The New Mexico Bird Records Committee (NMBRC) was established to evaluate and archive records of unusual bird species occurring in New Mexico. Formation of the NMBRC was initiated in 1992 and formalized in 1993, and the Committee commenced operations in 1994. The NMBRC follows a set of governing rules and currently consists of six at-large members plus a secretary.
The NMBRC was established with five broad purposes in mind: 1) to solicit and maintain documentation of records of birds from New Mexico; 2) to evaluate and validate such records; 3) to publicize data on records decisions; 4) to establish standards of observation and reporting that would allow sight records to gain acceptance as valuable scientific data; and 5) to keep or cause to keep the official New Mexico State Checklist of accepted bird species.
Report Rare/Unusual Sightings
NMOS maintains two lists of rare New Mexico birds that require some level of documentation when reported:
- Review List – The most rare species; full documentation for all reports is required.
- Sketch Details List – Considered less rare than the Review List species, but sufficient details are still required to identify the species.
Review ‘How to Submit Sightings for NMOS Field Notes’ for additional information on how to submit a report.
NMBRC Members for 2018
Current members and the end dates of their current terms are listed below:
William H. Howe – Dec. 2019
Jerry R. Oldenettel – Dec. 2020
Christopher Rustay – Dec. 2021
John Parmeter – Dec. 2022
Michael J. Andersen – Dec. 2023
Matt Baumann – Dec. 2024
Sartor O. Williams III (Sandy), Secretary
Past NMBRC Members