OfficersDesert Harvest

President: George Miller, 352-9019, goxfordm1844 “at”

Vice President: Tom Stewart, 881-6296, tstewart “at”

Program Chair: Jim McGrath, 286-8745, sedges “at”

Secretary: Salem Smith, salemwsmith “at”

Treasurer: Gary Runyan, 205-9953, npsnm.gjrshadow “at”

Chapter Representative: Bettie Hines, 298-8408, hines.bettie “at”

Field Trip Coordinator: Carol Conoboy, 505-897-3530 carolconoboy “at”

Membership: Ann-Marie Yaroslaski, 220-8158, marannyar at

Newsletter Editor: Vacant. We welcome any member with journalistic/editing/desktop publishing interests to try on this rewarding volunteer position. Contact George or Tom.

Community Outreach: Pam McBride, ebotpam “at”


Books: Carolyn Dodson, 268-7889, cdodson “at”

Hospitality: Doris Eng, 505-321-3222

Communications: Gary Hoe, 505 296-3654, hoebeau “at”

Invasive Weeds Representative: Don Heinz, 565-1441, dhhbotany “at”

Publicity: Melissa Ewer, melissitah “at”

Refreshments Coordinator: Penny Hoe, hoebeau “at”

Habitat Gardening Facilitator: Virginia Burris, 255-6772, vburris1 “at”

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Scheduled Events for 2016

All monthly meetings are usually the first Wednesday of every month at 7 pm in the multi-purpose room of the Museum of Natural History, 1801 Mountain Road NW. For more information on programs, contact Jim McGrath at 286-8745 or  Meeting places for field trips (codes A through H) are described in detail at the end of the schedule.  Field trip and field forum participants should bring water, hat, sunscreen, snacks or lunch, rain gear and appropriate clothing to deal with poor weather conditions.

Some field trips may be announced with only 1 week to a month notice and will appear in this listing as promptly as possible.  Spring field trips depend upon good winter and spring precipitation; therefore, such field trips may be scheduled when we know wildflowers will be present.

Please be aware that all field trip participants must sign the NPSNM liability release form before departure. Leaders should have forms available onsite for those who have not signed one previously this year.

January 6th. Meeting. “Native Riparian Seeds in the Art of Basia Irland.” Fulbright scholar, National Geographic writer and UNM Professor Emerita Basia Irland collaborates with botanists to decide on the best local native riparian seeds to be placed as an ecological “language” into her hand carved ice books, which are released into international rivers.

February 3rd. Meeting. The Natural History of the Valles Caldera:  Landscapes Present, Landscapes Past. Naturalist Mark Ward, who has served as an entomologist at the Valles Caldera National Preserve from 2013 through 2015, provides an overview of the remarkable natural history of the Valles Caldera. He will describe how the geologic history of the Caldera has given rise to a variety of landforms and how these features have changed through time to produce the particular plant and animal communities present on the Preserve today. Mark will highlight the Preserve’s All Taxon Biodiversity Inventory project, which attempts to quantify the rich biodiversity represented in the different communities.

March 2nd. Meeting.  “Restoration Techniques in the Middle Rio Grande:  Bringing the Bosque to the River.”  Ondrea Hummel, Ecologist for the Albuquerque District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discusses ecosystem restoration concepts and techniques for the bosque (cottonwood riparian woodland) as part of the Middle Rio Grande Restoration Project. The project has focused on increasing the diversity and quality of wildlife habitat, reducing the fire hazard and increasing personal safety in the bosque through the removal of the metal jetty jacks, debris, and the dense thickets of non-native vegetation (salt cedar, Russian olive & Siberian elm). Restoration features include reconnecting the river and floodplain through the construction of bank terraces and high flow channels. Where these features overlap with trails, pedestrian bridges are included to allow access across the features during high flows creating educational opportunities. Revegetation strategies include cottonwood pole plantings, the construction of willow swales and other native plant plantings.

March 6th. Sunday Field Trip. “A Tour of the San Antonio Oxbow.” 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Ondrea Hummel, Ecologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Leader. The tour illustrates activities that are designed to improve the “plumbing” of the oxbow by properly managing water levels and flow within the oxbow wetland. Features illustrated during the tour include installation of culverts, excavation of an open water area and reconnection of river bank line terraces to the river. Selective thinning of non-native vegetation and revegetation of native plants also occurred as part of the project constructed in 2015.The Oxbow Restoration project was designed by the US Army Corps of Engineers in concert with the project sponsor, the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division. The project was also designed in cooperation with the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) and Bosque School. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the City of Albuquerque Open Space parking lot on the SW side of the Montano bridge. Access to the parking lot is on Montano Road driving east from from Coors Blvd.

April 6th. Meeting.  “Creating Resilient Garden Systems by Blending Native Traditional and Locally Adapted Plant Varieties.” Tiana Baca-Bosiljevac, garden manager for the Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens at Albuquerque Academy, describes the utilization of permaculture and regenerative agricultural techniques at the DOT Gardens and how the larger community can engage our place-based educational opportunities. You will learn how traditional knowledge, ecological understandings, and innovative solutions of the present come together to inspire solutions to climate change.

April 9th. Saturday Field Trip. “A Tour of the Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens at Albuquerque Academy.” 10:30 -11:30 a.m. Karen Bentrup, Volunteer Gardener/Farmer, will lead the tour. Learn about linking gardening and food production with pollinator-friendly plants and local species, plus cover cropping, soil sponges, worm composting and more. This sustainability education program is for the whole community. Karen will show us the current activities and explain the objectives of future plans for the gardens.

Directions to the Gardens: Go down Wyoming to the junction with Burlison – the main gate for Albuquerque Academy. Turn east (right if you are driving north on Wyoming) and then a right in about 100 yards. Follow the road to the sign that says Lot #6, Natatorium. You can see the Natatorium on the left as it says “NATATORIUM” in big letters on the building. Turn left into the lot and park anywhere in the lot. We will meet at the bottom of the black-top lane (the junction with the parking lot). The following map (the Natatorium is #8 and the DOT Gardens is #30) will be of assistance:

May 4th. Meeting. “An Introduction to the Medicinal Plants of Central New Mexico.” Herbalist, landscape geographer, and native plant conservationist Dara Saville will introduce us to a few of our local medicinal plants and the varied ecosystems that they inhabit. In doing so we will explore our surroundings including the desert plains, Rio Grande Bosque, foothills, Sandia Mountains, and the urban environment by focusing on a key representative plant from each area. We will discuss the plants’ healing characteristics, extraction methods, and practical applications as well as uncover what we can learn by developing intimate relationships with them.

June 1st. Meeting.  “Sandia High School’s Coati Pond: Reconnecting New Mexico’s teenagers with Nature and our Native Plant Heritage”. Sandia High School Biology Teacher Jason Roback describes how his hands-on teaching facility helps connect high school students to nature.

June 4th. Saturday Field trip. Sandia High School’s Coati Pond.  Sandia High School Biology Teacher, Jason Roback. Leader.



A. SE corner of Smith’s parking lot at Tramway and Central.

B. NE corner of Wal-Mart parking lot on the east side of Coors about 0.25 miles north of I-40.

C. Albertson’s parking lot at Tramway and Academy. Park along east wall.

D. Far North Shopping Center at San Mateo and Academy. Park near Wienerschnitzel.

E. Placitas. Parking lot of grocery store in Homesteads Village Shopping Center. Directions: I-25 north from ABQ to exit 242 (second exit at Bernalillo).  Turn right and go east on Hwy 165 for about 5 miles to shopping center in Placitas on left.  To car pool to Placitas, meet at D.

F. Michael Emery Trailhead Parking Lot. Go east to the end of Spain Road (east of Tramway). At “T” intersection turn right and go 0.1 mile and turn left into parking lot.

G. Saver’s parking lot on Carlisle on NE side of Carlisle/Menaul intersection. Park behind Mattress Firm in SW corner of lot.

H. Los Lunas. SW corner of Home Depot parking lot by the tool sheds.  Directions: From ABQ drive south on I-25 to Exit 203.  Head east through 2 traffic lights.  Home Depot is on left.

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