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Natural History of the Gila
October 6 and 7, 2006


Where is it?
West Fork of the Gila river"Natural History of the Gila: A Southwestern New Mexico Symposium" will share time October 6 and 7 between informative presentations at the Global Resource Center of Western New Mexico University and fieldtrips to special sites along the Gila.


Learn about the diverse plant and animal life of the Gila River, the West's last remaining un-dammed riverine ecosystem. A unique blend of arid landscapes and lush riversides, the Gila is a glistening jewel through the Southwest US, and is home to thousands of remarkable species of plants, insects and animals.

Join researchers from regional universities, federal and state agencies, and conservation organizations in exploring the relevant issues regarding this environmental treasure. "Natural History of the Gila: A Southwestern New Mexico Symposium" will share time October 6 and 7 between informative presentations at the Global Resource Center of Western New Mexico University and fieldtrips to special sites along the Gila.

Activities include:

Friday, October 6
  • 8:00 - 9:00 am
    Registration at the Global Resource Center, Western New Mexico University Campus
  • 9:00 - 9:30 am
    Keynote Speaker : Marcia R. Andre:Forest Supervisor, Gila National Forest
  • 9:45 - 12:15
    Three concurrent sessions cover a wide range of topics including hydrology, ornithology, ichthyology, botany, fire ecology, anthropology and more.
  • 12:15 to 1:15 pm
    Lunch (Optional at the WNMU campus cafeteria)
  • 1:30 4:30 pm
    Concurrent sessions continue.
  • 5:00 - 8:00 pm
    Social Gathering and idea sharing at the Buckhorn Opera House in historic Pinos Altos, NM.

Saturday, October 7
Field trips:
  • Gallinas Canyon:Botanical Highlights of the Mimbres & Black Range with Bob Sivinski
  • Fish Fauna of the Gila/San Franscisco River basin with Dr. David Probst
  • Stream Restoration with Van Clothier
  • Environmental impacts of ORVs in the Gila NF with Chris Kassar
  • Birds of the Gila with Dr. Roland Shook
The Gila watershed has been the focus of research over the past century. Research has covered a broad range of topics, including ecology, taxonomy, and conservation of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, moths, invertebrates and plants. These research projects have originated from universities, state and federal agencies, from private conservation agencies and individuals. Results of these studies consist of published papers, unpublished studies, graduate student theses, reports, and manuscripts.

The major objective of bringing together researchers from a broad range of disciplines is to listen and learn from each other. Because so much research remains unpublished, the Symposium presents an opportunity to share past and on-going research with fellow scientists and the public. More than 30 individuals have submitted titles and abstracts. A number of organizations are cosponsoring this event. These include the Gila Conservation Education Center, Western New Mexico University, The Nature Conservancy, the Native Plant Society of New Mexico, and the Southwestern New Mexico chapter of the Audubon Society.

The symposium will consist of concurrent presentations on Friday, beginning with a keynote address by Gila National Forest Supervisor Marcia Andre, and field trips on Saturday. Field trips topics include: Gallinas Canyon: Botanical Highlights of the Mimbres & Black Range with Bob Sivinski; Fish Fauna of the Gila/San Franscisco River basin with Dr. David Probst; Stream Restoration with Van Clothier; Environmental impacts of Off Road Vehicles in the Gila NF with Chris Kassar; and Birds of the Gila with Dr. Roland Shook.

The organizers intend to use the momentum generated by the Symposium to develop and promote further research that will increase our understanding of the ecology and biological diversity of southwest New Mexico. Scientists, agency staff, and people in the region have responded enthusiastically to the idea of learning about the region in this accessible format.

The symposium concurrent sessions cover a wide range of topics including hydrology, ornithology, ichthyology, botany, fire ecology, anthropology and more. A list of the sessions is available here.

A registration form is available here. Registration is open to the public and is just $25, payable to Gila Conservation Education Center:

Natural History Symposium
Attention: Patrice Mutchnick
Western New Mexico University
P.O. Box 680
Silver City NM 88062


 


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