Evening meetings of the Gila Native Plant Society will be held throughout the fall, winter and spring on the third Friday of the month at 7.00 p.m. in Harlan Hall, second floor, Room 219, corner of Alabama and 12th Streets, on the Western New Mexico University campus. Free and open to the public. Refreshments following the program.
Upcoming Meeting Programs
Friday, February 21, 2020 – Meeting. “Madagascar: The Red Island … A Naturalist’s Paradise”, presenter Zachary Rogers
Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, is home to tens of thousands of native species of plants and animals that only occur there and nowhere else. Over millions of years, these fascinating endemic species have evolved specialized, often unique, adaptations for survival, with all of this taking place in isolation from ancestors living on nearby landmasses like Eastern Africa, India, and small Indian Ocean archipelagos. Sadly, as a slowly developing country, Madagascar also has one of the most highly threatened floras and faunas in the world. Join us along with New Mexico State University plant scientist, Zachary Rogers, who will guide the group on a virtual tour of the island surveying its “mega-biodiversity”, while showcasing recent taxonomic plant research and new conservation efforts aimed at protecting the rarest, most threatened species. Zachary is Herbarium Curator in the Animal and Range Sciences Department at New Mexico State University. He also worked for many years for the Missouri Botanical Garden and has done extensive botanical research in Madagascar.
Friday, March 20, 2020 – Meeting. “Spring Blooms in the Southwest: Not Just Creosote Bush,” presenter Donna Stevens.
Donna brings us back home with tips on what to look for in the early spring. She explains: “Not to disparage Creosote Bush, of course, which is one of the best smells on the planet. While spring in the Southwest is not the same as in the East, it still offers much to celebrate. If November is any predictor of winter precipitation, the spring 2020 bloom will be glorious. And if November turns out to be an anomaly, there will still be plenty of wildflowers to enjoy in the spring.” This presentation will feature some of the most common spring wildflowers in southwest New Mexico. Donna Stevens is a co-author of Common Southwestern Native Plants: An Identification Guide, now in its third edition. Her idea of a good time is taking a hike to observe our beautiful native flora.
Previews of coming attractions:
April: Manda Jost on Insect Conservation
May: Ed Leuck on Cacti
Friday, January 17, 2019 – Meeting. “Medicinal Plants of the Silva Creek Garden,” presenter Naava Koenigsberg.
Naava’s talk focused on some of the native plants that will be included in the new medicinal plant bed at the Silva Creek Botanical Garden, to be put in this spring. She discussed the habitats and medicinal properties of several plants, as well as how to use them. Naava Koenigsberg is the owner of Bear Creek Herbs and has been a practicing herbalist for over 20 years. Naava moved to Silver City in 1996 after working for several years for Plants of the Southwest in Santa Fe. In addition to being a Clinical Herbalist, she is a Certified Permaculture Designer and Certified Ecological Horticulturalist.