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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 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.  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 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. “A Walking Conversation on Tree Care.” Albuquerque city forester Joran Viers will discuss tree selection, planting, pruning and tree health care involving diseases and insects while walking through Montgomery Park. 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Limit: 30 people.  Directions will be provided to participants prior to trip.  To sign up contact Jim McGrath at or 505-286-8745.

Weekend Field Trip. April 18-19. Jarilla Mountains to view hybrid swarm of Echinocereus cacti.  Lisa Mandelkern, NPSNM-Las Cruces chapter, Leader.  The Jarilla Mountains are about 30 miles southwest of Alamogordo.  That means this trip will involve an overnight stay in a motel in Alamogordo or camping a night in Oliver Lee State park on Saturday evening.  We meet Lisa at 9:00am on Sunday in Alamogordo.  The actual field trip will end about 2:00-3:00pm to allow participants to drive back to Albuquerque (about 4.5 hours).  Passenger vehicles are OK, but high clearance vehicles are more desirable.  The field trip will involve driving on dirt roads with frequent stops.  There will be a limit of 12 participants. Please contact Jim McGrath ( or 505-286-8745) to sign up.

April 25. Saturday Field Trip. Pine Flats to see Pasque Flowers.  Gary Runyan, 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 at 9:00 am.

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 the treeline in southwestern Colorado.

May 23 Saturday. Habitat Landscaping Tour.  Meet at 9:00am at Stop 1: Sandia High School pond and greenhouse, 7801 Candelaria NE, with Jason Roback, science teacher and presenter.  Meet at 10:15 at Stop 2: Unitarian Church Habitat Garden, 3701 Carlisle NE, with Virginia Burris, designer and presenter.  Meet at 11:30 at Stop 3: Pam McBride’s house, 5409 9th St. NW, Pam McBride, gardener and presenter.  Directions to Pam’s house: from I-25 at Comanche/ Griegos exit go west on Griegos, then right (north) on 4th St. to next traffic light (Douglas MacArthur) and turn left.  Go west to 9th St.  Then turn right and go north on 9th St.  Pam’s house is set back from 9th street and just past Juanita Lane on the left.  Park in front of house to left of front door.

May 30. Saturday Field Trip. White Sands Missile Range (FIELD TRIP IS CLOSED). David L. Anderson, leader.  Our convoy of 2 military and up to 10 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, piñon/juniper and then ponderosa pine woods.  We will see many native grasses and desert wildflowers in bloom.  Limit: approximately 42.  Bring lunch and water.  For questions, contact Carol Conoboy ( or 505.897.3530).  Meeting place G at 7:00am.  We will carpool through Socorro for quick food/pit stop, and then meet other participants and our leader at Stallion Gate at 9:00am.  We will assemble in up to 10 good clearance vehicles and park extra cars.  NPSNM members and non-members may sign up for this trip.

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 13th Saturday Field Trip. West Manzano Mountains Bajada. 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, rain gear, boots. ALB 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 @10:00 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.

June 20. Saturday Field Trip. Wildflower Walk in Elena Gallegos Open Space. Larry Littlefield, Leader. 9:00 a.m. 2-3 hours. Access is from Tramway on Simms Park Road (located north of Academy Road). Meeting place is the Pino Trailhead Parking Lot – the far east end of the loop road – take one way road to the right. Where the loop road turns back west, there are 3 parking areas and a rest room. There is a $2 per vehicle entrance fee into the open space.

June 27. Saturday Field Trip. Early High Elevation, Pecos Canyon. Don Heinze, leader. This is an easy walk. Possible Highlights: Lady’s slippers, many high elevation flowers. Bring food, water, raingear, 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, Alicia Quinones and Virginia Burris, leaders. Details tba.

July 3. Friday Field Trip. Pam McBride and Carolyn Dotson, leaders. East Fork of the Jemez River, Jemez Mountains. Spared by the 2011 super fire, the trail along this mountain stream meanders for about a mile through spruce-fir forest bordered by scenic cliffs. Over 160 mountain and riparian species have been recorded along the stream. Meeting Place G @8:00 am.  

July 17-19. Annual meeting of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico in Durango, Colorado.

August. No monthly meeting in August.

August 1. Saturday Field Trip. San Lorenzo Canyon. George Miller, leader. This botanically and geologically diverse BLM recreation area is located about 13 miles north of Socorro. We will begin searching for wildflowers in a broad desert environment and then proceed by vehicle toward the narrow canyon. Hike is easy walking up the flat canyon with a partially flowing stream for 1-2 miles, but there will be one minor rock scramble at the beginning. We’ll look for seeps and trickles of water that support colonies of diverse plants. As the canyon narrows, the creek bed winds beneath towering cliffs with rock shelters, cracks and arches, and intriguing geological formations. Activity level: Moderate hike. Bring lunch and water. Limit: 15. Meeting Place G @8:00 am, Saver’s parking lot on Carlisle on NE side of Carlisle/Menaul intersection. Park behind Mattress Firm in SW corner of lot.

August 15 . Saturday Field Trip- Late Season High Elevation, San Gregorio Lake. Don Heinze. leader. Highlights: high elevation coniferous trees, lacustrian (lake) and aquatic vegetation. Bring rain gear, hiking boots (preferably lugged), water, and lunch.

Meeting place D in ALB @ 8:00 am, Far North Shopping Center at San Mateo and Academy. Park near Wienerschnitzel. Meet in Cuba @11:00 am, south end of town. Directions: Take I 25 north of ABQ to Exit 242, Highway 550 to Cuba.

September 2nd. Meeting. “BEMP Studies of the Changing Middle Rio Grande Bosque.”  Dr. Kim Eichhorst, Co-Director of the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP), explains what these studies have revealed about bosque ecology and the implications for management of the Rio Grande bosque. Kim also tells us how BEMP assists in exposing Albuquerque school children to scientific procedures and the bosque environment.

September 3-5. Grass Identification Workshop. Sevilleta Field Station. Retired NMSU Professor Kelly Allred, Instructor. Registration fee is $200 for NPSNM members, $225 for non-members. Registration fee includes two nights dormitory style lodging at the UNM Sevilleta Research Station. Register on the NPSNM website:  or by contacting Bob Sivinski at

September 12. Saturday Field Trip. Rio Grande Bosque. Don Heinze, leader. This is an easy walk. Highlights: bosque, riparian and aquatic vegetation. Bring lunch, water, raingear, boots. Meeting place G  in ALB@ 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 @10:00 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.

October 7th. Meeting. “Impacts of wildfire on rare plants in the Gila and Lincoln National Forests.” In 2012 and 2013 wildfires burned large tracks of the Gila and Lincoln National Forests. Both forests are known for their high plant diversity and high levels of plant endemism. Significant portions of the distribution ranges of these rare species burned. No previous study has investigated the impacts of mega fires on rare plants on the sky islands of New Mexico. Daniela Roth, the Endangered Plant Program Coordinator for the New Mexico Forestry Division, studied the recovery of 13 species of rare and endemic plants post fire and will present her findings and management recommendations.

November 4th. Meeting. “Folk Healing Practices in the Southwest and Mexico: Plants Used by the Curanderos. Herbalist, passionate gardener and family nurse practitioner Dianne Rand discusses the history of folk medicine in the Southwest and Mexico with an emphasis on the medicinal plants used by the Curanderos and native healers.  She will share some Curandero practices and their relationship with the plants as their allies.  There is an interest and resurgence in keeping these traditions alive.

December 5th or 6th,  12th or 13th (?).   Annual Holiday Potluck. 11-2 p.m. Details tba.



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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