A FEW OF OUR GREAT BOSQUE SENTINELS
Pia Gallegos is a warrior civil rights lawyer who represents employees in discrimination, harassment, whistleblower and wrongful termination cases and who does class actions for employees cheated of their overtime pay. She is a loving mother of three children who she raised in the North Valley of Albuquerque, close to the bosque, where she still lives.
Peter moved to Albuquerque from Ashland, Oregon 11 years ago. He is a member of the Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center, where he serves on the Board of Directors, was past coordinator for Special Events and a Research Committee member. He also served as the Photo Contest Coordinator for the Festival of the Cranes. Having grownup between the coastal marshes and the temperate forests of Southern New Hampshire he has always had a love of river systems and wetlands. A few days after arriving in Albuquerque he was exploring and photographing the Bosque.
Kathleen Rhoad is a retired community college counselor who has been living in Abq since Oct 2010 having grown up amidst Mennonite and family farms in Lancaster County, Pa and later Baltimore County. She has also lived in Virginia,Germany, Maryland, West Virginia (where she owned a B&B in Elkins near the Monongahela Nat'l Forest) and Florida. Her enthusiasms are hiking & walking, cooking, gardening with NM native plants, especially to attract butterflies and birds, exploring the captivating & enchanted natural places in NM.
She has completed the Master Naturalist program with Bernalillo County, Summer 2012, walks regularly with Audubon Thurs Birders (has 312 birds on her Life List), completed a Habitat Gardening program with NM Native Plant Society, has been attending the Greater Abq Recreational Trail Committee, 3rd Tues of the month, is a Bosque Sentinel for the section of the Bosque east of the river and north of I-40 to the Rio Grande Nature Center.
Dara Saville is the founder and primary instructor of the Albuquerque Herbalism bioregional herbal studies program. She has a BA from New York University, an MS in Geography of the Southwest from the University of New Mexico, and is a graduate of Dr. Tierona Low Dog’s Foundations of Herbal Medicine Program. She has been working in the Bosque as a BEMP (Bosque Ecological Monitoring Program) volunteer for many years. In 2014 Dara began The Yerba Mansa Project in a partnership between Albuquerque Herbalism and the City of Albuquerque Open Space with the goal of restoring native plants to the Bosque and providing educational outreach about the Bosque’s ecological importance to native plants and animals.
Cyd Schulte is a recent Water Resources Policy and Management Masters graduate from the University of New Mexico. Her interest is environmental conservation and restoration, specifically in the area of natural resources and water issues. She lives near downtown Albuquerque with her husband and two children where they enjoy weekly trips to the Bosque near Tingly Beach.