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NatureScapes 2017 Photo Contest Winners Announced

on October 4, 2017 - 8:58am
First Place: Virga, Cliff Wood
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The results are in, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) has announced the winners of the 2017 NatureScapes photo competition.
 
Each year, NMMNHS choses a theme for the photo contest that encourages contestants to examine and understand New Mexico’s natural beauty. This year’s theme - “Water” - invited photographers to explore and re-discover nature throughout the state. Winning photographs will hang in the gallery from Oct. 21 through January 19, 2018.
 
Appropriate to our desert environment,

Daily Postcard: Sunset And Moon Rise

on October 4, 2017 - 6:31am

Daily Postcard: The sunsets as the moon rises Tuesday over Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Valles Caldera Geology Field Trip With Fraser And Cathy Goff Oct. 21

on October 3, 2017 - 4:52pm
Geologists Fraser Goff and Cathy Goff on a hike near La Mosca. Fraser wrote the book on Valle geology and Cathy is an internationally known geologist. Photo by David Schiferl
 
PEEC News:
 
Explore six areas in the Valles Caldera, Saturday Oct. 21, with geologists Fraser and Cathy Goff.
 
This is an amazing opportunity to learn about the volcanology of the preserve and see little-known geothermal springs with the person who literally wrote the book on the Valle's geology.
 
Explore in the Valles Caldera.

Closure Order Rescinded For Continental Divide Trail

on October 3, 2017 - 4:43pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest has rescinded the closure order for a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District effective at 8 a.m. today, Oct. 3.
 
The CDT from the Ojitos Trailhead at Scull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at NM Highway 96 was closed on July 26 to provide for public safety as fire crews worked on the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. 
 
Although the Ojitos Fire passed through the CDT area, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298, weeks ago, Forest Service

Fall Foliage Emerges On Jemez Mountains

on October 3, 2017 - 8:15am

Fall colors begin to emerge on the Jemez Mountains. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Technical Support Contract Awarded At DOE-EM Sites

on October 3, 2017 - 8:09am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of a Time and Materials, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to Chenega Professional & Technical Services, LLC, of Chesapeake, Va.
 
Chenega Professional & Technical Services, LLC is an Alaskan Native Corporation 8(a) Small Business.
 
The contract will have a maximum value of up to $8 million over five years. Work performed under this contract will be performed for EMCBC and the EM Office of Acquisition and Project Management.

Nature On Tap: Bandelier Bird Banding Thursday

on October 3, 2017 - 8:06am
A banded Flicker takes off after contributing to Bandelier’s research efforts. Photo by Daniel Dorantes
 
PEEC News:
 
Join in a discussion about the 2017 bird banding experience with Bandelier biologist Sarah Milligan and bird banding interns Daniel Dorantes and Kim Geissler 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at UnQuarked Wine Bar at 145 Central Park Square.
 
This program offers a way to hear about the avian research going on in Bandelier and ask any questions about bird species that live in and visit our local national monument.

State Archaeology Fair In Taos Oct. 14

on October 3, 2017 - 7:22am
NMHPD News:
 
SANTA FE — Would-be archaeologists can be part of a mock excavation at the Oct. 14 New Mexico Archaeology Fair held this year in Taos at the Millicent Rogers Museum.
 
Presented by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, Department of Cultural Affairs, the fair is a chance for children and adults to experience activities associated with cultures that trace their origins back thousands of years. At the same time, they can learn techniques developed over the last 150 years that have helped us better understand the lives of some of New Mexico’s earliest inhabitants.
 

Daily Postcard: Evening Sky From Anderson Overlook

on October 3, 2017 - 7:12am

Daily Postcard: Layers of color decorate the sky Sunday evening from Anderson Overlook. Photo by Josh Smith

PEEC: Thank You To Los Alamos Rotary Club

on October 2, 2017 - 1:49pm
Thank you Rotarians! Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
A hearty group of Los Alamos Rotarians came to the Los Alamos Nature Center, Saturday Sept. 23, to help construct a new nature play area.
 
They worked through rain and wind and sun to stain logs for the new sandbox. Other volunteers, including local Eagle Scout candidate Junseo Kim, joined in as well, digging holes in which to place the logs.

The Rotarians also donated funds towards new planter benches being installed between the nature play area and the landscaped gardens at the nature center.

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