Tuesday Talks at SWEC

SWEC offers a monthly series of educational presentations by local experts on a range of topics related to wildlife, ecology, and a sustainable society.

Unless otherwise noted, each talk begins at 7pm, in the SWEC office gallery.

All talks are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 575-522-5552, or email ashley@wildmesquite.org

2017 Schedule:

March 14 - Living With Snakes (Frank Bryce)

Drawing upon his decades of experience with venomous snakes, herpetologist Frank Bryce will talk about the reptiles we share the desert with, how to identify the most common species of rattlesnakes, and what to do if you find one on your porch. He’ll bring in live specimens (in cages!) to help with identification, including a Gila monster that may be the oldest one in captivity. You won’t want to miss this informative and practical presentation!

April 25 - The Climate Reality Project (Patricia Hoffman)

Dr. Patricia Hoffman, professor of sociology at New Mexico State University, will present Al Gore’s climate change slideshow at SWEC on Tuesday, Aril 25, at 7pm. This is the famous slideshow that the former Vice President turned into the movie An Inconvenient Truth, which helped make the climate movement mainstream. Dr. Hoffman is one of the thousands of trained individuals around the world qualified to give the presentation. Brush up on the science of climate change and stick around for Q&A.

Dr. Hoffman has a Ph.D. in Sociology and teaches Environmental Sociology at NMSU. In addition, her activism has covered the span of 45 years, starting with lobbying for the passage of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. In addition, she was active with Governor Richardson's Committee on Green House Gas Reduction and served on the Environmental Control Council in Nebraska, including two years as the Chairman.

May 23 - Amazing New Composting System That Can Help Combat Climate Change (Dr. David Johnson)

Dr. David Johnson, a molecular biologist and the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research at NMSU has discovered a way to reduce CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere while increasing farm and rangeland productivity and improve water-use efficiency in agriculture through the development of beneficial soil microbial communities in agroecosystems. This incredible new method of composting is a solution that could help combat Climate Change. His research has garnered international attention and was recently highlighted in a book called, “The Soil Will Save Us” by Kristin Ohlson. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to reduce your water usage and combat climate change in your garden at home!

June 13 - Wild Lives - Janie Chodosh

The Southwest Environmental Center is pleased to present a special reading, discussion and book signing on Tuesday June 13th at 7:00 PM with Janie Chodosh, co-author of the recently published book, Wild Lives. In Wild Lives, twenty conservationists share their stories of saving our planet and the wild creatures that call it home.

Janie Chodosh, co-author of the recently published book, Wild Lives, will provide an eye opening glimpse into the lives of 20 of the world’s leading conservationists. With new species becoming endangered or extinct every day and natural habitats dwindling, the work of conservationists across the globe is our only chance for survival. Booklist Online describes the significance of Wild Lives by saying, “With the world facing an unprecedented state of species extinction, the survival of iconic wildlife, such as the polar bear and such lesser-known creatures as Israel’s long-billed hoopoe, is often up to courageous individuals who commit to their passion and sacrifice their comfort so that the planet maintains a healthy biodiversity. Thanks to the environmentally committed interviewers Robinson and Chodosh, 20 conservationists succinctly tell their stories in this illuminating volume that may well inspire readers to take up the cause.” Join Janie Chodosh as she reads from Wild Lives and discusses the incredible work of these conservationists. She will also be available for book signing.

Janie Chodosh's life work and passion has been a mix of natural history, conservation, and writing. She earned a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Montana and has worked as a naturalist in Yosemite National Park, a wilderness guide for the Colorado Outward Bound School, a trip leader for the Montana Natural History Center, and as the state education director for the New Mexico chapter of the National Audubon Society. She is currently involved with elephant conservation in Assam, India. She has two novels in the Faith Flores Science Mysteries: Death Spiral (2014, Poisoned Pen Press), and Code Red (February 2017, Poisoned Pen Press). Janie lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, daughter, stepson, and dog, Bryn.

October 24 - Otero Mesa's Amazing Biodiversity - Steve West

Otero Mesa is a hidden treasure on public lands of New Mexico. At around 1,000,000 acres, it is sacred land to Native Americans, biologists, people who love the outdoors and anyone who has spent time out there.

Steve has been studying Otero Mesa since 1986 and has concentrated on birds, plants, prairie dogs and all things wild including human history on the land. Otero Mesa is under threat and needs to be protected. Being a wide expanse of land that has not been developed, too many people see it as a place to make money at the expense of the mesa.

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