Medicinal and Edible Plants of the Bosque
Jul
30
5:30 pm17:30

Medicinal and Edible Plants of the Bosque

Sunday, July 30, 5:30 pm
Leader: Dara Saville

Take a walk with Herbalist and Geographer, Dara Saville of Albuquerque Herbalism to discover the edible and medicinal plants of our Bosque.  We'll explore the multitude of useful plants that are commonly used in natural healthcare practices and sample a few herbal remedies from the Bosque.  Along the way, we'll also discuss how these wild plant populations are changing and what that means for the health of our riparian ecosystems.

Meet at 5:15pm at the Westside Community Center (1250 Isleta Blvd SW, south of Bridge) for a short carpool to the trail head.

RSVP to Dara at albuquerqueherbalism@gmail. com.


Explore the Durand Open Space Bosque
Jul
9
5:30 pm17:30

Explore the Durand Open Space Bosque

Sunday, July 9, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Leader: Richard Barish

The Bosque Action Plan, the City plan governing the bosque, designated the southernmost part of the Rio Grande Valley State Park as a "Wildlife Preserve."  The County created the Durand Open Space on the west side in the far South Valley, giving access to the Wildlife Preserve area.  The residents of the far South Valley now have local access to lovely bosque trails, but at the expense of chipping away at the wildlife preserve area.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  I don't have an easy answer to that question, but since it is there, we will explore it.

Meet at the Durand Open Space. Take Rio Bravo to Isleta, then 1.6 miles south on Isleta. There will likely be mosquitoes, so long pants and long sleeves and/or repellant are highly recommended.  Bring binoculars if you have them so we can check out any birds we encounter.

RSVP to richard.barish@gmail.com or 232-3023.

Bosquitos: birding in the bosque
Mar
5
10:00 am10:00

Bosquitos: birding in the bosque

  • Sprouts Market parking lot

We are going bird-watching in Corrales Sunday March 5 at 10 am and you, your family, and friends are invited!

Your guide to the Corrales Bosque Preserve will be John Egbert, former New Mexico Nature Conservancy director and field ornithologist. John is a naturalist and encourages children to discover birds or other lifeforms and how they relate to each other.  Enjoy the stunning views of the Sandias, too. 

Bring water, and binoculars if you have them. Curiosity and imagination required for this fun morning trip.

We will meet at the entrance area of Sprouts at the corner of Coors and Corrales Road. From the east side, take Alameda west across Rio Grande to Corrales/Coors intersection. There is very limited parking at the site we will be traveling to in the Corrales Bosque so we are hoping to carpool to the site from Sprouts. We will leave by 10:15 am.

If you get lost you can call Sarita Streng at 505-288-8713 or follow this link.

Bosque By Wheelchair
Sep
17
10:00 am10:00

Bosque By Wheelchair

This area, just outside the river’s levees, has a forested and wetland area, in addition to a rose garden and educational center.  We’ll explore the grounds and then make our way to the Paseo del Bosque trail to explore routes down to the River.

The purpose of this outing is to enjoy the trail but is also to see how well it works for people who use wheelchairs or other assistive devices (walkers, canes, etc.) and make recommendations to agencies on how they can improve and properly care for these trails.  We are exploring the true accessibility of the trail and will do our best to ensure its ease of use before the outing, but please do know that we may discover unexpected challenges. 

If you need special assistance, please contact us before hand, but we also will have outings leaders who can help on the inclines if needed.  All are welcome on this outing.  Please send ideas and suggestions even if you can’t make it. 

When: 10:00 - 12:00pm  
Where: Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd NW
To Bring:  Good shoes and wheels, walkers, cruches, canes, etc. water, hat, sunscreen, snack. 

Contact: Please RSVP to Colston Chandler (505-343-9498 or ccent@swcp.com).

Yerba Mansa Project Restoration Volunteer Day
Sep
10
10:00 am10:00

Yerba Mansa Project Restoration Volunteer Day

The Yerba Mansa Project restores native plants in the Bosque and provides educational programs for the community.  Donate a few hours of your time to restore critical wetland habitat so that Yerba Mansa and other native plants can thrive along the banks of the Rio Grande. The focus will be on removal of invasive Ravenna grass and reseeding with native grasses and herbs to increase biodiversity and create improved habitat. 

Meet at Tingley Drive, 0.8 miles south of Central, at the parking lot marked "Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond" at the southern end of Tingley Beach recreation areas.  Bring water, snacks, protective long sleeve clothing, work gloves and a shovel, if you have one.  (Open Space will provide shovels and gloves for those who don’t have them.)

This event is open to all members of the community so bring your family and friends.  Please RSVP to dara@albuquerqueherbalism.com with the number in your party so we know how many volunteers to expect.

Let's talk Cottonwood Trees
Sep
10
9:00 am09:00

Let's talk Cottonwood Trees

Join us for a 1½–2 hour walk in the Bosque and dig into the history and life cycle of our grand old Cottonwoods.  Meet at the Calabacillas Open Space parking lot.

Directions: On Coors directly north of Paseo del Norte is the traffic light for Irving Street, continue north past the light, the next street on the right is Westwood (at the corner is the TI Brewery) turn here and continue along Westwood and then go east along the dirt levee road to the parking lot.

Bring water, proper clothing and shoes (we will be hiking a sandy trail), snacks and camera.

RSVP Peter Kelling cloudsandwater@juno.com

Exploring your Bosque
Aug
27
8:00 am08:00

Exploring your Bosque

Colston Chandler will lead a hike that returns to a silvery minnow project one year after its construction on the east side of the river just south of Paseo del Norte. We will see how well the Bosque has recovered from the construction and the concurrent huge tumbleweed problem. Last year, despite the construction we saw coyotes and egrets, among other things. Perhaps this year, too! 

Bring:  Good walking shoes, water, hat, sunscreen, binoculars if you want to bird, walking stick if you wish.  Long sleeves recommended to protect from scratches and in the unlikely event of bugs. 

RSVP:  So we'll know what to expect, please let us know if you plan on coming by contacting  Colston Chandler (505-343- 9498 or ccent@swcp.com).

Poetry Walk in the Bosque
Aug
13
8:30 am08:30

Poetry Walk in the Bosque

Summer is a good time to see the cottonwoods fully leafed out in all their lushness, but also to note which trees have lost branches due to the ongoing drought.  We will hike a route similar to previous hikes, to note changes in vegetation and animal populations, while stopping occasionally to hear poems about summer. 

Moderate hike, 2 miles, wear a hat, bring water and sunscreen.  

Location to be announced when you register. Email M.J. Zimmerman at mjzim@hotmail.com to register.

Aug
11
6:00 pm18:00

Public meeting – Phase 3 Bosque Trail

  • Los Duranes Community Center

The City has now posted the Phase III trail alternatives on its web site.  Phase III will extend the City's trail from Campbell Road to Montaño.  You can find maps showing the "no action" alternative, alternative 1, alternative 2, and alternative 3 at the links.  There may be new alternatives or variations that are available before the public meeting at the City web site or at the August 11 public meeting.

City's Walks and Public Meeting
Jul
26
6:00 pm18:00

City's Walks and Public Meeting

The City has begun its public process to obtain input on Phase III of its trail construction.  This phase will extend the trail from Campbell Road, through the Bosque adjacent to the Nature Center, and up to Montaño. 

Click on event title for details

Bosquitos: Learn about Birds of the Bosque
May
21
3:00 pm15:00

Bosquitos: Learn about Birds of the Bosque

  • Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Come to the Refuge to learn about birds in Albuquerque's Bosque. Bird Tour at 3:30 pm. Activities will include fun educational activities about birds in the area and will coincide with the Abrazos Celebration of Community Justice. 

The Bosquitos are the youth-centered group of the Bosque Action Team. Our mission is to learn about Albuquerque's Bosque, the animals and plants that live there, and ways to take care of the Bosque as a precious natural space.

More information about the Bosque Action Team

Spring at the Oxbow
May
15
10:00 am10:00

Spring at the Oxbow

We’ll meet at the Open Space parking lot at the southeast corner of Montaño and Coors. From there we will enjoy a leisurely hike to the Oxbow where we will discuss the recently completed restoration work by the Army Corp of Engineers.

Bring good shoes, camera, water, sunscreen and snacks.

Contact: Peter Kelling

Bosque Restoration Field Day
May
14
10:00 am10:00

Bosque Restoration Field Day

 

This event is an opportunity to show the Bosque some love through habitat restoration and increasing native plant biodiversity.  We will be removing invasive non-native Ravenna grass and preparing areas for replanting natives. This event is open to everyone, including kids, so bring your family and friends. Wear long sleeved clothing to protect yourself from scratches and bring lots of water and snacks.  You can also bring your own work gloves and shovels or mattocks, if you have them. Open Space will provide gloves and tools for anyone who does not have their own.  Find out more about this project at: http://albuquerqueherbalism.com/yerba-mansa-project/.

Meet at the parking lot located along Tingley Drive, which is 0.8 miles south of Central and marked with the sign ‘Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond.’ It is at the southern end of all the fishing ponds.

RSVP so we know how many volunteers to expect to Dara Saville.

Bosque Exploratory Hike
May
8
1:30 pm13:30

Bosque Exploratory Hike

This outing will explore a little-visited part of the Bosque around the outfall of the South Diversion Channel, south of Rio Bravo.  This is often a good area for birds, and migration should be in full swing, so bring your binoculars.  We’ll check out what the Corps of Engineers has been up to in this area in terms of restoration projects and otherwise. 

Please RSVP to Richard Barish by email or phone.

Bosquitos: Amphibians and Reptiles of the Bosque
Apr
24
1:00 pm13:00

Bosquitos: Amphibians and Reptiles of the Bosque

We'll meet at the Kit Carson Park Playground (1509 Kit Carson Ave SW, Albuquerque) and then walk into the Bosque together.

Bruce Christman will lead us on an outing to learn about amphibians and reptiles of the Bosque. Bruce is a herpetologist focused on conservation of amphibians and reptiles. He has worked in 5 western states for at least as many state or federal agencies either as an employee or as a contractor. He is currently involved in the conservation and recovery of the Chiricahua leopard frog and narrow-headed garter snake, both of which are found in the Gila.

The Bosquitos are the youth-centered group of the Bosque Action Team.  Our mission is to learn about Albuquerque's Bosque, the animals and plants that live there, and ways to take care of the Bosque as a precious natural space.

Bosque by Wheelchair
Mar
26
1:30 pm13:30

Bosque by Wheelchair

Pueblo Montaño Picnic Area and Trailhead

Discover the wood carvings at Pueblo Montaño Picnic Area and Trailhead on the Westside

Details about the outing: 

Parking: Four spaces designated for increased accessibility. Surface is level concrete with space for most ramps and lifts. Spaces are located near trailhead. Additional parking is located near the trailhead with compact gravel surface.

Route: 1.1 mile loop beginning and ending at the parking area. Path surfaces included concrete, packed soil, mud, and sand. The route passes through the sculpture garden, cottonwood bosque, and provides good views to the river. A variation of the route can be completed to decrease length and avoid some accessibility barriers, while still providing access to the sculpture garden and the river by going southeast from the parking lot to the river and turning southwest along the river, with the same route used to return.

RSVP: Billy Meyer, williammeyer4@yahoo.com

Poetry in the Bosque
Feb
13
12:00 pm12:00

Poetry in the Bosque

  • Campbell Road and Trellis

Winter is a good time to see porcupines curled up, high in leafless trees, and bald eagles perched across the river. We might even see some coyotes hunting in the snow or great horned owls beginning to nest. On this moderate 3 mile loop, we will experience the forest in winter, with some readings of winter poems by M.J. to help us enter this season. Limit 12 people.

Meet at Campbell Road and Trellis (one block east of the Bosque where you can park).

Dress for the weather.  No dogs please.

Contact MJ Zimmerman for details:

Banner photo by GLAS-8

Public hearing - City Plan
Jan
7
5:30 pm17:30

Public hearing - City Plan

  • Los Duranes Community Center

The City has now revealed what its public process will be for the extension of its trail north of I-40 to Campbell Road this winter.  As you probably know by now, the administration reneged on its agreement to follow a process that had been negotiated and agreed to by the administration, the Sierra Club, and the Bosque Action Team. This agreement would have provided for two public meetings and two thirty-day comment periods.

The City will hold a public meeting on January 7 at Los Duranes Community Center, 2920 Leopoldo Rd NW, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Click on the event title for details.

Third Annual Bosque Bash
Dec
13
2:00 pm14:00

Third Annual Bosque Bash

  • Tortuga Gallery

Join us for music, refreshments, and good company!
Sunday, December 13th, 2-5 pm
Tortuga Gallery, 901 Edith Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

The Bosque Action Team has now been work for three years to protect our Rio Grande Bosque as natural space in our city and for its people. We can't do that work without you and your support. The Bosque now is facing another length of the Mayor's trail. Our hope is that with our future work agreement with the City that this next phase of the trail will be good for the Bosque and its users.  

Suggested donation is $10.

Would you bring something to the potluck? Please email Peter Kelling 

Would you donate something to our silent auction? We’re inviting individuals, local artists and craftspeople to donate works or items in support of our efforts to protect the Bosque.  Email Peggy Norton. Drop donated items off at the Sierra Club office at 2215 Lead Ave SE, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 1-4pm.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1516971451955315/

Items from the silent auction

Bosque By Wheelchair
Nov
21
10:00 am10:00

Bosque By Wheelchair

  • Bachechi Open Space

This area, just outside the river’s levees, has a forested and wetland area, in addition to a rose garden and educational center.  We’ll explore the grounds and then make our way to the Paseo del Bosque trail to explore routes down to the River.

The purpose of this outing is to enjoy the trail but is also to see how well it works for people who use wheelchairs or other assistive devices (walkers, canes, etc.) and make recommendations to agencies on how they can improve and properly care for these trails.  We are exploring the true accessibility of the trail and will do our best to ensure its ease of use before the outing, but please do know that we may discover unexpected challenges.  If you need special assistance, please contact us before hand, but we also will have outings leaders who can help on the inclines if needed.  All are welcome on this outing.  Please send ideas and suggestions even if you can’t make it.

Bring:  Good shoes and wheels, walkers, crutches, canes, etc. water, hat, sunscreen, snack.

Contact: RSVP to Colston Chandler or (505-343-9498).

First Aid & CPR Training
Nov
15
9:00 am09:00

First Aid & CPR Training

Calling Outings Leaders! Join us for a first aid and CPR class.

When: Sunday, November 15th from 9:00am - 3:00pm

Location: Albuquerque Metro area, exact location TBA (we'll let you know asap)

Cost: If we get ten people signed up for the class the total cost of the class is $42.50. If more people sign up it'll be less, so we'll let you know the balance of the cost the day of the class.

Sign up:

  1. Send a deposit check of $30 made out to the Sierra Club to 2215 Lead Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
  2. Please let us know by email if you are going to participate so that we can recruit appropriately
Fall Hike in the Bosque
Nov
14
9:00 am09:00

Fall Hike in the Bosque

  • Monataño and Coors, west side

We’ll hike the west side stretch of the Bosque from Montaño to the Oxbow (approx. one and a half miles). The stand of Cottonwoods behind the Bosque School should be beautiful this time of year. Then we’ll take a side trail to the river and talk briefly about the benefits of the the new embayment installed by the Corps of Engineers. Then on to the new pond at the edge of the Oxbow. There we will talk in detail about the Corps project there and the importance of the Oxbow and it’s place in the Rio Grande Valley State Park. 

Meet: Parking lot just east of the SE corner of Montaño and Coors.

Bring: Dress for cool fall weather and bring what is necessary for a two hour hike.  

Contact: RSVP to Peter Kelling

BOSQUITOS:  Bosque Treasure Hunt
Nov
8
12:00 pm12:00

BOSQUITOS: Bosque Treasure Hunt

  • Open Space Visitors Center

Bosque Treasure Hunt with Noel Chilton

Learn How to Use Compasses and Sun Dials While Learning about the Bosque

Ahoy there, Bosquitos!  Listos for a treasure huntcito?  Well, grab your striped shirt and steer on over to the Open Space Visitor Centerito!  There, you'll make your own navigation tools to use as you discover new lands!  Your handmade compass and sun-dial will guide you along as you encounter strange creatures--argh!"  

Bring: water bottle and snacks.  

Contact: Sarita Streng or (505) 288-8713

Poetry in the Bosque
Oct
31
8:30 am08:30

Poetry in the Bosque

  • Rio Grande Nature Center

Stroll through the beautiful autumn Bosque with stops for short poetry readings to help us deepen our connection to this forest and river.  We will also learn about conservation efforts and wildlife sightings in this area, as well as visit some hidden land art.  Moderate 3-mile loop through both young and mature forest, no elevation gain.  Limit 15 people.   

Meet: Nature Center Parking Lot at West end of Candelaria

Bring: Hat, sunscreen, water, and binoculars (optional).  No dogs please.

Contact:  M.J. Zimmerman to reserve a place.

Visit a hidden wetlands on the Rio Grande
Oct
24
9:00 am09:00

Visit a hidden wetlands on the Rio Grande

Explore the Bosque on the west side of the river, immediately north of Central Avenue and extending slightly beyond an old MRGCD diversion canal that has been turned into a wetland for silvery minnows and water fowl. The 2-2.5 miles is fairly level walking. Limited to 20 walkers.

What to Bring: insect repellent, good walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, binoculars, water and snack (if you wish).

Contact info: RSVP to Colston Chandler or (505-343-9498.

 

Bosque By Wheelchair
Oct
17
10:00 am10:00

Bosque By Wheelchair

  • Rio Bravo Riverside Picnic Area

This area includes a ¼ mile trail made of crushed gravel, there is ADA parking, and ADA fishing pier for the irrigation ditch and a picnic area.  Those who want to can also explore some hard-packed dirt trails.  The purpose of this outing is to enjoy the trail but is also to see how well it works for people who use wheelchairs or other assistive devices (walkers, canes, etc.) and make recommendations to agencies on how they can improve and properly care for these trails. 

We are exploring the true accessibility of the trail and will do our best to ensure its ease of use before the outing, but please do know that we may discover unexpected challenges.  If you need special assistance, please contact us before hand, but we also will have outings leaders who can help on the inclines if needed.  All are welcome on this outing.  Please send ideas and suggestions even if you can’t make it.

When: 10:00 - 12:00pm  

Where: To access the Rio Bravo Riverside Picnic Area take Rio Bravo Blvd. west from Broadway. Before the bridge turn right onto Poco Loco Rd. and follow it directly west into the parking area.

Bring:  Good shoes and wheels, walkers, crutches, canes, etc. water, hat, sunscreen, snack and lunch if you want to stay to picnic afterwards.  

Contact: camilla.feibelman@sierraclub.org, 505.715.8388