Sevilleta News

April 2015 - Met Central Report - Cooler and Wetter than March

Finally some moisture, but still not enough. The Sevilleta endured a a 34-day (Mar 21 - Apr 23) stretch with virtually no precipitation. Finally, on April 24th the refuge got appreciable precipitation some of which came in the form of hail and also accompanied by some strong winds. A second, bigger, storm followed on the 26th and a little more moisture was added on the 27th. When all was said and done, the refuge-wide average of 10.9 mm came in slightly below the long-term average of 11.9.

Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program Receives Award from Governor on Earth Day

The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP), a partnership between the UNM Department of Biology, Bosque School, and Sevilleta LTER is proud to have received the 2015 New Mexico Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in Land and Ecosystem Stewardship on April 22, 2015. The purpose of this award is to support, recognize, and celebrate the hard work of New Mexicans dedicated to restoring and protecting the natural heritage and environmental health of our state. 

March 2015 - Met Central - We Should Be Doing Better

We should be doing better. That's we as in NM with regards to precipitation this year. Actually we are certainly doing much better than the last 2 years. However, as we are now officially in an El Nino we should expect at least a wetter than normal spring. Perhaps it is still coming but March was generally disappointing, at least for the Albuquerque - Sevilleta area. Granted, moisture in storms that hit certain portions of the state, particularly the northern mountains, delivered much need snow to watersheds and ski resorts that were also desperately in need of a boost.

Sevilleta Researcher Dr. Esteban Muldavin Featured in UNM Daily Lobo

The March 20, 2015 edition of the New Mexico Daily Lobo features an extensive article on Natural Heritage New Mexico director and Sevilleta researcher Dr. Esteban Muldavin. Touching on Dr. Muldavin's background in biology going back to childhood, as well as his current work in conservation and developing the Rapid Assessment Methodology (RAM), the piece is highly recommended reading. Link below:

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