Monday, October 6, 2014

Walk Through Time on Tonuco Mountain
November 1, 2014
7:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Tonuco Mountain
Admission: $5 donation requested of non-members
Contact Name: Tricia Snyder
Contact E-mail Address: tricia@wildmesquite.org
Contact Phone Number: 575-522-5552
Pecan farmer Paul Dulin will lead is on this rock-hounder’s delight—an outing to Tonuco Mountain located along the Rio Grande north of Las Cruces. We’ll walk through geological time, passing some of the oldest rocks on the earth, and visit a Feldspar/Fluorite mine and the site of 250+ Native American petroglyphs. RATING: Moderate to strenuous—steep trail conditions and some scaling of talus areas.
Advanced reservations are required and space is limited, so sign up early. Be sure to bring sturdy shoes, water and a hat. All trips are open to the public. A $5 donation is requested of non-members. The Southwest Environmental Center works to protect and restore wildlife and their habitats in the southwestern borderlands.

Fire on the Dunes: How Humans Shaped the Gypsum Dunes

November 1, 2014
1:00 PM
19955 Highway 70, Alamorgordo, NM, 88310
Venue: White Sands National Monument
Admission: Free
Natural forces such as wind and water are primarily responsible for shaping the environment at White Sands. However, human activities including the use of fire and mining have also contributed to the alteration of the landscape for thousands of years. This program will include a presentation on the history of mineral extraction from the gypsum dunes, Lake Lucero and adjacent Alkali Flat. Join park archaeologist Allison Harvey at the visitor center for this one-hour program.

Lake Lucero Tour

November 29, 2014
10:00 AM
19955 Highway 70 West, Alamogordo, NM 88310
Venue: White Sands National Monument
Contact Phone Number: 575-479-6124
Have you ever wondered how the white sands formed? Take a tour to Lake Lucero with a ranger and learn about the formation of the sands and the special plants and animals that live in and around the dunes. These three-hour ranger-guided tours to the playa (dry lakebed) of Lake Lucero are offered once a month and reservations are required.