Kinglet |444|444|444|444|44-|---|---|---|---|444|444|444| Ruby-crowned Kinglet |---|---|422|222|24-|---|---|422|222|222|---|---| Blue-gray Gnatcatcher |---|---|---|433|333|---|---|-33|333|3--|---|---|
THRUSHES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Eastern Bluebird |555|555|555|55-|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|555| Western Bluebird |222|222|222|222|333|333|333|333|222|222|222|222| Mountain Bluebird |111|112|222|222|444|444|444|444|222|222|221|111| Townsend's Solitaire |222|222|222|222|444|444|444|444|222|222|222|222| Hermit Thrush |---|---|---|-43|333|333|333|333|333|344|---|---| American Robin |111|112|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|211|111|
MOCKINGBIRDS & THRASHERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Northern Mockingbird |---|---|---|-32|222|222|222|222|333|---|---|---| Sage Thrasher |444|444|333|334|---|---|---|-43|333|333|444|444| Crissal Thrasher |555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|555|
PIPITS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| American Pipit |---|---|444|---|---|---|---|---|444|---|---|---|
WAXWINGS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Cedar Waxwing |444|444|444|444|444|---|---|---|444|444|444|444|
SHRIKES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Loggerhead Shrike |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|
STARLINGS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| European Starling |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|
VIREOS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Gray Vireo |---|---|---|--3|333|333|333|333|3--|---|---|---| Solitary Vireo |---|---|---|-33|333|333|333|333|333|34-|---|---| Warbling Vireo |---|---|---|---|444|555|555|555|444|---|---|---|
WOOD WARBLERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Orange-crowned Warbler |---|---|---|--4|444|---|---|---|433|33-|---|---| Virginia's Warbler |---|---|---|-33|333|333|333|333|334|---|---|---| Yellow Warbler |---|---|---|---|-44|---|---|---|444|---|---|---| Yellow-rumped Warbler |---|---|---|322|222|3--|--3|222|222|223|3--|---| Black-throated Gray Warbler |---|---|---|-42|222|222|222|222|244|---|---|---| Townsend's Warbler |---|---|---|-55|555|---|---|-43|333|3--|---|---| Grace's Warbler |---|---|---|-43|333|333|333|334|44-|---|---|---| Northern Waterthrush 5.18.87 |---|---|---|---|-5-|---|---|---|---|---|---|---| MacGillivray's Warbler |---|---|---|---|433|3--|---|--3|333|---|---|---| Wilson's Warbler |---|---|---|-44|444|---|---|-43|333|3--|---|---|
TANAGERS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Hepatic Tanager |---|---|---|---|444|555|555|444|444|---|---|---| Western Tanager |---|---|---|---|333|333|333|444|444|---|---|---|
CARDINALS AND GROSBEAKS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Black-headed Grosbeak |---|---|---|---|222|222|222|222|244|---|---|---| Blue Grosbeak |---|---|---|---|-55|555|555|555|555|5--|---|---|
SPARROWS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Green-tailed Towhee |---|---|---|-43|333|---|---|444|333|444|---|---| Spotted Towhee |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Canyon Towhee |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Rufous-crowned Sparrow |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Chipping Sparrow |---|---|---|444|333|333|333|333|333|444|---|---| Clay-colored Sparrow |---|---|---|---|555|---|---|---|555|---|---|---| Brewer's Sparrow |---|---|--4|333|344|---|---|--4|333|444|---|---| Black-chinned Sparrow |---|---|--4|333|333|333|333|333|334|44-|---|---| Vesper Sparrow |---|---|---|444|4--|---|---|-43|333|3--|---|---| Lark Sparrow |---|---|---|---|333|444|444|333|333|---|---|---| Black-throated Sparrow |---|---|--4|333|333|333|333|333|444|4--|---|---| Sage Sparrow |555|555|555|55-|---|---|---|---|---|444|555|555| Song Sparrow |444|444|444|444|---|---|---|---|-44|444|444|444| Lincoln's Sparrow |---|---|---|-44|44-|---|---|---|-44|444|---|---| White-throated Sparrow |555|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|555|555|555| Golden-crowned Sparrow |555|555|555|555|---|---|---|---|---|--5|555|555| White-crowned Sparrow |333|333|333|444|44-|---|---|---|-44|333|333|333| Dark-eyed Junco |222|222|222|222|444|444|444|444|444|222|222|222| Chestnut-collrd. Longspur 3.21.88 |555|555|555|---|(300)|---|---|---|--5|555|555|555|
BLACKBIRDS & ORIOLES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Red-winged Blackbird |555|555|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|555|555|555| Eastern Meadowlark |444|444|333|333|333|333|333|333|444|444|444|444| Western Meadowlark |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333| Yellow-headed Blackbird |---|---|---|555|5--|---|---|---|555|---|---|---| Brewer's Blackbird |---|---|---|-44|444|---|---|---|444|444|---|---| Great-tailed Grackle |555|555|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|555|555|555| Brown-headed Cowbird |---|---|---|---|333|333|333|444|444|---|---|---| Bullock's Oriole |---|---|---|---|333|333|333|333|333|444|4--|---| Scott's Oriole |---|---|---|---|333|333|333|333|333|444|4--|---|
FINCHES |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| Cassin's Finch |444|444|444|444|444|---|---|---|---|444|---|444| House Finch |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Red Crossbill |222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222|222| Pine Siskin |222|222|222|222|222|333|333|222|222|222|222|222| Lesser Goldfinch |555|555|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|444|555| American Goldfinch |444|444|444|444|444|---|---|---|---|444|444|444| Evening Grosbeak |444|444|444|444|444|---|---|---|---|444|444|444|
OLD WORLD SPARROWS |Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec| House Sparrow |333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|333|

AIR FORCE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

The United State Air Force has the responsibility of managing more than nine million acres of valuable public lands. To ensure success, the Air Force has developed a network of dedicated professionals who work in coordination with local, regional and national authorities. Their challenge is to find a balance in requirements for military mission, security and environmental habitat protection. This effort requires the cooperation and support of the Air Force and its neighbors. The primary goal is to guarantee the quality of public lands under Air Force stewardship.

Conservation programs on Air Force bases include fish and wildlife conservation, forestry, agricultural land lease, habitat management and outdoor recreation. Air Force Resource Managers and nearby communities, working together, have made great strides in fostering environmental awareness through education and cooperation.

The Air Force supports partnerships with many resource groups; Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation, Ducks Unlimited, North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Wetlands Protection and Enhancement and the National Watchable Wildlife program. You are invited to visit Air Force lands. Come see how we are doing with our part of America.


For more information about the Department of Defense and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation cooperation on an international program to promote conservation of neotropical migratory birds, call:

This resource is based on the following source:

Department of Defense, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. No date.
     Checklist of Birds, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
     Department of Defense and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. 
     Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
Department of Defense, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. No date.
     Checklist of Birds, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
     Department of Defense and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. 
     Unpaginated.  Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govKirtland.htm 
     (Version 18JUL00)

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