Optional Field Trips

If you want to learn more about the desert southwest – now is your chance. This year’s NCER features an optional pre and post conference field trip. Attendance is limited, and advance registration is required. The trips will close on March 1 or once the limit of 40 is reached. Indicate your interest in participating when registering online. You may sign up for one or both trips.

Thank you to our Field Trip Committee for making these tour opportunities possible.


Sunday, April 14, 2024

Santa Ana Pueblo

Santa Ana Pueblo Bosque Enhancement Projects

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Cost: $50 / Person
Leads:

Nathan Schroeder, Santa Ana Pueblo
Todd Caplan, GeoSystems Analysis

Itinerary:
9:00am
Arrival and Registration
Morning Refreshments Provided for Post-Conference Field Trip Participants
10:00am Bus departs hotel
10:00am Travel to Santa Ana Pueblo and listen to overview of invasive species
10:30am
Walking Tour: The Pueblo of Santa Ana - Tamaya
The Tamaya Indian Reservation is located along the Rio Grande, and the reservation encompasses approximately 79,000 acres
1:00pm Lunch Provided
2:00pm Load Bus
2:30pm Arrive back at hotel

This tour begins with an overview while traveling to the site on invasive species management and restoration work on the Rio Grande floodplain within the Santa Ana Pueblo. While at the Pueblo, participants will take part in a walking tour (~ 2 miles) through the bosque adjacent to the river featuring grassland and riparian restoration, and riverine and bank stabilization projects. The tour includes a box lunch to be provided at the Pueblo and then return trip to the hotel.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and Rio Grande Valley State Park

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Cost: $50 / Person
Leads:

Cameron Weber, Rio Grande Return
Ondrea Hummel, Tetra Tech

Itinerary:
7:30am Morning Refreshments Provided for Post-Conference Field Trip Participants
8:30am Bus departs hotel
9:00am
Meet at Salida Sandia & Welcome from Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)
9:15am Walking Tour
12:00pm Travel to Visitor Center
12:15pm
Enjoy lunch & Valle de Oro NWR Presentation
1:00pm Free time to walk around grounds and visit gift shop
1:30pm Load bus
2:00pm Arrive back at hotel

This tour begins with an orientation while on the bus traveling to the site. A welcome presentation will be provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff. While onsite, participants will take part in a walking tour (~ 1.7 miles) featuring stops at restoration sites including floodplain habitat, irrigation infrastructure, and stormwater features being used as waterflow and native avian habitat. At the end of the tour, participants will be taken to the Visitor Center for lunch and time will be giving to visit the surroundings and gift shop. The bus will return to the hotel at 1:30pm.


Field Trip Details

We Provide

The fee includes bus transportation, lunch, and bottled water.

You Bring

A hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and insect repellent. Light clothing that dries quickly is ideal. Weather will be chilly in the mornings, and get hotter during the day – a jacket and layered attire is suggested. You may also want to bring a camera and binoculars.

Important

Both tours entail walking a fairly long distance, and some walking over uneven terrain. Comfortable shoes are a must.

Cancellation Deadline

Refunds for cancellations will be issued until March 22, minus a $25.00 processing fee. Refunds will not be issued after March 22.


If an insufficient number of registrants sign up, field trips are subject to cancellation. If the trip is cancelled, you will receive a 100% refund.


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