August 12, 2014
SWEC Organizer Kicked Out of Lordsburg Farmers’ Market for Talking about Wolves
SWEC’s Field Organizer Patricia Snyder was evicted from the Lordsburg (NM) Farmers’ Market last Friday by Hidalgo County Commissioner Darr Shannon for being “too political.” Snyder had set up her table about one hour previously, having obtained permission well in advance to set up a table and talk to visitors about Mexican wolves and other conservation issues in southern NM. After she began engaging with visitors, she was confronted by NMSU Cooperative Extension Agent John Allen who was apparently upset over SWEC’s pro-wolf stance. Allen then called Commissioner Shannon who informed Snyder she needed to leave, saying it was private property and under the control of Hidalgo County. It was the first time a SWEC representative has been evicted from any public event anywhere for talking about wolves. Read more about this outrageous event here and in this Las Cruces Sun-News article.
Speak Up for wolves!
They tried to silence us in Hidalgo County but we won’t remain quiet for long. We need your voice too! Lobos need your help in Truth or Consequences tomorrow. USFWS is proposing rule changes to the reintroduction program. Some are good, but some will push Mexican wolves back to the brink of extinction. The only public hearing about these chances in New Mexico is being held tomorrow 6-9 pm in T or C at the Civic Center. Wolves need you to speak for them as anti-wildlife proponents will definitely be in attendance. Come early (5:00 pm) for a pro-wolf rally!
Fall 2014 Back by Noon Outings Almost Here
We’re still putting the finishing touches on the schedule, but the first outing will be August 30—a trip to the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park in search of some of the strange and wonderful arthropods of the desert brought out by the rains, led by Dave “Bugman” Richman. Stay tuned for details.
Save the Date
Tickets will be available soon to SWEC’s A Wild Night…For Wildlife annual gala fundraiser on September 27. Mark your calendars!
SWEC Board Openings
SWEC has two openings on its board of directors. We are looking for candidates who support the organization and are passionate about saving nature. Nonprofit board experience is a plus but not required. If interested, please send resume and brief letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.