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: Lori MacKenzie, lorimack “at” and Diane Stevenson, distevenson331 “at”

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”

Albuquerque Chapter Annual Report

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2013 Chapter Report (PDF) and

2012 Chapter Report (PDF)


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.

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 points out several rare plants found during rare plant field trips he organized and led after first teaching rare plant workshops at UNM Herbarium.

July 9. Saturday Field Trip. Sandia Crest.  8 a.m -2 p.m. Leader: Jim McGrath. We will explore one of the trails on the Sandia Crest. Bring water, hat, suncreen and lunch. Meeting Place A (SE corner of Smith’s parking lot at Tramway and Central).

July 30. Saturday Field Trip. Valles Caldera National Preserve. 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.(approximately 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Valles Caldera). Leaders: plant ecologist Martina Suazo and naturalist Mark Ward. Visit the high elevation grasslands and forests of the Valles Caldera and observe a variety of native wildflowers in bloom. The discussion will include wildfire impacts and ecological restoration activities on the preserve. Carpooling in high clearance vehicles is required. Limit 16 participants + 2 leaders. Preregistration is required ( Bring water, lunch, sun protection (hat/sunscreen/sunglasses), and rain gear. Meeting Place D (Far North Shopping Center at San Mateo and Academy. Park near Wienerschnitzel) at 7:30 a.m.

August. No monthly Meeting in August

August 13. Field Trip. “Red Canyon in the Manzanos.” This hike begins at Red Canyon Campground which is reached by turning south on Forest Road 253 at the southern edge of the small town of Manzano off N.M. 14. The trail follows alongside and crosses a small stream several times. We may make it to where the trail leaves the drainage at 1.71 miles onto a sloping plateau and just a little bit further to good views to the east, but we are usually so caught up with admiring wildflowers, that we rarely make it quite so far. In the past we have been dazzled by pine drops, Sandia alum root, birdbeak, harebell, Mexican hat, cut-leaf coneflower, dayflower, and rattlesnake orchid among many others. We’ll probably be back late afternoon, so bring lunch, water, rain gear, sunscreen. Meeting place  A at 8:30 a.m.

August 27. Saturday Field Trip. Magdalena Mts., Timber Ridge Field Trip. George Miller, Leader. Timber Ridge at 10,000-feet at the head of Water Canyon in the mountains south of Socorro yielded 40 species of flowers last year, so let’s try it again! The ridge hike leads through a meadow with views in all directions and into a ponderosa forest. We hope to see lots of species not often seen in the Sandias, including Toadflax Penstemon, San Mateo Penstemon (NM RARE), Scouler’s Catchfly, Rough Mule’s Ears, and Rusby’s Primrose. Moderately strenuous hike on uneven trail. Bring raingear, hat, sunscreen, lunch. Meet 8:30 a.m., meeting place G, Saver’s parking lot on Carlisle on NE side of Carlisle/Menaul intersection. Park behind Mattress Firm in SW corner of lot.

September 7th. Meeting. “The Wild Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico.” Ron Coleman, author and orchid researcher affiliated with the University of Arizona, discusses all of the native orchids in Arizona and New Mexico, covering blooming season, habitat, and distribution. Several of these orchids species are found only in Arizona and New Mexico. The talk is based on his 2002 book,  “The Wild Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico.”

September 10th. Saturday Field Trip. El Malpais. We will either explore the Narrows Rim Trail where we will be 500 feet above the lava fields and have great views and can encounter displays of a wide diversity of wildflowers including Monarda punctata as well as several members of the four-o’clock, borage, and Asteraceae families as well as fields of Cleome if conditions are right. The other option is to drive further, approximately 100 miles one way to the El Calderon trail, a 3.8 mile loop, where we can see cinder phacelia (Phacelia serrata). The plant grows on exposed cinder slopes and is dependent on having volcanic cinders as a substrate. The El Malpais is one of only two locations in the United States where this species occurs, the other being Sunset Crater National Monument in Arizona. The destination will be determined after exploratory trips to both locations in late August. Trip Leaders: Pam McBride and Doris Eng. Meet at 8:30 am at G. (Saver’s parking lot on Carlisle on NE side of Carlisle/Menaul intersection. Park behind Mattress Firm in SW corner of lot.

September 22-25. Annual Meeting of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico in Las Cruces. Theme: Organ Mountains/Desert Peaks.

October 5th. Meeting.  “Sunken in Synonymy: Things about New Mexico Plants You’ve Never Heard Of, Don’t Need To Know, and Will Probably Never Use.”  Dr. Kelly Allred, Retired NMSU Professor and author of Flora Neomexicana, the definitive compilation of the plant species that occur in New Mexico, will discuss the often unknown back stories of our current understanding of the New Mexico flora, and our current efforts in revising the 2012 edition of Flora Neomexicana.

November 2nd. Meeting. “New Conservation Programs for New Mexico’s Native Plants.” Restoration ecologist Melanie Gisler provides an overview of several new initiatives underway by the Institute for Applied Ecology’s Southwest Program including: a regional native plant materials project to increase the availability and diversity of native seed for large scale restoration projects, a project to enhance native milkweed populations and other nectar species for the monarch butterfly and other pollinators, a “Native Plants of New Mexico” ecoregional curriculum for high school students, and support for a new statewide conservation strategy for NM rare plants. She will share examples of similar projects from Oregon that will be adapted to New Mexico’s unique environment and landscapes. The collaborative roles of multiple local conservation agencies and organizations are stressed as these relationships are important to the story of success.

December 3, 4, 10 or 11, Annual Holiday Potluck. 11am-2 pm. Saturday. Pam McBride’s House, 5409 9th St. NW. Pam will provide some vegetarian posole. Everyone bring a dish to share. From I-25 going north, take the Comanche/Griegos exit. Go west to 4th street, turn right, go to the next traffic light at Douglas MacArthur and turn left. Go to 9th street and turn north. Our driveway is just past a small dirt road, Juanita Lane, on the left. The house is straight back. Park on 9th street and walk in.



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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