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: Carolyn Dodson, 268-7889, cdodson “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: Lisa Driscoll, 266-6404, zaradric “at”

Educational Outreach: Pam McBride, 343-9472, ebotpam “at”

Core Group

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

Book Marketer: Silda Mason, 505-344-4297, sirqmason “at”

Garden Center Landscaper: Jana Hazelbaker, hazelbakerj “at”

Hospitality: Doris Eng, 505-321-3222

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

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

Member Benefits: Vacant

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 2015

All meetings are first Wednesdays at 7 pm in the multi-purpose room of the Museum of Natural History, 1801 Mountain Road NW. Contact: Jim McGrath (programs): sedges “at”, 505-286-8745.

January 7th. Meeting. “Landscaping with native plants adapted to the three eco-regions of Albuquerque.” George Miller, author of “Landscaping with Native Plants of the Southwest” and President of our Albuquerque chapter of NPSNM will show us how to landscape with wildlife-friendly plants adapted to the three major ecological regions of Albuquerque. He will discuss the amazing adaptations of the plants and the animals they support and how we can restore native habitats in our yards and neighborhoods.

February 4h. Meeting. “ Flora of the Four Corners Region.” Ken Heil, Botanist, author, Professor Emeritus of Biology/Geology and current adjunct Professor of Biology at San Juan College in Farmington,  introduces us to this unique flora described thoroughly with numerous keys in the recently published 1098-page “Flora of the Four Corners Region: Vascular Plants of the San Juan River Drainage – Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.” The book is a 2014 finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, was 15 years in the making and includes full descriptions, art-work by Carolyn Crawford and Glenn Vandre and line Drawings by Linda Reeves. There have been approximately 50 contributors to the book, which was  published by the Missouri Botanical Garden Press in 2013 with over 100 photographs.

March 4th. Meeting. “Butterflies, Birds and Bees: Pollinators of New Mexico Wildflowers.” Carolyn Dodson, who has taught New Mexico wildflower identification courses and published two related wildflower books, will explain the fascinating relationship between plants and their pollinators is a remarkable example of co-evolution. Flowers have developed conspicuous sizes, colors and odors to attract specialized pollinators. On their part, floral visitors show anatomical and behavioral characteristics that make them efficient fertilizers. Understanding the roles of flowers and their pollinators gives extra enjoyment to observing flowers in the wild and in the garden.

April 1st. Meeting. “The Disappearing Trees of Albuquerque: A Gruesome Tale of Woe Told in Words and Pictures. “Albuquerque city forester Joran Viers examines the recent trend of tree canopy loss in Albuquerque. We will explore the various causes, some preventable and some not, and what might be done to reverse the trend. A general Question and Answer session on urban tree care in Albuquerque will follow the program.

April 11. Saturday Field Trip. “Tree Care in Tiguex Park.” Joran Viers, Leader. Details tba.

April 18-19. Weekend Field Trip. Jarilla Mountains to view hybrid swarm of Echincereus cacti. Lisa Mandelkern, NPSNM-Las Cruces chapter, Leader. We meet Lisa at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday in Alamogordo. Please contact Jim McGrath ( or 505-286-8745) to sign up.

April 25. Saturday Field Trip. Pine Flats to see Pasque Flowers. Gary Runyon, leader. Six miles south of Tijeras we will find Pasque Flower on the edges of the picnic ground.  A one mile loop excursion reveals other locations and Easter Daisies. For those who want a day trip we will stop for lunch at Sabino Canyon on the way back.  Check out the colorful history of Sabino at the Bernalillo open space web site. Meeting Place A @ 9:00 am, SE corner of Smith’s parking lot at Tramway and Central.

April/May date tbd with spring rains. Early West Manzano Bahada. Don Heinze, leader. This is an easy trip with car stops. Possible highlights: evening primrose, suncups, 5 grama grasses, giant milkweed, cow pasture daisy. Bring food, water, raingear, boots. Albq. Meeting place G @ 9:00 am, Saver’s parking lot on Carlisle on NE side of Carlisle/Menaul intersection. Park behind Mattress Firm in SW corner of lot.; Meeting place H in Los Lunas @ 9:30 am, SW corner of Home Depot parking lot by the sheds. Directions: From ABQ drive south on I-25 to Exit 203. Head east through 2 traffic lights. Home Depot is on left.

May 6th. Meeting. “Our Favorite Alpine Wildflowers.”  Al Schneider, author of the four corners wildflower website ( and the app, “Colorado Rocky Mountain Wildflowers”, and retired geologist and alpine wildflower enthusiast, John Bregar, show us a bewildering array of alpine wildflowers they have encountered while exploring above treeline in southwestern Colorado.

May 23. Tour. Habitat Landscaping Tour. Meet @ 9:00 am at Stop 1: Sandia High School pond and greenhouse, Jason Roback, science teacher and presenter (7801 Candaleria NE). Meet @ 10:15 at Stop 2: Unitarian Church, Habitat Garden, Virginia Burris, designer and presenter (3701 Carlisle Blvd NE). Stop 3: 11:30 Pam McBride’s home with native landscaping.

May 30. Saturday Field Trip. White Sands Missile Range. David L.Anderson, CIV, White Sands Missile Range, leader. Our convoy of 2 military and 4 group vehicles will travel to Trinity Lake Basin Grasslands, then up to Salinas Peak, elevation 8965 ft on paved, gravel and unpaved roads. We will pass through grassland and desert scrub, pinyon/juniper and then ponderosa pine woods. We will see many native grasses and desert wildflowers in bloom. Limit 26. Bring lunch and water. Sign up by April 12 by providing full name, contact phone number and email, as well as transportation and meeting place information to Carol Conoboy. ( or 505.897.3530). Meeting place G @ 7:00 am, Saver’s parking lot on Carlisle on NE side of Carlisle/Menaul intersection. Park behind Mattress Firm in SW corner of lot. We will carpool through Socorro for quick food/pit stop, then meet other members and our leader at Stallion Gate at 9:00 am. We will assemble in 4 high-clearance vehicles and park extra cars.

June 3rd. Meeting. Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico: Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia and Manzano”. Wildflower book author Larry Littlefied will present an overview of his and Pearl Burns’ new book published by UNM Press. This book is a major expansion of their previous book that concentrated on the central mountains of the state. In addition to the 200 species included in the previous book are 165 more species of wildflowers and flowering shrubs extending to the Colorado border, including some 25 species in the Sandias and Manzanos not previously included plus many new photographs of species included in the previous book.

June 20. Saturday Field Trip. Sandia or Manzano Mts. Larry Littlefield, Leader. Location and other details tba.

June 27. Saturday Field Trip. Early High Elevation, Pecos Canyon. Don Heinze, leader. This is an easy walk. Possible highlights: Lady’s slipper orchids, many high elevation flowers. Bring food, water, raingear, and boots. Meeting place D in ALB. @ 8 am, far north shopping center at San Mateo and Academy. Park near Wienerschnitzel. Meeting place in Pecos Canyon @ 11:00 am: Terrero Store in Pecos Canyon several miles north of Pecos on Highway 63.

July 1st. Meeting. “Growing the Southwest Garden: Changing Rules for an Extreme Sport.” Landscape designer Judith Phillips, who is the author of three books dealing with landscaping and gardening with native plants, introduces us to her latest book, “Growing the Southwest Garden,” a book of strategies for coping with climate change. In a place where extremes are the norm we are confronting increasing heat and potentially catastrophic episodes of cold compounded by periods of extreme drought interrupted by isolated strong storm cells delivering more moisture over less land surface. More people share less available water. Native plants, especially locally sourced ones, are an essential part of creating a resilient garden, shading the soil and creating spaces to live comfortably outdoors. Water harvesting can often support as many plants as needed to shade residential spaces once the native plants are well established. Plants that are well adapted are easier to establish and manage and provide habitat for wildlife as well.

July, August or September. “A Visit to El Oso Grande Pollinator Habitat.” Judith Phillips, Virginia Burris and Alicia Quinones, Leaders. Details tba.


                                                       MEETING PLACES

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 approx. 5 miles to shopping center in Placitas on left. To

car pool to Placitas, meet at D (Far North Shopping Center site).

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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