SWEC: Progress on wetland project

January 28, 2016

A wetland grows in the desert

Our contractors on the Southwest Environmental Center’s La Mancha Wetland project have been busy. They’ve moved massive amounts of dirt over the past 10 days, and the results are truly amazing. What had been a mostly dry basin is being transformed before our eyes into a series of groundwater-fed ponds connected by meandering channels, reminiscent of the historic Rio Grande floodplain. It is easy to envision the lush green oasis it will soon become. Click here to check our progress.

Want to help?

Once the dirt work is finished next week, we will need an army of volunteers to help with things like planting native plants, removing invasive salt cedar, burning tumbleweeds, installing bat houses, etc. If you’ve liked to volunteer, let kali@wildmesquite.org know. Our first volunteer weekend is tentatively scheduled for the first weekend in March, with a campout option at the site. Stay tuned for details!

Adopt a Tree (or bat house, etc.)

Restoring wetlands is not cheap. We still need to raise more money to complete this project. You can help by adopting a cottonwood, native plants, bat house, or trail camera. With your help, we will soon provide native fish, turtles, frogs, and countless birds with a year-round home and take another step towards restoring the Rio Grande to health.

Protecting jaguars in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands

Renowned for their power, beauty, and grace, jaguars once roamed across much of the southern United States. Today, these predators are vanishing throughout the Americas. Join us for a Tuesday Talk at SWEC on February 9th at 7 pm by Diana Hadley, president of the Northern Jaguar Project. She’ll tell us about the groundbreaking work the project is doing to protect jaguars and build tolerance among ranchers in northern Mexico. Free and open to the public.

Internships available

SWEC has a number of internships currently available, including an ecological restoration intern(s) to help with our La Mancha wetland project.  Click here to see what’s available and how to apply.

Back by Noons are coming

We are putting the finishing touches on our schedule of Spring 2016 Back by Noon guided Saturday morning natural history outings. Expect the first outing in February. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, check out the new edition of SWEC’s hiking guide.

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