Sevilleta News

July 2015 Summary - Met Central - Under the Dome

"Under the Dome." That's what it seemed like out on the Sevilleta during much of July. Monsoon moisture actually arrived in NM quite early in July but it seemed to avoid the McKenzie Flats area. Rain fell on the refuge on most days during July. There were only 7 days of July with no recorded precipitation on the refuge. Despite predictions of widespread rainfall most of the storms seemed to form north of the refuge and carry up the valley into Albuquerque and points north.

Monsoon Contest - Chapter 2 or 3?

Well it's time to close the book on this years monsoon. I should have kept my email mouth shut. The monsoon turned out to be even stealthier than I thought. Apparently a storm hit in the vicinity of Black Butte last Wed. July 29th and dropped a tidy 30.2 mm (1.19") in the rain gauge attached to a partial met station that is not linked into the wireless network. So this came as a surprise when I pulled the data yesterday.

July 30th Thursday Night UNM Sevilleta Field Station Summer Seminar - Seth Newsome

Thursday night, July 30, 2015, the UNM Sevilleta Field Station Summer Seminar speaker is Seth Newsome presenting " A functional approach to understanding resource use, allocation strategies, and population dynamics in desert consumer communities." Dr. Newsome is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of NM. His research focuses on the utilization of stable isotope biochemistry as a tool for measuring the fluxes of energy and materials among components of both past and present ecological systems.

Sevilleta NWR 2015 Butterfly Count - Saturday, August 15, 9AM-3PM

Next month the Amigos de la Sevilleta in conjunction with the USFWS will be conducting the 2015 Butterfly Count on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers are now being sought. No experience necessary! The count will occur on Saturday, August 15, from 9AM-3PM. Steve Cary, author of the popular, "Butterfly Landscapes of New Mexico," will be on-hand as special guest.

For more information or to join the fun, call 505-864-4021 ext 102. Also, see flier attached below.

July 23rd Thursday Night UNM Sevilleta Field Station Summer Seminar-Travis Rusch

Thursday night, July 23, 2015, the UNM Sevilleta Field Station Summer Seminar speaker is Travis Rusch presenting, "Thermal Games: How factors of the environment interact to affect the thermoregulatory decisions of male Sceloporus jarrovi." Travis is a current graduate student at Arizona State University under Dr. Michael Angilletta, Jr. in the School of Life Sciences. He is interested in how biotic and abiotic factors interact to influence the thermoregulatory abilities of ectotherms, particularly lizards.

Sevilleta LTER Overview

The Sevilleta LTER (SEV) studies fundamental ecological concepts and theories through a comprehensive and interdisciplinary research program guided by the general question:how do abiotic drivers and constraints affect the pulse dynamics and stability of aridland populations, communities and ecosystems?   We focus intensively on Chihuahuan desert grassland and shrubland, juniper savanna and pinon-juniper (PJ) woodland around the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in the Rio Grande Valley in central New Mexico. Read More