President: Jan Martenson

Vice President: Dodie Nelson

Secretary: Diana Rushing

Treasurer: Martha Brown

Membership Chair: Vacant

Chapter Representative: Jan Martenson

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Happenings – 2017

Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the months March, April, May, June, October, and November.  We meet in the boardroom at the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (118 Cruz Alta Rd), 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  All meetings are free and open to the public.  Please join us and bring your friends!

NOTE:  Our schedule is subject to change.   Please check our Facebook page for updates. Also watch for our articles in 2nd Thursday Taos News Home & Garden Section.  Questions? email us at TaosNPS@gmail.com or call Jan at 575-751-0511.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * MEETINGS * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Mar. 15:  Hummingbirds of North Central New Mexico and their favorite native plants.  John Ubelaker, Professor, SMU-in-Taos/ Fort Burgwin.

Apr. 19:  Natural Landscapes and Human Habitat: connectivity, restoration, and care.  Sylvia Rains Dennis, native plant ecologist/educator.

May 17:   Save a Place for Wildlife.   George Miller, president, Albuquerque chapter, NPSNM; environmental photojournalist, naturalist and author. Human housing disrupts the complex web of life from soil microorganisms to the butterflies, bees, birds, and small mammals that once lived here. By purposefully landscaping with native plants we can repair the habitat one yard at a time. He will discuss the back yard basics and plants that will create an oasis for wildlife in a desert of gravel lawns, alien plants, pavement and parking lots.

June 21: Gathering Native Seeds in NM for Conservation and Restoration.  Lillis Urban, Botanist/Ecologist (Interdisciplinary), BLM/Taos Field Office

Sept 14-17:     State conference, hosted by Taos Chapter, at SMU-in-Taos/Fort Burgwin

Oct. 18:   TBA

Nov. 15 TBA

* * * * * * * * * * * * *  MEETING VIDEOS * * * * * * * * * * * * *

If you would like to view recordings of past meetings, they are available on YouTube at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNxVcucbNYai7KSPYkJ64UpN2Vd6jVNfh.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *  FIELD TRIPS / HIKES * * * * * * * * * * * * *

April 29:   Santa Fe nurseries.  Meet at 8:30am in the rear parking lot of the San Francisco de Asis church in Ranchos.  We’ll car pool to Santa Fe, first visiting Plants of the Southwest to look at the plants for sale.  They do not take credit cards so bring cash or a check. After lunch at the café at PSW, we will visit Agua Fria nursery, then return to Taos mid-afternoon. Contact Jan Martenson 575-751-0511 or taosnps@gmail.com

May 20 morning:  Trees of Taos, SMU / Ft. Burgwin.  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.

June 17 full day:    Pedernal/Ghost Ranch.  Meet at 8:00am at the San Francisco de Asis church in Ranchos, in the rear parking lot, to car pool to Pedernal. This is a moderate hike through the Cretaceous landscape.  We will examine desert plants of the upper Sonoran zone, characterized by cactus, yucca, juniper and piñon pine, cactus, and yucca. Following the hike we will drive to Ghost Ranch to eat our lunches and tour the Paleontology museum and see the dinosaurs collected from the area.

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 22 morning:  Amole Canyon Hike, off Forest Service Rd 7-3, 20 min (13.9 mi) from Hwy 518/68 intersection.  (meet for carpooling at 8:30am at Ranchos church).  Common wildflowers in meadows and a mixed conifer forest between 8400-8600 feet.  Easy hike under 3 miles.

Aug. 12: 10 am (3-4 hrs; bring a snack).  Distillation workshop with Wendy Whiteman.

This is a hands-on opportunity to learn about the Big Sagebrush or Artemisia tridentata plant that covers a vast area of Northern New Mexico.

There will be a lecture and participation in a steam-distillation of fresh harvested Artemisia tridentata which will yield both the essential oil of this plant and a hydrosol. As the distillation process takes place, Wendy will talk about the plants physical characteristics, signatures, herbal uses, local folklore, and history.  Participants will be able to take home small samples of the essential oil and the hydrosol. Instructions on how to use the oil and hydrosol will be included in the lecture. Fee: $8.00 each

Limited to 10, reservation required, bring a chair.  Contact Jan Martenson 575-751-0511 or taosnps@gmail.com.

Aug. 19 full day:   Williams Lake.  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, and eat lunch at the lake.

This is a moderately strenuous hike with an elevation gain of 1,000 feet. Wear appropriate hiking gear, sunscreen, and bring a lunch and plenty of water. Walking stick is optional.  An advance reservation is required. Contact: ubelaker@mail.smu.edu; 214-726-5014 to reserve or cancel your reservation.


Taos Chapter History HERE

Chapter Reports

2015 Taos Chapter Report

2014 Taos Chapter Report

2013 Taos Chapter Report

2012 Taos Chapter Report

2011 Taos Chapter Report

Taos Chapter Files Page




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