Online Presentations We Enjoyed
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Albuquerque Chapter Presentations
A Journey Across the Southwest: Unveiling the relationships in a Spiny Group of Desert Shrubs Called Glossopetalon
Ralph Peters of the New Mexico Cactus and Succulent Society enjoys growing cacti from seed, but has also traveled extensively to find and photograph cacti in habitat. Here he shares what he and colleagues have discovered in northwestern and south-central/southeastern New Mexico in the way of rare and less well-known species and their surroundings. To keep to a reasonable length, he does not include the fascinating Opuntia tribe (chollas and pricklypears) this time. https://youtu.be/oNs1it5cc4g
Land restoration is best achieved using native plants, but appropriate seed and plant starts are in short supply. The Institute for Applied Ecology/Southwest Seed Partnership successfully promoted three novel sources with help from the Carter Conservation Fund of NPSNM. https://youtu.be/5LuUmSb_q9g
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
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
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
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
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
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
Gila Chapter Presentations
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
Russ Kleinman gives a basic introduction to lichens - what they are, how they have been used, their biology and some of the most common lichens in our area. As Russ says, "we hope you will be as fascinated as we are by these compact little ecosystems that we call lichens!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOXLrGAERxU&feature=youtu.be
Russ Kleinman's Virtual Urban Field trip shows us Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe), a noxious, non-native thistle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8NbCZIufiY&list=PLOUh0ZlyGaM2ILzHW7tUBmUO33dXEMC_7
Las Cruces Chapter Presentations
An extensive and varied compilation of wildflower photos from the many rich habitats in the area of Las Cruces in southern New Mexico. James Von Loh photographer and narrator. https://youtu.be/nvhegwZBkPg
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
Trystan Harpold on invasive plant species, their impacts on native ecosystems, and his research being conducted by alongside Prof. Zachary Rogers, and Dr. Sara Fuentes-Soriano on the exotic and invasive species of the New Mexico State University campus and the wider Las Cruces community. https://youtu.be/SUAxW_i24Ug
Santa Fe Chapter Presentations
Rediscovering the Spiritual and Ecological Underpinning that Helped Define Native People’s Relationship to Nature
Hunter Wahpepah is an ethnobotany student at the Institute of American Indians Arts. He is Kickapoo and was raised by Cherokees in Oklahoma. Here, he will be shows images of winter and summer homes built using cattails. View the presentation on the IAIA website here.