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Dear Open Space Supporters,

April Showers Bring May Flowers! This May will are blooming with festive and informative events that will peak your interest. See the list of events below and register at www.bernco.gov/openspace.

For a complete list of events this year, click on the following link: BernCo Open Space Program of Events.

Soaring the South Valley: A Celebration of Birds and Planes

May 10 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Durand Open Space (4750 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Bernalillo County Open Space is working with a number of partners to organize this fun-filled family event celebrating both birds and planes at Durand Open Space. Activities including the following.

Birds: guided bird walks, live birds of prey, birding 101 tips and trick, kids activities and free South Valley Bird Guides.

Planes: real and model planes for display, glider plane demonstrations, and history of planes at Durand.

Click here to view the flyer: Soaring the South Valley.

Backyard Farming Series:

Recycled and Natural Building Materials in the Garden (This Saturday)

May 3 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Participants will learn how to identify what structures are needed and how they may alter the gardenscape. Looking at available materials that nature gives us will also be covered as well as recycled materials and managing a “resource pile.” This is the fifth class in a six-part series.

Complete Garden Design—Presentations and Certificates

May 17 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

In this final workshop- of our six part mini-series, we will have a chance to see and share ideas from our own home landscapes. Certificates will be given to all those who attended all six workshops in the series.

Naturalist Series:

Geomorphology of the Rio Grande (This Sunday)

May 4 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Geomorphology, the scientific study of landforms and processes that shape them, is an iconic process throughout the New Mexico landscape. Doug Bland with the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources will present what shaped the Rio Grande Valley and surrounding area.

EcoRegions of New Mexico and Albuquerque Area

May 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

New Mexico’s natural beauty and diversity is largely due to its different EcoRegions including the Chihuahuan Desert, Great Basin Grassland and Montane Forest. William W. Dunmire has authored many books on this topic, including New Mexico’s Living Landscapes: A Roadside View. Come learn about what makes this the Land of Enchantment.

Families Exploring the Wonder of Nature:

Buds and Blooms presented by Nature, Nurture, Play (This workshop is intended for children’s from babies to 8 years old.)

May 18 from 12- 1:30 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Are flower buds and leaf buds the same: What does a flower look like up close? Do all flowers smell good? We’ll be drawing and painting this day.

May Flowers presented by The Cottonwood Gulch Foundations (This workshop is intended for children from 8 years old on up.)

May 31 from 12- 1:30 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Bzzzz, Bzzz. What’s that sound? Is it a plane? A weed wacker? No, it’s a pollinator. Adults learn the importance of pollinators including bees, hummingbirds and butterflies to name a few while kids try to collect some critters for a first-hand look. Families will go home with a sweet reminder of the importance of pollination.

Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Series:

Wilderness in New Mexico: A Virtual Tour

May 17 from 7-8 p.m. at Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center (Unser Blvd. at Western Trail NW)

Enjoy an evening under the stars at the Petroglyph National Monument with Diane Souder who will present a slideshow of wilderness areas throughout New Mexico

Remember to RSVP at www.bernco.gov/openspace, or call me at 314-0398.

Colleen Langan-McRoberts

Open Space Coordinator

505-314-0398

505-681-2605 (cell)

www.bernco.gov/openspace