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Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed Completed

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire crews completed the 340-acre prescribed fire Tuesday afternoon in the Santa Fe Watershed.
 
Transport winds from the south are expected to continue into the evening, pushing the smoke north of Santa Fe. Moisture, including higher humidity and the possibility of scattered showers, is moving into the area and is expected to further mitigate the smoke with minimal impact on the Santa Fe metro area.
 
The prescribed burn in the Watershed was designed to protect the City of Santa Fe and its water supply by mitigating the risk of high-intensity

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Daily Postcard: Black-Chinned Hummingbird

Spring is here and hummingbirds are beginning to appear around town like this Black-chinned Hummingbird spotted Sunday at a home on Barranca Mesa. Its velvety black chin is bordered by a thin strip of iridescent purple only visible when light hits it just right. Black-chinned Hummingbirds are exceptionally widespread, found from mountain forests to deserts. Many winter along the Gulf Coast. These tiny birds often perch at the very top of a bare tree branch. They have a low-pitched humming sound produced by their wings. Source: allaboutbirds.org. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan


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NASA’s MAVEN Mission Reveals Mars Has Metal In Its Atmosphere

AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. 
 
The metal ions can reveal previously invisible activity in the mysterious electrically charged upper atmosphere (ionosphere) of Mars.
 
“MAVEN has made the first direct detection of the permanent presence of metal ions in the ionosphere of a planet other than Earth,” said Joseph Grebowsky of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and lead author of a new

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Los Alamos Nature Center Features Weekend Films

 
PEEC News:
 
Dr. Galen Gisler will reveal the stories behind star colors at 7 p.m., Friday, April 14, in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sea Monsters, a film that uncovers a time when prehistoric sea creatures come to life, will play in planetarium. The film follows fossil hunters to remote locations as the hunters excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time.
 

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Heinrich Seeks Permanent Reauthorization Of Land And Water Conservation Fund

U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, joined Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to introduce bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. 
 
“The Land and Water Conservation

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Local Young Adult Patrollers Ski Silverton Mountain

Members of the Pajarito Mountain Young Adult Ski Patrol and advisors show their exuberance over the weekend on the streets of Silverton, Colo., from left, Ethan Aulwes, Kai Coblentz, Steve Maez, Elyse Phillips, Eric Schaller and Justin Holmes. Photo by David Phillips
 

 

View of the front side of Silverton Mountain from the lift. Some members of the Pajarito Mountain Young Adult Ski Patrol hiked all the way to the Billboard, the microwave reflector barely visible in the clouds. Photo by Eric Schaller
 
Young Adult Patrollers Elyse Phillips and Ethan Aulwes hike

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SFNF: Spring Prescribed Burns Planned

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable spring conditions to conduct prescribed burns during a window that opens April 17 and ends May 21.

That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.

Primary targets are a 600-acre unit at the southern end of Virgin Mesa and 400 acres on the West Mesa treatment area a half mile north of Virgin Mesa off Forest Road 607.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers


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Daily Postcard: Great Horned Owls

Daily Postcard: On a road trip from Los Alamos to southern Colorado last week this female owl was spotted perched in a tree. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
 
Daily Postcard: On a road trip from Los Alamos to southern Colorado this male owl was spotted last week perched in a tree. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

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PEEC: Dr. Jonathan Dowell Presentation Tuesday

PEEC News:
 
Dr. Jonathan Dowell of ReefNews, will make a 40-minute presentation, “Life on the Reef,” with colorful pictures and stories about the amazing creatures that make up the coral reef.
 
Since 1997, Dr. Dowell has photographed thousands of creatures while visiting reefs from the Netherlands Antilles to the Marshall Islands. You’ll see a Goby cleaning the teeth of a Moray Eel, Groupers that would swim up and look you in the eye, Angelfish in all the colors of the rainbow, and even giant Sharks.
 
Dr. Dowell will explain how half

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Previously Announced Prescribed Burn in Santa Fe Watershed Is A Go For Tuesday

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – After careful consideration of current and forecasted conditions, including winds, weather and relative humidity, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of a favorable window to conduct the previously announced prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed Tuesday, April 11.

Hand and aerial ignitions on the 340-acre treatment area, located approximately 3 miles east of the City of Santa Fe between the Nichols and McClure Reservoirs, should be completed by 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Due to the Watershed’s proximity to the city,


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Bears Are Back In Town!

Courtesy/LEWF

By Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation

It is one of the most wonderful times of the year and the bears are back in town after a long winter rest. The bears are beginning to prepare to regain the weight lost during their hibernation. That means the community will start seeing them around local neighborhoods looking for easy sources of food.

This paw print found by Ty Horak is estimated to come from a 350 lb. bear. Courtesy/LEWF

Bears always come with some fear … fear of the predator in one’s back yard … so the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation is sharing some


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Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott And Dr. Olivia Carril Share Science Project Data

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

BANDELIER News:

Find out what scientists are learning about the ecosystems in Bandelier.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott and Dr. Olivia Carril will discuss findings in recent science projects conducted in our local national monument including the first-ever survey of native bees in Bandelier, and likely the first systematic survey ever conducted on the Pajarito Plateau.

Dr. Olivia Carril. Courtesy photo

It is estimated that there are between 1,000 and 1,400 bee species


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Plein Air Painting Throughout Jemez April 28-May 5

Dick Wimberly. Courtesy photo
 
Marylin Whitman. Courtesy photo
 
ART News:
 
Keep your eyes open if you’re in the Jemez Spring area from April 28 -May 5.
 
There will be 60 Plein Air artists from the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico organization, exploring and painting throughout the area.
 
Plein air painting is simply painting outdoors, although painting in the open air is anything but simple. After choosing a view, a plein air artist needs the ability to focus intensely, racing to capture the scene on paper or canvas

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PEEC: ‘Racing To Extinction’ At Reel Deal April 13

Movie poster for ‘Racing To Extinction’. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater will show at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, “Racing Extinction”, an undercover documentary exposing the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them from mass extinction.

This film is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and children. Tickets are available at the Reel Deal Theater.

Produced by Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award®-winning film The Cove, Racing Extinction


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Laboratory Earth Day Trails Tour Open To Public

Participants in last year’s spring tour. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

In celebration of Earth Day, the Trails Management Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a hiking tour the morning of April 14 at Lower Water Canyon and Lion’s Cave Trails.

Laboratory archeologist and biologists will provide information about the landscape and its cultural and biological resources as well as geology.

The 3.5-mile hike has an overall gradual 300-foot elevation change and is estimated to take three hours to complete. Participants should bring water and snacks and have appropriate footwear for


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