Talk by Kristen Honig: Photographing Wildfires

LOS ALAMOS NATURE CENTER

Photo Kristen Honig.

On Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Kristen Honig will discuss her observations, show her photographs, and give you a behind the scenes look at what it is like to be a wildfire photographer. Honig’s wildfire photos have been recognized by National Geographic and featured in numerous magazines and publications, including Popular ScienceOutside MagazineHigh Country NewsWildland Firefighter MagazineFire Management Today, and in the novel On the Burning Edge. This special presentation at the Los Alamos Nature Center is free and made possible thanks to the Los Alamos Photo Club and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).Continue reading

Bandelier Hosting Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday, February 16

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

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Bandelier staff and visitors will be looking for birds during the Great Backyard Bird Count on Friday, February 16.

This weekend, February 16-19, will be the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count, which in 2018 is part of the Year of the Bird. Anyone who would like to participate can watch birds at home or come out to three locations at Bandelier National Monument – or both!  Sightings become part of observations to help track population density, health, and movements of birds worldwide.

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Bandelier Celebrates February of Year of the Bird: Great Backyard Bird Count

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

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Sandhill Cranes.

Join Bandelier in February as the park continues to celebrate the Year of the Bird!  This year is the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. Throughout 2018, we will be joining National Geographic, the Audubon Society and numerous other organizations around the country in recognizing this milestone by celebrating the Year of the Bird.

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Late Winter Activities in Bandelier – A Star Party, Birds and the Park’s Birthday

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

On February 11, 1916, then-President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation creating a new park out in a largely unknown area of the largely unknown State of New Mexico.  This year marks the 102nd birthday of Bandelier National Monument, which, with about 200,000 visitors a year, is not nearly as unknown now as it was in 1916. It’s not exactly isolated out in the wilds of New Mexico any more either, since it has two more National Park Service areas, the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, as neighbors.  To celebrate the 102nd, there will be cookies at the Bandelier Visitor Center starting at 1:00 p.m.

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Reclaimed Passion Show Creations by Jennnifer Olson on Exhibit at the Jemez Springs Artisans Gallery

By Jennifer Olson

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Jemez Springs Artisans Gallery interior

I have enjoyed working with semi-precious stones and making jewelry for many years. At times, I became obsessed with it, and made it with passion. Then, the passion would begin to wane. I still enjoyed it – just not as much.

I recently started working with metal and getting really excited about it. It’s doing the trick. The passion is back! The possibilities seem endless, and I’m having some serious fun creating new jewelry.

So, come on by the Artisans Gallery and say those three magic words – “I want it!” That would make me so happy, my passion will overflow.

My creations will be there February 2rd – through the 16th. If you show up on Saturday, the 10th, between 1 and 3, I’ll be there to say “hi”, feed you snacks, and smile at you. You might even be able to commission me to make something just for you. And while you’re there, you can browse others works of passion.

Bandelier National Monument Gets Valuable Help from Friends Group

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

 

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Ever since 1987, the Friends of Bandelier have supported the park, providing funding for projects that couldn’t have been done within Bandelier’s regular budget. With money raised from members all over the country and beyond, through the years these projects have included biological surveys, post-fire recovery studies, handicap ramps for the parking area, campsite upgrades, archeological surveys, mapping ancient trails, pueblo crafts demonstrations, and more.

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Hike Up Mesa de Las Casas

By Stan Renfro
JEMEZ HIKING
Mesa de Las Casas
At 10 a.m., on Friday, December 8, I will lead a hike up Mesa de Las Casas, leaving from the intersection of Camino Corto and Vista Hermosa, located above the Trailhouse store.
Bring water and food, and don’t forget that the weather may get colder than it is, and may surprise us. The journey takes about five hours, and is precipitous.

How to get Started on Your Own Penstemon Garden

By Sandra West

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

On Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., gardener and scientist Larry Deaven will share stories, tips, and photos to get you started on your own penstemon garden. This special presentation at the Los Alamos Nature Center is free and made possible by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).Continue reading

Stars and Mysteries in the Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

Sandra West

NATURE CENTER PLANETARIUM

On Friday, December 1st at 7 PM, Paul Arendt will project the December night sky on the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium dome and introduce neighboring galaxy, planets, and other celestial objects visible without telescopes. Then, the fascinating planetarium film Mysteries of the Unseen World will play in the planetarium on December 2nd and 3rd at 2 PM. These planetarium programs take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

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Play Eight-Player Super Smash Bros. on the Nature Center Planetarium Dome

By Sandra West

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

Play an eight-player Super Smash Bros. tournament on a 10’ x 20’ screen. Find out on Tuesday, November 21, when the Los Alamos Teen Center and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will project the video game onto the planetarium dome at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This event is free and open to the public. The tournament starts at 6 p.m., so bring your friends and quick reflexes.

This fun evening will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call (505) 662-0460.

Cacti are Cool:  Celebrating Indigenous Ecological Practices with DIY Terrariums

Cacti are Cool:
Celebrating Indigenous Ecological Practices with DIY Terrariums

Friday, December 1 | 10am – 12noon

MoCNA Project Lab

Take a moment to stop and smell…the cactus! Spend a morning learning about indigenous dryland and desert ecological practices through our current exhibition, Desert ArtLAB: Ecologies of Resistance, and then put that knowledge to use by building your own cactus terrarium.

 

This event is limited to 20 participants with a fee of $10 for materials. For more information and to RSVP, please contact MoCNA Membership + Programs Manager Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo) at (505) 428-5907 or ahanley@iaia.edu.

New Mexicans Gear Up to Confront Interior Secretary Zinke Over the Air We Breathe

Ramona Blaber

SIERRA CLUB

The San Juan Basin, our  neighboring methane gas producing area.

 

Parents, faith leaders and elected officials will gather at BLM offices statewide Monday to deliver comments opposing another attempt to undermine a key BLM safeguard that would reduce methane waste from oil and gas operations on public lands.

New Mexico citizens have commented in overwhelming support of these rules again and again. The two-year delay proposed would undermine public health and royalty income to New Mexico and allow oil and gas companies to continue leaking methane and other toxic pollution into the air we breathe. New Mexicans will deliver comments in person on the last day of the BLM’s public-comment period on the proposed delay.

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¡COLORES! EPISODE FEATURING FRIDA KAHLO – HER PHOTOSCURATOR PABLO ORTIZ MONASTERIO

…and other upcoming events at the UNM Art Museum.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Episode Airs Saturday, November 4, 4:00pm

New Mexico PBS/KNME-TV
Tune into ¡COLORES! New Mexico PBS to watch an interview with the curator of “Frida Kahlo – Her Photos.  In this segment Pablo Ortiz-Monasterio shares how these photographs, which lay hidden in the Frida Kahlo Museum for over 50 years, expand our understanding of her life and art.
¡COLORES! is a weekly art series with stories devoted to the creative spirit. The series features local and national stories about film, visual and performing arts, theater, photography, literature, painting, sculpture, poetry and dance.

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