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President (acting): Jan Martenson (575-751-0511) TaosNPS “at” gmail.com or jsm449 “at” mac.com

Vice President:

Secretary: Diana Rushing (361-463-9855) fultonbirder ‘at’ yahoo.com

Treasurer: Martha Brown (575-779-5127) mabphoto ‘at’ aol.com

Membership Chair:

Chapter Representative: Jan Martenson (575-751-0511) jsm449 “at” mac,.com

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2012 Taos Chapter Report

2011 Taos Chapter Report

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2014 Schedule for NPSNM – Taos Chapter

 ************************* GENERAL INFORMATION ************************

TALKS and DVD Presentation are sponsored by the Taos Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico (NPSNM-Taos) and are held in the El Taoseno Room in the Taos Convention Center located at 120 Civic Plaza Drive from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, March through November. Our talks and presentations are free and open to the public. Please join us and bring your friends! For more information or to join, please send an email to: TaosNPS@gmail.com.

FIELD TRIPS/HIKES – HALF DAY & ALL DAY are free and most are open to the public. Details follow below. Bring plenty of water, comfortable walking shoes, snack/lunch, sunscreen, hat and a smile! NOTE: There are special requirements for some hikes (refer to details below). Contacts for hikes are provided in the following Schedule.

WORKSHOPS & SPECIAL FIELD TRIPS may require fees and/or reservations as detailed below.

NOTE: Our schedule is subject to change. Please check the following links for any updates. Feel free to email our Chapter at:  TaosNPS@gmail.com.

**************************** OUR SCHEDULE ****************************

MARCH 19, Wednesday – Free Public Talk Attend a talk presented by Mark Schuetz1, owner of Watershed Dynamics, entitled “Forest Health, Native Plants and New Mexico’s Water.” (El Taoseno room of Coronado Hall, Taos Convention Center). NOTE: If you missed this Talk, access the following URL to view the video: http://youtu.be/oj25oEXHje8.

APRIL 16, Wednesday – Free Public Talk Attend a talk presented by Linda Wiener2, “The Bug Lady,” entitled “Identifying and Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden.” (El Taoseno room of Coronado Hall, Taos Convention Center). NOTE: If you missed this Talk, access the following URL to view the video: http://youtu.be/9ihxng6SrRE.

MAY 17, Saturday – ALL DAY Field Trip for MEMBERS Our first Field Trip of the year is Saturday, May 17 at 8:30 AM for Members. Meet at the parking lot in front of the San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos to carpool to Santa Fe for a native plant buying trip at local nurseries and then lunch at the Plants of the Southwest Café. If you haven’t joined our Chapter yet, send an email to: TaosNPS@gmail.com to sign up so you can join us on this field trip and all our other activities!

MAY 21, Wednesday – Free Public Talk Attend a talk by Teralene (Terry) Foxx3, Storyteller and retired Ecologist for the Los Alamos National Labs, entitled “Out of the Ashes: The Story of Recovery of the Landscape after Wildfire.” (El Taoseno room of Coronado Hall, Taos Convention Center). NOTE: If you missed this Talk, access the following URL to view the video: http://youtu.be/PDUKq4R0O7c.

JUNE 28, Saturday – Free Public ALL DAY Field Trip/Reservation Required Learn about alpine plants on a Wheeler Peak hike with David Witt4. The Mt. Wheeler plant identification hike will begin promptly at 8:15 AM from the Williams Lake Hikers Parking lot and continue to the Wheeler ascent trail near the lake. An advance reservation is required. Contact David Witt at: davidlwitt@taosnet.com to reserve or cancel your reservation.

IMPORTANT! This is a strenuous hike with an elevation gain of 3000+ feet over 7 to 8 miles. Participants must wear hiking boots, hats and appropriate gear. Conditions can move from hot to cold and from dry to wet. Complete body-covering rain gear is required. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. This is an all day event lasting at least eight (8) hours. We will walk over steep, precipitous trails. Participants are required to sign a Native Plant Society Release of Liability Form. Hike will be cancelled in case of bad or dangerous weather.

JULY 12, Saturday – Free Public ALL DAY Field Trip Join us for a hike to Pedernal with our botanist, Dr. John Ubelaker.5 Arrive at 8:00 AM in the parking lot in front of the San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos to carpool to Pedernal. The hike will involve evaluation of the desert plants in the upper Sonoran zone dominated by juniper and pinyon pine, cactus and yucca. The hike will allow evaluation of plants in a unique geological setting essentially covering the Mesozoic time period. Following the hike we will drive to Ghost Ranch to tour the museum and eat lunch before returning to Taos. Wear a good hat and hiking gear. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. Walking stick is optional. This hike is not strenuous. Contact email address: ubelaker@mail.smu.edu.

JULY 24, Thursday – Gardens in Progress Tour for MEMBERS Enjoy our yearly ‘Gardens in Progress’ tour. Members will tour the gardens of NPSNM homes to learn how easy it is to integrate beautiful, low maintenance native plants into the landscape. At the end of the tour, members bring their favorite potluck dish and lunch together at the last garden. Become a member and attend the tour!

AUGUST 1, Friday – Native Plant Sale for MEMBERS Members can purchase native plants, grown and nurtured in our greenhouse! We will offer a Farmers Market sale day for the general public. Watch this space for updates.

AUGUST 16, Saturday – Free Public ALL DAY Field Trip Join us for a free ALL DAY Field Trip to Williams Lake with David Witt4 and Dr. John Ubelaker5. Meet at 8 AM at the KTAO parking lot to carpool to the hikers’ parking lot at the Williams Lake trailhead. We will walk two miles to Williams Lake and focus on sub-alpine and alpine plants. This is a moderate hike with an approximate altitude range from 10,100 feet to 11,100 feet. Wear a good hat and hiking gear. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. Walking stick is optional. EXTRA: David prepared two (2) plant lists for the Taos Ski Valley trails; the first is sorted by Family Name (URL: http://www.npsnm.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/TSV-Plants-by-Family.xls) and the second is sorted by Common Name (URL: http://www.npsnm.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/TSV-Plants-by-Common-Name.xls). Print the lists and bring them with you on the hike. Contact email address: davidlwitt@taosnet.com.

AUGUST through NOVEMBER – Native Plant Seed Gathering Members and friends alike are encouraged to harvest your native plant seeds. How? When the seed pod is dry, shake a branch over a paper sack to collect seeds or cut the plant stalk and place it upside down in a paper sack (never plastic). The seeds will eventually fall to the bottom of the sack as the pod dries out. I’ve heard you can use pantyhose instead of sacks, but I’ve never tried it. With larger shrubs, place a tarp under the shrub to catch falling seeds and then either pick branches or lightly beat and/or shake them to release the seeds. Don’t forget to label the sacks with the common name and botanical name of the plant (if known), collection date/year, your name/contact info, and then seal the bag. Bring your seeds to our events, give to a NPSNM member, or drop then off at our Greenhouse.

IMPORTANT! If you are unable to deliver your seeds shortly after collection, please store them in a cool location (e.g., refrigerator). When collecting in the wild, take no more than 10% of seeds in a given plant stand. Do not collect seeds from any areas occupied by invasive plants. For more information on invasive plants, refer to USDA’s Noxious Plants list at: http://plants.usda.gov/java/noxious?rptType=State&statefips=35.

SEPTEMBER 12, Friday – Free Public Information Table/Plant Sale at Cid’s Stop by our table at Cid’s from Noon to 2 PM to learn more about native plants and the Taos Chapter of the NPSNM. We will have a few native plants for sale. Meet some of our members, pick up a schedule of our meetings, field trips, workshops and activities led by experts. Learn about the benefits of using native plants in your yard and garden. Become a member!

SEPTEMBER 13, Saturday – Free Public HALF DAY Field Trip Join us for a half-day hike in the mountains at Italianos Canyon. Meet Dr. John Ubelaker5 at 8 AM in the KTAO parking lot to drive together to Italianos Canyon. Learn about Canadian Zone plants. Cross mountain streams and hike an old mule trail which moved gold from the mountain top to the bottom for processing. Hike to an Aspen grove and learn about the role of Aspen in the Spruce and Fir forest. Moderate hike. Wear a good hat and hiking gear. Bring plenty of water and snacks. A walking stick is optional. EXTRA: Print Dr. Ubelaker’s plant list for this hike or get one when you arrive. URL: http://www.npsnm.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Italianos-Plant-List-SEP2014.pdf. Contact email address: ubelaker@mail.smu.edu.

SEPTEMBER 17, Wednesday – “Wildflower Seeds of History” DVD Documentary Join us for a trip through the legends, facts, and ecological impact behind wildflowers. Discover what wildflowers are really doing, their historical use for food and medicine, and how they grow. Discover the facts and legends behind the wildflowers that captivate us every spring. Where did Indian Blanket get its name? How did Native Americans and settling pioneers use wildflowers for food, medicinal cures, and to create distinctive tattoos? How are they being used today to cure cancer? Explore how wildflowers impact our food chain and their symbiosis to a healthy economy, wildlife, and ecological security. Shot in high-definition in the stellar wildflower season in the spring in 2010, travel the back roads of history that forecast the seeds of the future. Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel narrates with music composed by John Mills. (El Taoseno room of Coronado Hall, Taos Convention Center). Contact email address: TaosNPS@gmail.com.

SEPTEMBER 20, Saturday – For Fee ALL DAY Field Trip for MEMBERS/Pre-Registration Required Members will meet at 8 AM in the parking lot in front of the San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos to carpool to the 10AM to Noon guided tour/nature walk led by botanist Bob Sivinski6 at the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve (LCWP). LCWP is a 35-acre nature preserve located south of Santa Fe adjacent to El Rancho de las Golondrinas in La Cienega. This rare natural cienega, or “marsh” in Spanish, hosts a bountiful diversity of plants and wildlife. The Preserve contains three distinct plant communities or zones: riparian/wetland, transitional, and dry uplands. For additional info, refer to: http://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org/plant-walk-in-the-wetlands-with-robert-sivinski/. Bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch. Limited to 12 members due to narrow paths. $5 fee/person collected by LCWP. Pre-registration required. Send an email to: TaosNPS@gmail.com.

SEPTEMBER 27, Saturday – Free Public Workshop/Pre-Registration Required Join us for a three (3) hour hands-on trees and shrubs workshop conducted by Dr. Jack Carter7 from 9 AM to Noon at the Juan I. Gonzales Agricultural Center located at 202 Chamisa Road in Taos. He will speak about the importance of botanical education and introduce his book, “Trees and Shrubs of New Mexico.” Using samples of trees and shrubs from our area, Dr. Carter will demonstrate how to use his fact-filled book to identify the plants. His book will be available for sale at the workshop at the reduced price of $20. Pre-registration is required. Send an email to: jsm449@mac.com to reserve your space!

OCTOBER 11, Saturday – Free Public ALL DAY Field Trip Join us for a hike to Valle Vidal with Bonnie Woods8 of the US Forest Service. We will meet at 8 AM in the KTAO parking lot and drive together and meet up with Bonnie at Valle Vidal to view transition and fire recovery zones. She will also share information about interesting projects on riparian restoration by managing elk migrations and point out local flora. Wear a good hat and hiking gear. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. Walking stick is optional. This hike is not strenuous. Contact email address: rlrubin46@gmail.com.

OCTOBER 15, Wednesday – Free Public Talk Attend a talk by Daniela Roth9, Program Coordinator for New Mexico State Forestry, entitled “Endangered Plants in New Mexico.”  New Mexico has one of the most diverse native floras in the U.S. that combines the species richness of several different floristic regions. About 4,000 plant species are documented from the state which ranks 4th in the U.S. with respect to plant diversity. Over 11% of the native flora is considered at risk of extinction. This talk will focus on the role of the New Mexico Endangered Plant Program in rare plant conservation and will highlight the status of some of New Mexico’s 235 rare plants. (El Taoseno room of Coronado Hall, Taos Convention Center). Contact email address: TaosNPS@gmail.com. NOTE: If you missed this Talk, access the following URL to view the video: http://youtu.be/QTrKn0jQjXI.

NOVEMBER 19, Wednesday – Annual Social & Election of 2015 Officers for MEMBERS ONLY Members gather to celebrate the season, socialize and elect officers for the following year. Our botanist, Dr. John Ubelaker will briefly talk about the amazing connection between Pinyon Trees and Pinyon Jays. Witness his rendition of a male Pinyon Jay’s mating dance! NOTE: If you missed it, access the following URL to view the video of Dr. Ubelaker’s talk/demonstration: http://youtu.be/oXQkjeIvkbc. Become a member! Become an officer so you can help lead next year’s activities! (El Taoseno room of Coronado Hall, Taos Convention Center).

If you have any questions or would like to join, please send an email to: TaosNPS@gmail.com.

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Please refer to page 4 for information about our presenters.

************************* ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS ************************

1Mark Schuetz is the owner of Watershed Dynamics which is committed to improving the health of our forests and minimizing the threat of destructive forest fires. He is well-versed in the synergistic effects of selective tree removal, controlled burns, proactive water management and the benefits of using native plants in our landscape. He works closely with the U.S. Forest Service and property owners to thin the forests and remove debris via controlled burns, mimicking Mother Nature’s natural process.

2Linda Wiener holds a PhD in entomology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and worked as a curator at the Museum of Comparative Anatomy at Harvard University before relocating to New Mexico. Since 1990, she has worked in New Mexico and around the world offering insect identification, non-toxic pest management, and insect and spider surveys.

Dr. Wiener also offers lectures and workshops on such topics as: insects as pollinators, beneficial insects, arthropods of medical importance, biodiversity, and insects and art.

3Teralene (Terry) Fox has an MS from Kansas State University. As an Adjunct Professor at UNM-Los Alamos, she taught plant taxonomy and other courses from 1970 to 1977. She worked as an ecologist for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for over 20 years doing endangered species work, biological assessments, and other ecological studies. She has studied numerous wildfires and watched Nature’s recovery for over 30 years. She has authored several publications about fire, how wildfire influences the human spirit, and the amazing recovery of the ecosystem. As a Master storyteller, she has worked with school children to help them write down the stories of their experiences with the Los Alamos evacuation and their loss due to the fire.

4David Witt is an art historian, naturalist and Taos resident. He is the Seton Legacy Project Curator for the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His ongoing research is posted at www.setonlegacyproject.blogspot.com. He has authored essays, articles, and book contributions on nature and art history topics, including four books. He holds academic degrees from Kansas State University and University of Oklahoma. Other credits include: previous Curator of Harwood Foundation of the University of New Mexico, Founder of New Mexico Art History Conference/Southwest Art History Council, Consultant and on-camera for “Lobo, the Wolf that Changed America”, BBC/PBS “Nature”, “Painting Taos”, KNME “Colores”; and a Photographer and Naturalist for the Baffin Island Expedition for the University of Texas at El Paso.

5Dr. John Ubelaker, former Chairman of the Biology Department and Academic Director SMU in Taos, earned his Ph.D. at Colorado State University in 1967. His research examines the ecological factors involved in host-parasite interactions. He is examining ecological factors involved in parasites and rodents and is producing a monograph on the parasites of rodents. He is also completing books on the ferns and buttercups of north central New Mexico. He is a professor of Biological Sciences at SMU and for the past 13 years has served as Director of the SMU-in-Taos campus at Ft. Burgwin where he teaches summer sessions. His talks and field trips are always fun and informative.

6Bob Sivinski is a botanical consultant. He previously worked 22 years as the botanist for the New Mexico Forestry Division where he coordinated various programs for rare plants and natural land conservation. He is also a curatorial associate at the University of New Mexico Herbarium and past-president of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico. Bob has been an avid student of nature photography, especially native plants, since 2001. His special interests are the flora of New Mexico and the southwest.

7Dr. Jack Carter taught at Emporia State University and Colorado College, Colorado Springs, teaching in the Biology Department from 1968 until he retired in 1995. He remains a professor emeritus and continues research on floristics of SW New Mexico and Gila National Forest. He and his wife, Martha, operate Mimbres Publications, dedicated to publishing books on natural history. They established a Conservation Fund as “a means of protecting our small part of planet Earth for future generations. Conservation will be better served when all people see themselves as part of the natural world.”

8Bonnie Woods is originally from Bisbee, Arizona. She completed her Bachelors in Environmental Sciences at Northern Arizona University and Masters degree in Wildlife Sciences from the University of Idaho. Her experience is 50:50 wildlife and vegetation/habitat dynamics. Bonnie enjoys learning about plants, their uses and observing them in their habitats. She looks at ecosystems in a broad holistic view with a focus on inter-relationships and resilience. Much of her work focuses on connections between wildlife and plants. She works across three districts in the Carson National Forest (Tres Piedras, El Rito and Canjilon) within the Wildlife, Fisheries and Rare Plants Program with a focus on surveys for threatened, endangered and sensitive species, including rare plants.

9Daniela Roth is the Endangered Plant Program Coordinator for the New Mexico State Forestry Division and the chair for the New Mexico Rare Plant Technical Council. She has worked with rare and endangered plants in the American Southwest for over 17 years, including 12 years on the Navajo Nation and 3 years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She states: “Our natural resources help define us as a state and they are an important part of who we are. Many of our native plants face challenges in the years to come due to encroachment by non-native plants, development and drought, so we must nurture and protect them for future generations.”

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