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Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta 2015 - MOST Wonderful place to have fun in the rain! Everyone there was laughing, learning and loving our desert.

"We the People" petition to protect in its natural state undeveloped public land in El Paso

-Sign online here or print out the petition

Join the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club - membership is free!

An important goal of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition is to encourage people to get outside and visit our desert. Connecting with the outdoors helps people appreciate and better understand how we all fit into the natural world. Experiencing this part of the ecosystem also helps to decrease the negative effects of nature deficit disorder. People, especially children, are spending less time outdoors, resulting in a wide range of physical, mental health and behavioural problems.


The new Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club is designed to help people connect with outdoor recreation areas including parks, wildlife refuges and the El Paso Zoo. Anyone can qualify for a free Chihuahuan Desert Club sticker by visiting three of the seven Chihuahuan Desert hotspots listed on the new Nature Club flyer and or by signing up to get on our email list.

Download the two sided flyer and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to get outside and connect with our Chihuahuan Desert.

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club Flyer Side 1  Download the PDF file
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club Flyer Side 1  Download the PDF file



Connect with the Chihuahuan Desert on facebook and on our blog - new contributors welcome

An important goal of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition is to help people connect with what is happening in our desert and to encourage discovery and education efforts across a wide spectrum.

We are looking for volunteers to help contribute stories and pictures to our blog at -Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Blog

and cool pictures and notes for our facebook page at Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Community. If you are interested contact CDEC board of directors chair Rick LoBello at lobellorl@elpasotexas.gov.






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Ad Konings to speak at Annual Meeting set for October 13, 2015


The annual meeting of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition is planned for Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the Memorial Park Garden Center in Central El Paso. To make dinner reservations for the meeting contact Rick LoBello BY OCTOBER 9 at 915-217-4233 or by email at ricklobello@gmail.com. This year's annual meeting will feature Ad Konings, recognized by many as one of El Paso's preeminent field biologists working here in the Chihuahuan Desert and faraway places around the world.

Dinner will be provided by Mediterranean Cuisine at $20 per person (includes tax and tip).

Cacti have fascinated Ad Konings since he moved to El Paso, Texas, in 1996. A few years later it became more than a fascination and together with his wife Gertrud has traveled extensively throughout the state in order to locate and photograph each and every cactus species in its natural setting. With over nine years of cactus hunting (shooting with a camera exclusively!) under the belt, they are some of the very few people who have seen and photographed each of the 136 species in the wild. Almost all of these species were photographed while in bloom; not a minor achievement when one considers that many species flower for just a single afternoon per year, if at all.

Ad is a biologist by profession and specializes in underwater observation and photography of cichlids (tropical freshwater fish) and has authored more than 20 books relating to these fishes. He is the newsletter editor and treasurer of the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club. PLEASE RSVP by October 9.



Joining the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club is as easy as 1,2,3. Simply join our email list by clicking the link above.


It rained and everyone who was there loved it!

Jasper the opossum, short walks into the desert to learn about its geology, plants and wildlife and a full slate of local entertainment all helped to make the 11th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta a fun day for all. The free event at the Tom Mays section of Franklin Mountains State Park was held on Saturday, September 19. It was sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the help of volunteers from the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition.



"Like" these new facebook pages and show your support for local conservation efforts

-Return the Wolf to Texas Education Initiative
-Franklin and Organ Mountains Conservation Cooperative




Help our community save water and create new wildlife habitats - certify your backyard habitat

-Easy as 1,2,3 to register your yard at no cost to you as a Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Certified Habitat!

Help spread the news about our desert! The Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition encourages residents living anywhere in the Chihuahuan Desert to landscape with native plants and create backyard habitats that will attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. These mini habitats when connected with other natural areas in the neighborhood can make a real impact in helping wildlife such as birds needing trees to build their nests and butterflies needing nectar from flowers. Backyard habitats landscaped with native plants from our local Chihuahuan Desert also help the community conserve drinking water. Examples of drought tolerant plants include desert willow, yellow bells, acacia, sotol, ocotillo, and wooly butterfly bush.

-Easy as 1,2,3 - LEARN MORE




NEW: see who has certified their backyard habitat
-Examples of Certified Habitats

-Its easy as 1,2,3 to register your yard at no cost to you as a Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Certified Habitat!


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