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

Taos Chapter History HERE

Chapter Reports

2014 Taos Chapter Report

2013 Taos Chapter Report

2012 Taos Chapter Report

2011 Taos Chapter Report

Taos Chapter Files Page

 2015 Schedule for NPSNM – Taos Chapter

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

The Taos Chapter holds meetings with invited speakers on the 3rd Wednesday of the months March, April, May, September, October, & November.  The meetings are held in the boardroom at the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (118 Cruz Alta Rd), 7:00pm to 8:30pm.  Our meetings are free and open to the public.  Please join us and bring your friends!

NOTE:  Our schedule is subject to change.  Please check this page or our Facebook page for updates (for Facebook, search for “Native Plant Society New Mexico Taos Chapter”; URL = https://www.facebook.com/pages/Native-Plant-Society-New-Mexico-Taos-Chapter/453033774707876).  Feel free to email us at TaosNPS@gmail.com.

****************************FALL SCHEDULE ****************************

Sept. 16  Meeting:  “Flowers of San Pedro Parks Wilderness: The place the warming forgot” by Charles “Chick” Keller of Los Alamos. After the last glacial period, the Jemez Mountains warmed causing the high altitude ‘cold’ tolerant plants to disappear except in this special place. The altitude in the SPP is high (10,000 to 10,500 feet) and the terrain is mostly flat, resulting in wide areas of wetlands, the so-called ‘parks’. High altitude, wet-adapted plants were able to persist in this environment. Meanwhile, similar plants in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains retreated to much higher altitudes. Thus many of the plants in the SPP represent survivor populations isolated from similar species for up to 10,000 years.

Oct. 21 Meeting:  “Native Plants are the Bees’ Knees” by Zach & Jasmine Cecelic of Wildhood Farms in Truchas.

Nov. 19 Meeting:  Larry Littlefield talks about his new book, “Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico,” to be followed with a social pot-luck with silent auction to end our year.

**************************** EARLIER EVENTS 2015 ****************************

March 18 Meeting/Talk:  “Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts of the Taos Ski Area” by Russ Kleinman, Adjunct Professor of Plant Taxonomy at Western NM University, Silver City, NM, and Kelly Allred, Professor Emeritus, NMSU, Las Cruces.  There is a very rich bryophyte flora in the Taos area. Drs. Kleinman & Allred will describe what mosses, liverworts and hornworts are and how to collect and begin to identify them. The presentation will be richly supplemented with photographs and photomicrographs of mosses found in the Taos Ski Area.

A video recording of the talk is available at http://taos22.com/videos/native-plant-society-taos-chapter-presents-russ-kleinman/.

April 15 Meeting/Talk: “Volunteering with Invasives at Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge” by Joe Zebrowski, past president of the Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. He teaches Geographic Information Systems at New Mexico Highlands University and serves as the University’s research liaison to Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge. Joe has provided mapping and ecological monitoring support to restoration projects around the state.  The legacy of overgrazing, disruption of historic fire regimes, and other disturbances at the new Rio Mora NWR have led to encroachment by invasive plants.

A video of the talk is available at http://taos22.com/videos/volunteering-with-invasives-at-rio-mora-national-wildlife-refuge-by-joe-zebrowski/.

April 25 Santa Fe nurseries (for members only)

Full Day:  Meet at the San Francisco de Asis church in Ranchos, in the rear parking lot, to car pool to Santa Fe leaving at 8:30am. We’ll travel first to Plants of the Southwest to look at the plants for sale and then have an early lunch there. They do not take credit cards so bring cash or a check. After lunch we will visit a second nursery, then return to Taos mid-afternoon. Contact Eve Childs-Best, eve.childs.best@gmail.com; 303-870-2790.

May 16 SMU Taos, Ft. Burgwin

Half Day:  Meet Dr. John Ubelaker at the Ft. Burgwin-SMU campus on Hwy. 518 at 8:30am. Drive into the first entrance and park by the library. Dr. Ubelaker will meet you there and lead an easy hike along the stream. Dominant and common plants of the Transition zone will be examined. This zone extends from about 6,000 to 8,000 feet and is characterized by several dominant plants and some invasive species. Native flowering plants encountered will be examined. Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. Contact Dr. Ubelaker, ubelaker@mail.smu.edu; 214-726-5014.

May 20 Meeting/Talk:  “Wild Medicinal Plants of Northern New Mexico” by Rob Hawley, medical herbalist and owner of Taos Herb. A video of the talk is available at http://taos22.com/videos/wild-medicinal-plants-of-northern-new-mexico-by-rob-hawley/

Jun 20  Pedernal & Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu

Full Day:  Join us for a hike in the upper Sonoran zone with Dr. Ubelaker.  Meet at 8:00am at the San Francisco de Asis church in Ranchos, in the rear parking lot, to car pool to Pedernal. The hike will involve evaluation of the desert plants of this zone characterized by cactus, yucca, juniper and piñon 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.

This hike is not strenuous but has some small hills and valleys that we will cross; a walking stick is optional. Wear appropriate hiking gear, a hat, sunscreen, and bring a lunch and plenty of water. Contact: ubelaker@mail.smu.edu; 214-726-5014.

July 11  Italianos Trail Hike

Half Day:  Cool off with us in the mountains. Meet Dr. Ubelaker at 8:00am at the KTAO parking lot to drive together to Italianos Canyon to learn about plants of the Canadian Zone. Cross a mountain stream seven times and hike an old mule trail that moved gold from the mountaintop to the bottom for processing. We will hike to an Aspen grove and review the role of Aspen in the Spruce and Fir forest.

Hiking difficulty:  moderate (uphill to Aspen grove) at altitude 8000-,8400 ft. Wear appropriate hiking gear, sunscreen, and bring plenty of water. A walking stick is useful in crossing the stream. Contact: ubelaker@mail.smu.edu; 214-726-5014.

Aug. 8  Upper Taos Ski Valley – search for a rare wildflower

Full Day Reservation Required:  Learn about alpine and upper Canadian zone plants with Daniela Roth*, John Ubelaker, and David Witt. The hike will begin promptly at 8:15am from the upper parking lot at the ski valley main entrance:  drive to the parking area closest to the Bull-of-the-Woods trailhead (near the large sign “Cabin & Private Homes, St. Bernard Condominiums, Twining Condominiums, The Bavarian). We will hike to Frazer Hill looking for a Mustard species, Draba henrici, recently described from this area. [*Daniela 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.]

Hiking difficulty varies from moderate to strenuous at altitude from 10,000 to 11,000 feet. Wear appropriate hiking gear, sunscreen, and bring a lunch and plenty of water. An advance reservation is required. Contact: ubelaker@mail.smu.edu; 214-726-5014 to reserve or cancel your reservation.

Aug. 22 Tres Piedras:  Leopold House, Stewart Meadow with Bonnie Woods

Full Day Reservation Required:  Meet at 8:30am at the KTAO parking lot to car pool to the Tres Piedras area. We will visit the Aldo Leopold house and look at plans for a native plant garden. After lunch at the Chili Line café we will go up to Stewart Meadow which is a big grazing exclosure on the Rio San Antonio to view great wildlife, plant habitats with wildflowers, beaver ponds, and willow stands.

Hiking difficulty: easy to moderate.  Bring hiking gear, sunscreen, and plenty of water.  An advance reservation is required. Contact: Richard Rubin, rlrubin46@gmail.com, or 575-200-4044, to reserve or cancel your reservation.

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