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 playback. Most have now been edited to remove extraneous business.

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.

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The videos are most enjoyable when viewed in full-screen mode. Click on the little box symbol in the lower right of the YouTube playback window. The main feature will fill your screen so that ads and other things disappear. The Zoom full screen button is similar for those presentations still in that format.

Recent presentations now available:

(Please report any dead links by sending an email to ask.npsnm”at”gmail.com.)

“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. Mar

y 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


“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


Oldies but goodies:

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