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President: Claudia Bianca (575-751-4551575-751-4551) seeublink ‘at’ aol.com

Vice President: Sallie Hoops (575-776-0860575-776-0860) taos800 ‘at’ aol.com

Secretary: Diana Rushing (361-463-9855361-463-9855) fultonbirder ‘at’ yahoo.com

Treasurer: Martha Brown (575-779-5127575-779-5127) mabphoto ‘at’ aol.com

Membership Chair: Sallie Hoops (575-776-0860575-776-0860) taos800 ‘at’ aol.com

Chapter Representative: Jan Martenson (575-751-0511) 331jrm.78 ‘at’ gmail.com

Taos Chapter History here

Chapter Reports

2013 Taos Chapter Report

2012 Taos Chapter Report

2011 Taos Chapter Report

Taos Chapter Files Page

2014 Schedule for NPSNM – Taos Chapter

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

TALKS are sponsored by the Taos Chapter of the Native Plants Society of New Mexico (NPSNM-Taos) and are held in the El Taoseno Room in the Taos Convention Center at 120 Civic Plaza Drive from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, March through November. Our talks 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: taos800@aol.com.

FIELD TRIPS/HIKES (HALF DAY & ALL DAY) are free and 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).

WORKSHOPS & SPECIAL FIELD TRIPS may require fees and/or reservations. See our Schedule below.

NOTE: Our schedule is subject to change, so please check the following links for updates.

  • Chapter webpage (URL = http://www.npsnm.org/about/chapters/taos/)
  • Facebook page (URL = https://www.facebook.com/pages/Native-Plant-Society-New-Mexico-Taos-Chapter/453033774707876)

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

MAR 19 (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). Free and open to the public.NOTE: If you missed this Talk, access the following URL to view the video:http://youtu.be/oj25oEXHje8.

APR 16 (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). Free and open to the public.NOTE: If you missed this Talk, access the following URL to view the video:http://youtu.be/9ihxng6SrRE.

MAY 17 (ALL DAY Field Trip) Our First Field Trip of the year is Saturday, May 17 at 8:30 AM. This one is for MEMBERS ONLY. We will 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: taos800@aol.com to sign up so you can join us on this field trip and all our other activities!

MAY 21 (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). Free and open to the public. NOTE: If you missed this Talk, access the following URL to view the video: http://youtu.be/PDUq4R0O7c.

Purchase native plants, grown and nurtured in our greenhouse! Based on the volume of native plants produced, we will have MEMBERS ONLY plant sales (get first choice) and a Farmers Market sale day. Join now!

JUNE 28 (ALL DAY Field Trip) 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. This hike is free and open to the public. An advance reservation is required. Contact David Witt to sign up at: 575-613-2949. If you need to cancel your reservation, please notify David Witt ASAP.  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.

Mid to Late JUNE (Garden Tour) Enjoy our yearly ‘Gardens in Progress’ tour for MEMBERS ONLY. We will tour the gardens of members’ 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 have lunch together at the last garden.Our Gardens in Progress tour is usually set for a Thursday or Friday. Become a member now and attend the tour!

JULY 12 (ALL DAY Field Trip) Join us for a hike to Pedernal with our botanist, Dr. John Ubelaker5. It is free and open to the public. Arrive at 8:00 AM in the parking lot in front of the San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos so we can 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.

AUG 16 (ALL DAY Field Trip) Meet David Witt4 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. 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. A walking stick is optional.

AUG through NOV Members and friends alike are encouraged to begin harvesting native plant seeds during these months. How? Place seeds in paper envelopes or sacks, label with the common name (botanical if known), collection date, and then seal. For larger seed heads or large quantities, place them in a paper bag, seal and label. When collecting in the wild, take no more than 10% of seeds in a given plant stand. Bring your seeds to our events, give them to a NPSNM member, or drop them off at our Greenhouse. We appreciate your help! NOTE: We are considering adding a seed-gathering workshop to our schedule. Watch this space for updates. Become a member!

SEPT 13 (HALF DAY Field Trip) Join us for half-day hike in the mountains at Italianos Canyon. Meet Dr. Ubelaker5at 8 AM in the KTAO parking lot to drive together to Italianos Canyon to learn about plants of the Canadian Zone. Cross mountain streams and hike an old mule trail which moved gold from the mountain top to the bottom for processing. We will also hike to an Aspen grove and learn about the role of Aspen in the Spruce and Fir forest. Free and open to the public. Watch this space for updates. Moderate hike. Wear a good hat and hiking gear. Bring plenty of water and snacks. A walking stick is optional.

SEPT 17 (Talk) Watch this space for updates.

SEPT 20 (ALL DAY Field Trip) Join us for a guided tour/nature walk with botanist Bob Sivinski at the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve (LCWP) in Santa Fe, 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.

LCWP is named for Leonora Scott Muse Curtin who first came to New Mexico from New York in 1889. She was an avid naturalist, fluent in Spanish, who became interested in medicinal and nutritional plants used by the Native Americans and early Spanish settlers. She quickly became fascinated with the healing skills of the curanderas, who used naturally growing herbs to treat the sick and injured. Healing Herbs of the Upper Rio Grande compiles Curtin’s research from her time spent in the mountain villages of Northern New Mexico. Fee: $5 per person.

SEPT 27, Saturday (Workshop) Hands-on workshop with Dr. Jack Carter6entitled, “New Mexico Trees and Shrubs”. Watch this space for updates.

OCT 15, Wednesday (Talk) Attend a talk by Daniela Roth7, Program Coordinator for New Mexico State Forestry, entitled “Endangered Plants in New Mexico.” (El Taoseno room of Coronado Hall, Taos Convention Center). Free and open to the public.

NOV 19, Wednesday (Annual Social & Election of 2015 Officers) MEMBERS gather to celebrate the season, socialize and elect officers for the following year. 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: taos800@aol.com.

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************************* ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS *************************

 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 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 Wittis 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.

6 Dr. Jack Cartertaught 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.”

7 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. 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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