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”

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. The number of participants on field trips is limited, and preference is given to members. Nonmembers should not show up for field trips unless they have attended the previous chapter meeting to learn details and for possible registration.

April 6. Meeting. “Creating Resilient Garden Systems by Blending Native Traditional and Locally Adapted Plant Varieties.” Karen Bentrup, garden manager for the Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens at Albuquerque Academy, describes the utilization of permaculture and regenerative agricultural techniques at the DOT Gardens.

April 9. Saturday Field Trip. Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens at Albuquerque Academy. 10:30 -11:30 a.m. Karen Bentrup, Volunteer Gardener/Farmer, will lead the tour. Meet at the Desert Oasis Teaching Garden on the campus of Albuquerque Academy High School (see item #30 on map at

April 16. Overnight Field Trip. Flora of Mahoney Park, Florida Mountains. Leader Gene Jercinovic. Overnight in Deming motel or camp at Rockhound State Park on Friday April 15; field trip led by Gene on Saturday April 16. CANCELLED. MAY BE RESCHEDULED DEPENDING ON RAINFALL.

April 23. Volunteer Day. Oso Grande Pollinator Garden. 9:00–12 noon. Planting and spring cleanup. Bring gloves, hat, planting tools, sunblock. Meet at the shade structure to the west of the pollinator garden. Park on Osuna. Directions: From I-25, east on Montgomery to Morris NE, then north 3 blocks to the park at Osuna NE.

April 30. Field Trip. Urban Desert Garden Tour. 9:00–12 noon am. Ann Harris Davidson will share the story of her garden in Four Hills Village. Organically run, the property demonstrates growing small gardens with little water and nurturing a native wildflower and grassland desert. Meet at this private property: 1006 Bernalillo Pl SE at 9:00 am.

May 4. 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. 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.

May 7. Saturday Field Trip. Bosque at Tingley Beach. 10 am–12 noon. Leader Dara Saville. An easy walk in the Bosque. Meet in the lot at the south end of all the fishing ponds located along Tingley Drive, south of Central.

May 14. Saturday Field Trip. White Sands Missile Range. David L. Anderson, CIV, White Sands Missile Range Leader. Meet at 0900 hours at Stallion Gate. Planned itinerary includes the Mine Site, Trinity Site, and stopping in the Poison Hills to observe gypsophiles. If time permits, we will enter the Wood Ranch Valley to observe fire effects and vegetation recovery. PREREGISTRATION with full name, phone number, email, transportation needs, to ( required by April 1. Carpooling in high-clearance vehicles is recommended. Meeting place G at 7:00 am. or at Stallion Gate at 9:00 am. May 21. Saturday Field Trip. Lower Sandia Wildflowers. 8 am — 2 pm. Explore one of the lower-elevation trails for spring wildflowers. Bring lunch, hat, sunscreen.  Moderately strenuous on uneven trail. Leader: George Miller. Meeting place A at 8:00 am.

May 28. Saturday Field Trip. Mesa Penistaja Mesa. 8:00 am — 4:00 pm. Leader Lenore Goodell. Mesa Penistaja BLM badlands is a feature of the Nacimento Formation about 20 miles west of Cuba. From Bernalillo (meeting at the northwest corner of the Home Depot parking lot on 550 north of town) the drive is about 1 hour to Cuba and another 45 minutes to start point. There will be a map available showing the route beyond Cuba. Bring water, lunch and sunscreen.

June 1. 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 4. Saturday Field trip. Sandia High School’s Coati Pond Outdoor Environmental Classroom. 9:00-11:00 am.  Sandia High School Biology Teacher, Jason Roback. Leader. The tour will showcase the overall ecological design plan of the pond area, demonstrations of various student lessons, exploration of the native flora, fauna, geologic samples, and the new greenhouse. Meet Jason in the staff parking lot of Sandia High School, 7801 Candelaria Road NE, just west of the baseball field.

June 11th. Saturday Field Trip. Oso Grande Pollinator Habitat. 9:00-11:00 am. Judith Phillips and Tom Stewart kick off National Pollinator Weed with a walk and discuss the diversity and placement of plants and the pollinators we find. Dress appropriately for the weather, and meet at the shade structure west of the pollinator landscape (east of the soccer field). Directions: From I-25, east on Montgomery to Morris NE, then north 3 blocks to the park at Osuna Rd.

June 18. Saturday Field Trip. Carlito Springs Open Space. 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Join a walking tour of the resources and history of Carlito Springs and explore the native plant communities, life zones, and exposures of this 179-acre jewel in the Sandia mountains. The 2-mile loop trail passes through orchards, mixed conifers, and a small wetland. Leaders: Doris Eng, NPS, and Linwood Standley, Carlito Springs Cohort. Meeting place A at 8:30 am

July 6th. Meeting. “Adventures of a New Mexico Rare Plant Botanist.” Field Botanist Jim McGrath describes his involvement with New Mexico rare plants over the past 15 years. Jim’s story includes the strategies, problems, successes and the rare plants found while performing rare plant surveys in the oil and gas fields of northwest New Mexico. Jim also discusses other rare plants visited while leading rare plant field trips into other parts of New Mexico, most notably the Sacramento Mountains of central New Mexico.

July 9. Saturday Field Trip. 10 K Trail in the Sandia Mountains or an all day adventure to Quebradas. Leader, Jim McGrath. Specific location and details tba.

July 23. Saturday Field Trip. Valles Caldera. Leader Martina Suazo. 7:30 am-5:00 pm. Trip 9:30 am-3:00 pm at Valles Caldera. Limited to high clearance vehicles (4-5), preferably 4 wheel drive. Limit 16 + 2 leaders. Meet at D at 7:30am.

August. No monthly Meeting in August.



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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