Our chapters cope with Covid-19, sharing their presentations online.
We are adding new presentation videos monthly as NPSNM chapters continue meeting via computer while state restrictions on groups remain in place. Newest additions play from YouTube, so there is no need to know Zoom procedures or controls for you to enjoy them.
Click any link you see in red from the list below. If you cannot hear the presentation, make sure your computer’s own volume control is turned up.
The videos are most enjoyable when viewed in full-screen mode so that ads and other things disappear. Click on the little box symbol in the lower right of the YouTube playback window.
Most Recent Additions:
Build it and They Will Come: Creating Wildlife Habitat: With decades of experience, Wes Brittenham talks about the requirements and the joys of gardening for wildlife. https://youtu.be/rxu_TN47Zt8
Favorite Books, Websites, and Places: Las Cruces hosts a friendly online reunion, well-attended by New Mexico plant enthusiasts and botanists of mild renown, to share stories, favorite moments, and favorite plants. Joan Woodward opens the evening, NMSU Herbarium curator Sara Fuentes-Soriano moderates, and Zachary Rogers displays images as they are discussed. Opening remarks are by local botanists, horticulturalists, authors, naturalists, and others prior to members’ and guests’ discussions. https://youtu.be/kfajgRhB4qI
Natural Heritage New Mexico: Richard Norwood gives a tour of an ambitious and far-reaching database of all aspects of our state’s environment, from the Conservation Information System to the NM Rare Plants Website to Zoological monitoring — at our fingertips! https://youtu.be/qVc_C9uFq7Q
Moths of the Gila (and beyond): Ronald Perry, PhD. has been collecting moths in the Gila and Burro Mtn. areas of New Mexico for decades. After he briefly reviews the basics of entomology, he guides us through an array of moth families represented in the Southwest, along with their amazing adaptions. https://youtu.be/Cmw9DtFdyEY
“What in the World Was I Thinking? Or, the Making of ‘Flora Neomexicana:’” Presentation by Kelly Allred for the Gila Chapter in January, 2021. Allred, who co-authored the definitive guide to New Mexico’s vascular plants, describes how he got caught up in such a monumental task. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnZ1N1wSl1w
‘The 2020-2021 GNPS Holiday Video,” The Gila chapter offers lighthearted cheer and thoughtful tributes to our dear departed botanists, Jack Carter and Richard Felger. Take time out to enjoy this! https://youtu.be/uw0CI_7IAo0
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“Wildflowers of the Florida Mountains,” presented by George Miller and Pam McBride, highlight wildflowers found in this isolated, southern mountain range, contrasting early spring with early fall seasons. By the way, in this case Florida is not pronounced like the southeastern state but rhymes with Dorita. Go to https://youtu.be/coFHR3KPob0
“New Mexico’s Rare Plant Conservation Strategy” presented by NM State Botanist Daniela Roth who introduces us to designated rare plant areas and to the conservation score card that includes all NM plants of concern. See the recording at https://youtu.be/Lg7wRZmSbWU
“Yucca: Technology & Tradition” with Mary Weahkee, Native American archeologist with the Museum of New Mexico. Mary illustrates and explains methods used for centuries to create useful and often beautiful items from yucca and other natural fibers. Some techniques have yet to be duplicated in modern times. https://youtu.be/GdDKTiA2a1k
“Impacts of Climate Change across New Mexico & Beyond” with Dave Dubois, climatologist at New Mexico State University presenting to the Taos Chapter.https://youtu.be/X8IlIzqiGaE
“Withdrawals from Glyphosate” with George Radnovich, a pioneer in regionally conscious landscape design and xeriscaping for the Southwest. He details the pains and promises of transitioning to public property management without glyphosate in a culture whose very design and expectations have considered herbicide dependence a given. https://youtu.be/cyDHbnDe8wA
“Insects in Decline” with Anna Walker of the Albuquerque Biopark. Is it real? Why is it a problem? What can be done? https://youtu.be/_7pTQ6f6qaE
Oldies but goodies:
“Forest Changes in Northern New Mexico Mountains: Past, Present, & Climate-Driven Future,” with Craig Allen, USGS researcher. 40 years of research told in a way that will keep you fascinated as well as concerned. https://youtu.be/qi1EXYh_URw
“Milkweed Restaurants along the Rio Grande” Naturalist/Photographer/Bicyclist Jim Von Loh (Las Cruces chapter) brings us face to face with a menagerie that dwells in the milkweed habitat along the Rio in southern New Mexico. Astonishing photos! https://youtu.be/SNBg1KvFSUc
“Tijeras Creek Remediation Project” with Jim Brooks, founder and president of Soilutions, Inc. Short-sighted development deprived an important watershed of precious rainwater. Here Jim describes the array of effective methods that are putting a wasted resource to good use, reconnecting a stream with the floodplain, and restoring the native vegetative community. https://youtu.be/KiQtTX5Vl_E
Las Cruces Chapter (April, 2020): “Designing a botanic garden for research and aesthetics,” with Rachel Gioannini, Assistant Professor at NMSU, experienced in both design and horticulture. https://youtu.be/-kqKlC10ICI
Taos (June)Chapter: “Best Wildflower Hikes New Mexico,” with Christina Selby. https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/7vYuE-_y7mBIZtLCz2zndfdxOI65X6a80Ccc_KcKnU84K_bu95IB5eNtKORutwR4 Use password 6g^^My6t when requested. (Note: this presentation was first featured by the Santa Fe chapter.)
Las Cruces Chapter (May): “Natives vs. Exotics: Reducing non-native plant species in urban landscapes of Southern New Mexico.” With Trystan Harpold. https://youtu.be/SUAxW_i24Ug
Gila Chapter: “Lichens for Beginners,” by Russ Kleinman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOXLrGAERxU&feature=youtu.be
Gila Chapter: Russ Kleinman’s Virtual Urban Field trip. Telling weeds from native wildflowers around Silver City. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8NbCZIufiY&list=PLOUh0ZlyGaM2ILzHW7tUBmUO33dXEMC_7
Gila Chapter: Don Graves narrates wildflower walks along Meadow Creek.
Lower Meadow Creek Trail: https://youtu.be/FYj-b0BEZdg
Upper Meadow Creek Trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF9CiPBnXpc&feature=youtu.be