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Learning about the Chihuahuan Desert


An important goal of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition is to facilitate integration of learning about our desert into the school curriculum from kinder garden on. The Chihuahuan desert offers a wide variety of habitats that all have their own animal and plant communities, which again are interacting with each other in often wondrous ways that can amaze and inspire people, especially the young. Once children are exposed to the fascinating life of desert animals and plants and the challenges they have to master day in and out, they will appreciate our environment and understand why it needs protection. It is an environment that teaches us that we can master unimaginable challenges and prosper through them. The desert is an open book to explore and find adventures like nowhere else.

To reach this goal, the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition began developing through our teaching members free ready-to-use teaching modules for teachers of all class levels. We are offering one-hour lectures or short filler lectures. The lectures may include suggestions for activities or motivate a visit to a local museum, zoo, or park, in order to complete the learning with a hands-on exploration. The different modules are grouped roughly according to plants and animals and may be used across the curriculum. For Kinder garden teachers we are developing drawings and hidden object pages.

Our first selection is still small, but our team will continuously update the website with new modules and additions and/or revisions to old ones. Check our site regularly and you will not be disappointed. We also appreciate your feedback and hope that you also share with us your own modules, if you have some on the Chihuahuan Desert. For more information contact Dr. Gertrud Konings at gertrudkonings@gmail.com.

-Get started today by checking out our Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Teachers Page!







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Check out these links

-El Paso Outside A Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Conservation Project

-Ecobased Conservation in the Chihuahuan Desert

-Chihuahuan Desert Natural History Course Online from the UTEP Centennial Museum website

-Land of Lost Borders 
-The Spiral Dance Reflections on Big Bend National Park
-The Mammals of Texas Online Edition
-Takota, a Golden Eagle from the El Paso Zoo.
-Trans Pecos Audubon Bird Checklists. Discover our Chihuahuan Desert Birds
-Share El Paso with Native Plants and Wildlife.
-Native Tree List. Help create wildlife habitat in your neighborhood, plant a native tree in your front yard to provide shade on your street near the sidewalk and somewhere in your backyard. 
-Ever Seen a Big Bend Quonker?  
-Eco-based Conservation in the Chihuahuan Desert - WWF      
-Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center, Fort Davis, Texas
-El Paso Naturally Blog
-Checklist to Mammals of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

 


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

-Easy as 1,2,3 to register your yard as 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

Chihuahun Desert Research Institute launches new YouTube channel

Fort Davis, Texas: CDRI has a new channel at Youtube.com.cdnaturecenter. Watch the original Chihuahuan Desert Trilogy plus the first sound documentary on Big Bend National Park called the Spiral Dance. This effort to restore the video work of Harry Gordon and the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute is being coordinated by CDRI board member Rick LoBello. Gordon and LoBello met at an evening program in the Chisos Basin at the campground amphitheater when he was a ranger naturalist working for the National Park Service in Big Bend National Park sometime during the late 1970s. Gordon told LoBello about the project and they spent hours over the years visiting about good locations to film different animals and sequences. On a number of occasions he helped Gordon film some of the scenes needed to complete the project.

-CDRI YouTube Channel.



We need you! Volunteer to help CDEC spread the word about our great organization.

August1-2: Contact any Board Member to sign up to help staff our booth at the Native Plant Society Meeting. Now: Help plan the 10th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta on September 20. Contact any Board Member.

-Contact Any Board Member to Sign Up Discover the joy of getting involved with conservation education efforts to help conserve our Chihuahuan Desert.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chihuahuandesert.org is the home page of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. 
Updated August 17, 2014   

 


10th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta planned for September 20th, 9am to 3pm

Make plans now to attend the 10th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta on Saturday, September 20. Live desert animals from the El Paso Zoo, guided tours, and a full slate of local entertainment promises to make the 10th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta a fun day for all. The free event at the Tom Mays section of Franklin Mountains State Park is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the help of volunteers from the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. Every year the event attracts hundreds of people to the desert mountain park in northwest El Paso.

The outdoor venue celebrates the natural wonders of the Chihuahuan desert and Franklin Mountains State Park. Local environmental education groups will be on hand to offer free demonstrations, guided tours, guest speakers and informational booths designed to introduce the curious to the wonders of our fascinating desert. For more information contact Rick LoBello at lobellorl@elpasotexas.gov.

Schedule (check back for updates)

Schedule of Guided Hikes More information below
9:00 Old and young volcanoes and faults present in Tom Mays Park and the surrounding region.
9:45 Oceans and Deserts of the past and present; sedimentary rocks in and visible from Tom Mays Park
10:00 Underground Mine Tunnel Tour
10:30 Climate and Clouds; our daily interfacing with the geosphere.
1:30 Geophysical and Earthquake demonstrations
2:00 Underground Mine Tunnel Tour
2:15 Fossils

Schedule of Events at the Entertainment Stage Area at the End of the Loop Road next to the Exhibitor Tent Area
10:00 Speaker or Entertainer
10:20 Speaker or Entertainer
10:40 Speaker or Entertainer
11:00 Bolson Tortoise Encounter from the El Paso Zoo, Rick LoBello
11:15 Preserving Land on Both Sides of the Mountains, Jim Tolbert
11:30 Desert Snake Encounter from the El Paso Zoo, Rick LoBello
11:40 Speaker or Entertainer
12:00 Speaker or Entertainer
12:10 Speaker or Entertainer
12:30 Speaker or Entertainer
12:40 Speaker or Entertainer

Learn more at www.chihuahuandesert.org

More on Geosciences Education Activities Mini-field trips will run from 9am to 3pm, and will last only 30 minutes, with one exception. The short time means you will not be walking far. The geosciences are not only about understanding the earth at your feet, but the vistas in the distance, and the sky above us. Many of the following field trips may include a walk to a nearby place of higher elevation to get a better view. Bring binoculars if you have them. All mini-trips with the exception of trips 4 and 5 meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road to the right of the main stage and exhibit area.

Trip 1 - 9:00 am to 9:40 am - Old and young volcanoes and faults present in Tom Mays Park and the surrounding region led by Professor Terry Pavlis and students. For more information- 747-5570 or tlpavlis@utep.edu. Meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road. mile or less, easy walking. Bring sturdy shoes, hat, and water. Earthquakes and volcanoes have occurred here in the geologic past. Some geologic faults that form from earthquakes can be seen, and others inferred. We will experience some of these events.

Trip 2 - 9:45 am to 10:15 am - .Oceans and Deserts of the past and present; sedimentary rocks in and visible from Tom Mays Park led by Professor Rip Langford and students. For more information - 747-5968 or langford@utep.edu. Meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road. mile or less, easy walking. Bring besides sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and water. Oceans and deserts come and go throughout geologic time. Aspects of these events found within and visible from Tom Mays Park will be experienced and viewed; others will be inferred.

Trip 3 - 10:30 am to 11:15 am - Climate and Clouds; our daily interfacing with the geosphere. Name of Program Leader led by Professor Tom Gill and students. For more information - 747-5168 or tegill@utep.edu. Meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road. No hiking is involved, just easy walking. Climate and controversies are about us all the time. Observations of real physical features available during the day will be made, observations of regional climatic variations will be discussed, and controversies will not be solved. The interface between the earth and the air will be discussed.

Trip 4 -10:00 am to 11:30 am - Underground Mine Tunnel Tour; this trip requires a different meeting place and times, a restricted number of participants (15), and flashlights. Program Leaders: Professor Philip Goodell and Alex Mares. For more information 747 5593 or goodell@utep.edu. Meet at the Cottonwood Spring Parking Area. The hike is 1 mile round trip and easy walking. Bring sturdy shoes, hard hat, sunscreen, water and a working flashlight. Mining is part of the history of humans. Most mineral exploration does not end in a mine; they are failures. Today we will explore underground tunnels which were part of an unsuccessful mineral entrepreneurial activity. Check out the blue grotto!

Trip 5- 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Underground Mine Tunnel Tour; SEE INFORMATION ABOVE

Trip 6 - 1:30 pm to 2:05 pm - Geophysical and Earthquake demonstrations led by Professor Diane Doser and students. For more information doser@utep.edu. Meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road. No hiking is involved. Bring hat, sunscreen and water. Physics, chemistry, biology and math make up the study of the earth. Today, we will demonstrate simple laws of physics and how their study helps us understand the earth.

Trip 7 - 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm - Fossils led by Professor Kate Giles and students. For more information 747-7075 or kagiles@utep.edu. Meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road. mile Easy Walking. Bring besides sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, water and a small hand held microscope (hand lens). The study of fossils has brought us such knowledge! A variety of interesting fossils are present for our examination. We are in a State Park, however, so please do not take samples home with you.

Desert News

-Mesquite dying to reach water
-California protects bobcats near parks

-Desert Storm: Battle Brews Over Obama Renewable Energy Plan
-Good example of how Federal Funds are available to buy land to protect desert wildlife

-Wildlife Sightings Report - Big Bend National Park

 

 

El Paso conservation groups launch new campaign to save desert wildlife habitat

Conservation groups in El Paso say that preserving wildlife habitat on both sides of the Franklin Mountains will benefit El Paso in several ways: preservation will help us sustain the scarce resource of water - an effort which includes all El Pasoans not just those living closer to the mountains; continued enjoyment of hiking and biking trails already in existence and utilized by the public; improvement of our quality of life especially as El Paso seeks to reach its goal of decreasing obesity and diabetes; protecting wildlife and making sure that they have adequate habitat and range in order to survive; and, ensuring that millions of dollars annually will come into El Paso through ecotourism as more and more people enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and other recreational activities in our mountains and the surrounding region. More

 

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