Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m., Lobo Living Room: Reading the River, with UNM Professor Emerita Basia Irland. At Ballroom C of the Student Union Building. Professor Ireland will discuss how her work as an artist and activist explores international water issues, specifically waterborne diseases, drought, and rivers she has explored in Africa, Canada, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Registration begins at 5:30, followed by Irland’s lecture and closing with a reception in Smith Plaza. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 23 on the UNM Alumni Association website. The event is free. For additional information contact the Alumni Relations Office at 505-277-5808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, May 2, MRGCD Board of Directors candidates at the North Valley Coalition meeting. There will be presentations followed by a Q&A with Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) board candidates Barbara Baca, Glen Duggins, and John Kelly. These are the candidates you will be able to vote for if you are an MRGCD voter in Bernalillo County. The presentations will be at about 6:00 pm, and some of the candidates may also be present at the Coalition’s meet-and-greet at 5:30 pm. At the Los Griegos Center, 1231 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107.
Saturday, May 4, 9am to 12 noon, Yerba Mansa Project Bosque Restoration Field Day. The Yerba Mansa Project has for years been restoring the bosque by removing the horrible invasive, non-native Ravenna Grass from the understory and then replanting and reseeding with native grasses, herbs, and shrubs. The work will be at their Albuquerque restoration site along Tingley Drive, south of Central. Park in the lot at the south end of all the fishing ponds, which is .8 miles south of Central. Wear protective long sleeve clothing and bring plenty of water as well as work gloves and a shovel, if you have them. City of Albuquerque Open Space will train you and provide gloves and tools for anyone who needs them. Please RSVP with the number in your group so they will know how many volunteers to expect.
Monday, May 6, 6:00 p.m., BAT talk by biologist Kim Eichhorst. Kim is the head of the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) at UNM. The cottonwood forest in our bosque is old and beginning to senesce. As the climate warms, there will be less water in the river, and the water table in the bosque will drop, further stressing the cottonwoods. Kim will discuss a model she is developing to predict when we can expect cottonwoods to die. At the Sierra Club office, 2215 Lead SE, east of Yale. There is parking in the back, but please do not park in the spaces for the apartment building to the west.