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    Albuquerque Chapter Presentations

    New Mexico Cactus Travelog

    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.

    City of Rocks

    Dr. Bill Norris, professor at Western New Mexico University, brings us along on his exploration of this unusual desert location as he assembles a floristic inventory.

    Wildflower Adventuring

    With Christina Selby, storyteller, filmmaker, nature photographer and author of Best Wildflower Hikes New Mexico.

    A Floral Tour of New Mexico

    Ken Heil takes us on a tour of eight interesting botanical areas where he, Steve Kane, and collaborators did field work in creating a new guide to the flora of New Mexico, with art and photos of rare, threatened, and endemic species.

    Promoting Native Plant Production for Restoration, Aided by the Carter Conservation Fund

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

    Insects in Decline

    with Anna Walker of the Albuquerque Biopark. Is it real? Why is it a problem? What can be done?

    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.

    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.

      Gila Chapter Presentations

      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.

      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!

      Lichens for Beginners

      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!"

      Telling Weeds from Native Wildflowers Around Silver City.

      Russ Kleinman's Virtual Urban Field trip shows us Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe), a noxious, non-native thistle.

      Las Cruces Chapter Presentations

      Spring and Summer Floristic Images From Around Las Cruces

      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.

      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.

      Milkweed Restaurants along the Rio Grande

      Naturalist/photographer/bicyclist Jim Von Loh brings us face to face with a menagerie that dwells in the milkweed habitat along the Rio in southern New Mexico. Astonishing photos!

      Designing a Botanic Garden for Research and Aesthetics

      with Rachel Gioannini, Assistant Professor at NMSU, experienced in both design and horticulture.

      Natives vs. Exotics: Reducing Non-Native Plant Species in Urban Landscapes of Southern New Mexico

        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.

        Taos Chapter Presentations

        Impacts of Climate Change across New Mexico and Beyond

        with Dave Dubois, climatologist at New Mexico State University presenting to the Taos Chapter.

        Best Wildflower Hikes New Mexico

        with Christina Selby

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