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Hello BernCo Open Space Supporters,


If you are wondering what to do this month, look no further. We have put together an incredible series of events to kick off the spring. It is also time to apply to the Master Naturalist Program. Take a moment to review all the opportunities below, and I look forward to seeing you this March.


*The workshops are FREE; however, space is limited. Please register for the following events at (Event Registration Page).


Master Naturalist Program—Time to Apply!

Apply now for the 2015 summer training

The Master Naturalist Program is ideal for individuals who have a love for the outdoors, curiosity of the natural environment, a desire to work with others, and help support conservation measures that improve land health. A select group of dedicated participants will experience a wide range of FREE classes and hands-on field experiences totaling 55 hours this June and July. Upon completion of the classes, participants will carry out a 40 hour service project on Open Space properties during the course of the following year. For more information and an application, click on the following link: Master Naturalist Program.


Naturalist Series at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande NW)

Awaken your senses to the natural world around you by observing the plants and animals in the Bosque and learn from local experts from The Museum of Southwest Biology about this extraordinary ecosystem. Click on the following link to see the flyer:Naturalist Series.

  • March 7 from 5-6:30 p.m. Natural History Research Collections and Their Role in Current Science (THIS SATURDAY)

Presenter – Dr. Joseph Cook, Director, Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB) and Curator, Division of Mammals

Overview of the Museum of Southwestern Biology collections and how they play a critical role in understanding biodiversity, emerging pathogens, and tracking environmental change.

  • March 14 from 5-6:30 p.m. – Mammals of the Middle Rio Grande Valley

Presenter – Dr. Jon Dunnum, Collection Manager, Division of Mammals, Museum of Southwestern Biology

Explore the diversity and natural history of the mammals living in our backyard where the middle Rio Grande valley contains an interesting assemblage of ecosystems, each containing a unique community of mammals.

  • March 21 from 1-2:30 p.m. – Freshwater algae of the Middle Rio Grande and other wet places in New Mexico

Presenter – Dr. Becky Bixby, UNM Biology and Museum of Southwestern Biology

Learn about the amazing diversity of algae and how they are adapted to living in interesting, (often) extreme environments including our own New Mexican rivers and springs.


Backyard Farming Series at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

This spring we are featuring Landscape for Life, a national program that  covers all the basics needed to plan, design or modify your home garden landscape; this national certificate program focuses on sustainability, permaculture and the wise use of our limited natural resources. Each workshop builds on information shared from previous classes and offers tools to assess your home landscape. Participants who attend all five sessions will receive a certificate and have the chance to win a free rain barrel and other giveaways. Click on the following link to see the flyer for the entire spring series:Landscape for Life.

  • March 14 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Sustainability in the Home Garden and Role of Soil
  • March 28 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Successful Soil Practices & Role of Water


Stories of the Middle Rio Grande at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Bernalillo County Open Space and Historic Albuquerque Inc. are presenting Stories of the Middle Rio Grande, a series that will bring to life the rich history and cultural traditions of the Albuquerque area along the Rio Grande. This year’s series will focus on the origin of the original Spanish neighborhoods, starting with historic Downtown Albuquerque and moving north to Alameda. The series will then culminate with a thought-provoking presentation on the history of Genizaros. Click here to see the flyer for the entire series: Stories of the Middle Rio Grande.

  • March 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. – Albuquerque from 1706-1846 Presented by David Schneider
  • March 26 from 7-8:30 p.m. – Albuquerque from 1846-1949 Presented by David Schneider



Colleen Langan-McRoberts

Open Space Coordinator


505-681-2605 (cell)