The community is invited to PEEC to hear a presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 about restoration work in the Jemez Mountains.
Anne Bradley, Forest Conservation Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy, will give the talk about the Conservancy’s current projects in the area, which include the Conservation Canines.
The Nature Conservancy has recently partnered with several organizations to provide information about climate change and tools to aid in forest conservation and restoration.
One of the most interesting collaborations is the study of the rare and elusive Jemez Mountains Salamander, which includes a unique partnership with the “Conservation Canines” from the University of Washington.
Conservation Canines rescues dogs and trains them to detect wildlife and signs, in the same way that police train dogs to detect narcotics.
This provides a non-invasive monitoring program for many diverse species around the world. Biologists are hoping that the dog’s ability to detect animals by scent will improve survey success with less impact on the salamanders.
Bradley is a native of Los Alamos, and grew up down the street from PEEC. She has been with the Nature Conservancy since 2004.
Prior to her return to New Mexico, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a botanist and ecologist, working on a variety of conservation projects across the West.
Her first job was as a naturalist at Bandelier National Monument.
For more information, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or e-mail Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.