Lalo’s pet prints
Now, your pet can be famous, too!
Mail or email your favorite pet photos, along with a caption
and photo credit, for possible posting in the Signpost.
Mail to: Signpost, P. O. Box 889, Placitas, NM 87043. Include
a self-addressed, stamped envelope, if you would like them
Or email digital or scanned prints to: email@example.com.
Be sure to take your digital photos at a setting high enough
If scanning pre-printed photos, scan at 300 dpi.
“It took a lot of work, ... but I think
I've got my napping technique just right.”
”Billy,” 15-years old; napping
weight: 15 lbs., by Roy Skeens
Pookie and The Red Boots, by Barbara Rudolf
Kennel Club to hold fund-raiser, dog show
—MARTIN D. BRADSHAW
Did you know that Sandoval County has its own kennel club?
It is the Coronado Kennel Club of New Mexico (CKCNM). You
may have heard of the Rio Grande Kennel Club (RGKC) of Albuquerque
and the Sangre de Christo Kennel Club (SDCKC) of Santa Fe.
You may even have gone to one of their shows at the New Mexico
State Fairgrounds. Both of these clubs have been around for
a long time—RGKC for seventy-five years and SDCKC for
around thirty years.
However, CKCNM has only been around since late 2003. The
club has about forty members, scattered east to west from
Edgewood to Farmington and north to south from Española
to Los Lunas. But most of the members live in Sandoval County.
Some of the members also belong to one or both of the other
clubs. These forty members have a wide variety of dogs, from
very tiny to very large. The objective of the club is to promote
quality in the breeding of purebred dogs and to conduct dog
shows under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel
The major impetus for forming the new club was to provide
another opportunity for enthusiasts in central New Mexico
to have a dog show where they could show their dogs. The AKC
sets up a number of requirements on a new club before it can
conduct a dog show. These include having a number of “matches,”
which are practice shows. CKCNM has completed all of these
requirements and has now been sanctioned by the AKC to hold
our first show on September 13-14, 2008, at the Rio Rancho
Sports Complex on High Resort Road in Rio Rancho.
Putting on a show like this requires a lot of money, and
the club will be conducting several fundraisers before the
September date. The first of these will be a flea market/rummage
sale where all of the club members are donating items to sell.
The sale will take place on March 29-30 at 724 Camino del
Pueblo (main street in Bernalillo), in the parking lot of
the small building just south of Allsup’s and diagonally
across the street from the Sandoval County Court House. There
will be books, cassette tapes, VCR tapes, CDs, DVDs, electrical
appliances, electronics, clothing, and who knows what else
may turn up. It’s all for a good cause, so we invite
everyone to come out and buy to your heart’s content.
The club has monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each
month at 7:30 p.m. at the Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino
de Las Huertas. Anyone who loves dogs is welcome to attend.
For more information about the club, call one of our club
officers: Terry Smith, President, at 771-8459; Ruth Davis,
Secretary, at 867-4510; or Martin Bradshaw, Treasurer, at
Get ready… they’re coming!
—PEGGY MCCORMICK, WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR, WILDLIFE
RESCUE INC. OF NEW MEXICO
In the midst of all the winter weather we have had lately,
it seems hard to believe that spring is just around the corner.
Very soon, migrating species of birds will be returning to
New Mexico to mate and raise their young. There are too many
to mention here, but a couple to specifically look for are
the broadtail hummingbird, due back the last week of March,
and the black-chinned hummingbird, due in early April. (Tip:
put feeders where you can see them!)
Did you know that there are only three species of birds that
are not protected by the Migratory Bird Act of 1923, enforced
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? These three species
are: the rock pigeon, the English (or house) sparrow, and
the European starling. Every other species of bird that you
see anywhere in the United States is federally protected.
What does this mean to you? Well, it means that if a bird
builds a nest in the wreath on your door, or the receptacle
where your newspaper gets delivered, or on the ledge under
the viga over your front door, the law is that you must leave
it alone. “Oh, but it makes such a mess,” you
say. “There is poop everywhere, and I am tired of cleaning
First, consider how lucky you are to be able to see firsthand
a mother bird raising her babies. What a fabulous educational
opportunity! If that nest is located in the wreath on your
door, and every time you enter or leave, the poor mother flies
away (or, worse, into your house), there is a solution: Move
the wreath a few feet away so that it is no longer on your
door. The mother will be able to find her nest, and after
a couple of days, you can move it another few feet away from
your doorway. After several moves of a few feet, the mother
bird and her nest will be far enough away that your comings
and goings will no longer disturb her from the nest. Remember:
the young of most passerines leave the nest about twenty-one
days after hatching, so we are not talking about a long time
here! In addition to the benefit of sharing your space with
nature, think of the benefits this species may bring to you.
Baby birds eat huge numbers of little insects and invertebrates;
adults have beautiful songs.
Next problem: you walk out your front door (or trim the bushes
around your house) and find a bare, naked baby bird, or a
partially feathered nestling, lying on the ground in front
of you. If you can find the nest, pick up the baby bird and
put it back in the nest. But…“the mother will
smell ‘human’ and reject the baby.” This
is an urban legend—most birds don’t have much
sense of smell.
If you can’t find the nest, and the mother bird is
hovering and screaming in distress, put the baby bird in a
plastic cup and nail it to a nearby tree – the mother
will feed it every time the baby cries in hunger. If the mother
isn’t hovering, take the baby bird to a trained wildlife
rehabilitator like myself, or to our clinic at the Rio Grande
Nature Center State Park in Albuquerque.
No, better not keep it and raise it yourself! In the first
place, it is illegal if it is a protected species. In the
second place, what do you feed it? The diet of a baby bird
in the first three weeks of life is critical—it must
have the proper balance of protein, calcium and phosphorus,
vitamins and minerals—otherwise it will develop metabolic
bone disease, which is a death sentence. Do you know the species?
Species requirements vary. And in the last place, do you have
a life? Baby birds need to be fed every thirty to forty-five
minutes during daylight hours to develop strong bodies and
feathers that will last until their first molt.
Ever been at home and heard that horrible thud that means
a bird has struck your window? Go out and look—if the
bird is lying on the ground, still alive, pick it up and put
it in a small box (a shoebox or small cardboard box) and put
it in a dark, warm spot. No, don’t punch holes in the
box – the bird will get enough air. After a couple of
hours, if the bird is active and moving around, go outside,
open the box and let it go. If it isn’t active, but
it is still alive, take it to a trained wildlife rehabilitator.
Often, the force of impact causes bleeding in the bird’s
brain, and recovery time can take more than forty-eight hours.
So, get ready! Our feathered friends will soon be back, delighting
us all with their mating rituals and funny antics. We can
learn a lot by observing.
If you have questions, Peggy can be contacted
Friends of Monument host birding lecture
The Friends of Coronado State Monument will sponsor a presentation
by Scott Smith, Coronado State Monument Manager, on March
9 at 2:00 p.m. on the topic of “The Birds of Coronado
State Monument.” He will introduce the audience to the
variety of bird species commonly seen at the Monument complex
and will provide a bird list for reference in identifying
these marvelous species. About one-fourth of all bird species
found in North America have been seen at Coronado. Bald Eagles
are regular visitors through the winter months; curved-bill
thrashers nest on site during the summer.
Mr. Smith, a nineteen-year veteran of State Parks and State
Monuments, will relate the birds at Coronado today with the
beliefs and experience of those who have documented the presence
of the same or similar species in the area some six hundred
years ago. Images of eagles, ducks, geese, and band-tailed
pigeons can all be found in the famous Kuaua Murals. The continued
presence of these birds today helps create a sense of continuity
between past and present. The widely-held belief that birds
serve as messengers of the gods is reflected in the local
practice of tying feathers to prayer sticks, dream-catchers,
Scott Smith has been Manager at Coronado State Monument for
the last two years. He started “birding” in high
school and has completed advanced course work in ornithology.
A true lover of nature and especially birds, Mr. Smith has
traveled from Alaska to Florida, from California to Massachusetts,
almost always with a pair of 10x40s at the ready! His program
promises to educate and fascinate.
The program will be held at the Sandoval County Historical
Society’s DeLavy House on Edmond Road in Bernalillo.
To get there, take Highway 550, slightly west of Coronado
State Monument, turn north on the west edge of the Phillips
66 Gas Station and onto a dirt road (Edmond Road). Follow
the road to its end; signs will be posted. This presentation
is open to the public. Admission is $5 per person; the event
is free to members of Friends of Coronado State Monument.