GES News desk
This time, Anthony chronicles GES student Jesse Sprauge and collaborate with Jesse's drone footage. Good work guys!
Geography & Environmental Studies Major Stephen West has been selected as a fullbright fellow! You may recognize Stephen from the Spatial Compuyting Lab. Congratulations Stephen!
Geography MS student Anthony Meluso takes on a filming project to bring the US Fish and Wildlife service conservation efforts to the masses.
City Nature Challenge 2019!
City Nature Challenge
By Laurel Ladwig
The Geography and Environmental Studies Department is among the sponsors of Albuquerque's City Nature Challenge. As part of that, SAGES is mapping urban wildlife diversity in Albuquerque, and recruiting everyone on campus to take part.
This is the first year that Albuquerque is participating in the City Nature Challenge, a competition among cities to observe and report the most species. It happens over four days, April 26-29, and participants can report plants, animals, fungi, slime molds, or any other evidence of life (scat, fur, tracks, shells, and even carcasses). And you don’t just have to report from within Albuquerque; the boundary for our competition is Bernalillo County.
First, download the iNaturalist app, and then join the Abq City Nature Challenge: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019-abq
Then get ready to report your observations between April 26 and 29. (And don’t worry if you can’t identify a particular species: iNaturalist can help you with that.)
After the observation window closes on April 29th, the Abq City Nature Challenge will hold a series of events around town for experts to help identify the species reported. (If you’d like to be one of the experts, send a message via Facebook to @abqcitynaturechallenge, or email firstname.lastname@example.org). There will be identification events at Explora and the UNM Draft & Table Tap Room.
The City of Albuquerque & Bernalillo County Open Space divisions are holding observation events during the four day challenge, too, and the New Mexico Herpetological Society will be leading walks around the county. Check the @abqcitynaturechallenge Facebook page or Albuquerque’s iNaturalist site: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019-abq for event details in the coming weeks!
If you want to learn how to use iNaturalist before the competition begins, there will be iNaturalist training sessions at local libraries in April:
Saturday, April 6, 2019 10:30 - noon
3904 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Sunday, April 14th 1-2:30pm
6901 Barstow St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
Monday, April 15th 6-7:30pm
5700 Bogart St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120
Wednesday, April 24 10-11:30am
3407 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
To stay up-to-date, find the City Nature Challenge ABQ on Facebook and join the iNaturalist project page: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019-abq
Bring Bandelier East home for the holidays!!!
There’s good news for students and alumni who might be missing the charm of Bandelier Hall this holiday season: Our hallowed hall is featured on this year’s University of New Mexico Parent Association holiday ornament.
Each year the UNM Parent Association gets together and selects a building to appear on the keepsake ornament, explained Olivia Torres Jojola, an administrative assistant with the UNM Parent Association. “For the 2018 year, they voted to use Bandelier because of the building’s style and architectural history,” she said.
According to the press release written for UNM by Rachel Whitt:
Bandelier Hall was originally designed in 1930 as a Spanish-Pueblo Revival style building by architect Miles Brittelle. It features a Mission-inspired parapet over a nicho and a central zaguan (hallway) entry with halls leading off perpendicular to it. Bandelier has been used as a bookstore, offices and language laboratories, the registration center, and currently houses classrooms and laboratories for the Geography Department.
The building, which served as a dining hall when it opened, was named after the famous Swiss-born Adolph F.A. Bandelier, an anthropologist who brought his pioneering multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Native American cultures to the Southwest.
Bandelier Hall’s 88-year-old façade has remained largely unchanged from its original design, except for the addition of a portico in 1941.
This is the eleventh year running for the UNM ornament, which is created each year by graphic designer Jana Fothergill.
You can buy the ornament for $18.89 online or at the UNM Bookstore. All proceeds benefit the UNM Parent Association Scholarship Fund.
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