Meeting Programs

Evening meetings of the Gila Native Plant Society will resume on October 19, 2018. They 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.

October 19, 2018

Our October program will feature “Know the Trees: A Workshop” by Richard Felger, Russ Kleinman and William (Bill) Norris

In this program, Richard, Russ and Bill will give tips on how to go about tree identification both here and elsewhere. It will take the form of a one-hour, hands-on workshop. Attendees will be provided with numerous fresh leafy stems to examine as the presenters review basic leafy shoot structure and tree identification strategies. If you have one, please bring a 10X hand-lens (available for on-line purchase at with you to this program.

Richard Felger has been a biologist since childhood. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona.  Subsequently he was on the faculty of the University of Colorado and then Senior Curator of Botany at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. Returning to Tucson, the Desert Museum and the University of Arizona, he continued research in deserts worldwide and has published widely in fields of botany, ethnobiology and new arid-land food crops. He has been active in international conservation, including pioneer conservation of sea turtles. Richard is a researcher with the University of Arizona Herbarium and lives in Silver City with his wife Silke Schneider and their many animals and plants.

Retiring early from a career in surgery to devote his energies to botanical exploration, Russ Kleinman was instrumental in creating the website, an invaluable archive of photographs and information on the vascular plants of the Gila Wilderness. He continues to explore and add to the website. He is currently teaching a class in Taxonomy in the WNMU Biology Department.

William (Bill) Norris is Professor of Biology at Western New Mexico University (since 2001), where he teaches numerous botany courses, as well as ecology and ornithology. Bill enjoys collaborating with other botanists on research projects that include monographic studies of sedges (Carex), forest monitoring in Iowa’s Paleozoic Plateau, and floristic studies of native vegetation remnants in both Iowa and New Mexico.

Also at this meeting, the winning ticket in the raffle for the Eli Sorenson quilt will be drawn.