Nature Center Talk: Cochiti Pueblo Natural Resources

Kai-t L.V. Blue-Sky, wildlife biologist for the Pueblo of Cochiti Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, is presenting a talk at 7 p.m. April 3 at the Los Alamos Nature Center and discussing how he incorporates traditional ecological knowledge in his approach to conservation and land management. Courtesy/PEEC

 
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Implementing historical knowledge of landscapes can be difficult in the modern field of conservation. Learn how Kai-t L.V. Blue-Sky, wildlife biologist for the Pueblo of Cochiti Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, faces challenges in his field today while developing a holistic approach to restoration and land management and implementing traditional ecological knowledge.
 
This free talk is 7 p.m., April 3 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.
 
Traditional ecological knowledge is understood as evolving knowledge acquired by indigenous and local peoples over hundreds of thousands of years through direct contact with the environment.
 
The incorporation of the indigenous philosophical worldview is paramount to understanding the perspective of communities and their relationship to the environment. Environmental knowledge shared by community members reflects lessons learned through time and are passed down through a cultural calendar. This formulates the gifts of knowledge as they relate to land, language, way of life, laws and customs, governance, family, and community.
 
Wildfires had major impacts to Cochiti Pueblo through flooding, sediment load, and contamination from up-river communities. Reintroduction efforts of culturally significant wildlife species have been instrumental in developing management concepts and exploring the philosophy of traditional ecological knowledge, while intricately entwining the deductive logic and reasoning of western science.
 
Kai-t L.V. Blue-Sky is responsible for developing Natural Resources and Conservation and Wildlife Management Programs consistent with cultural priorities. He also is a high school teacher at Santa Fe Indian School.
 
This event is part of the East Jemez Landscape Futures Project, a collaborative landscape-scale restoration effort led by Bandelier National Monument in coordination with land management agencies, Pueblo communities, and various other stakeholders in the area. Learn more at www.eastjemez.org.
 
For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.
 
PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.
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