The Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve. Courtesy/PEEC
Natali Steinberg, docent of the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, is offering her popular guided tour of the ecological treasure, leaving noon Sunday, Oct. 21 from PEEC, 3540 Orange St.
This small preserve, located near Rancho de las Golondrinas just south of Santa Fe, has several ecological niches, ranging from scrub desert to the lush vegetation of the cienega (Spanish for “marsh”.)
This range supports a wide diversity of plant and animal life. Three trails, one of which is handicap-accessible, lead walkers through these areas, including open meadows, shady cottonwoods, and a charming pond bordered by cattails.
On this visit, we can expect to see bullfrogs, and maybe some tadpoles, as well as a Bewick’s wren nesting in the donation box, Red Wing Blackbirds nesting in the cattails, and possibly some Mallards or Coots. The fall colors will also be spectacular this time of year.
PEEC welcomes all who wish to join this field trip. Meet at noon at PEEC to carpool or caravan to the Preserve. Bring good walking shoes, lunch and water.
The trip is free, but please contact PEEC by calling 662-0460 or register on their website so that we will know whom to expect.
White Rock people could meet at the Y if they wish. The trip will last approximately 4 hours (one hour driving each way, two hours at the Preserve.)
For further information on the preserve, go to www.santafebotanicalgarden.org. For more information about PEEC’s trip, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email programs@PajaritoEEC.org.