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: Nancy Hudson, 896-0971, hudsonia1 at

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

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

Field Trip Coordinator: Dana Price, 872-2646, dana_price “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: Lisa Driscoll, 266-6404, zaradric “at”

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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2011 Chapter Report (PDF)

2009 Chapter Report (PDF)

2008 Chapter Report (PDF)

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.

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.


                                                       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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