NM Volunteers for Outdoors Work Day - February 22, 2014 -Restore habitat for the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

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Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System in the lower 48 states. The 230,000 acre refuge includes four different biomes that intersect and support a wide array of biological diversity. The Rio Grande flows through the center of the refuge and is an importance source of water that creates an oasis for wildlife in the arid landscape. The refuge is unique in that it was set aside "to preserve and enhance the integrity and the natural character of the ecosystems of the property by creating a wildlife refuge managed as nearly as possible in its natural state." Thus the refuge is not managed for specific wildlife species but to allow natural processes such as flood and fire to prevail.

On Saturday, February 22, we will be restoring native habitat for the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher. We'll take turns cutting poles from existing Goodlings black willow trees, trimming pols, and planting poles. The work will involve bending, kneeling, stooping, lifting, using loppers, tampers and shovels. We will gather at the Visitors Center at 8:00 AM and be transported to the worksite (4 miles from the Visitors Center) by refuge staff so it's important that everyone be present by 8:00 AM! Work details will be organized once everyone is at the worksite, which is primitive, i.e., no facilities. We'll have lunch at the worksite and finish our day by 4:00 PM.

What to wear/bring. Volunteers should wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and closed shoes. Ankle-height boots are recommended - no flip-flops, please. The ground is dusty and the area is full of weeds, shrubs and other scratchy plants. Volunteers should bring water (min. 2 liters), snacks (morning and afternoon breaks), lunch, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, leather gloves, daypack for containing the above. Rain or snow will cancel the project.
How to get there. The Refuge is approximately 60 miles south of Albuquerque, off I-25S via Exit 169. Due to limited parking at the Visitors Center, we will meet at 6:40 AM at the southwest corner of the parking lot at Indian School and Carlisle for ride-sharing.

NM Pre-registration is required for planning purposes; the deadline for sign-up is Friday, Feb. 14th. For more information or to sign up, contact project leader Judy Fair-Spaulding, 505.821.9296 or calljudy@gmail.com.

Event Date & Time: 
22 February 2014
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