MARCH 22, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-1:00p.m. Day Project in the Los Padillas Wildlife Sanctuary
Help us kick off the 2014 Projects Season by spending the day at Los Padillas Wildlife Sanctuary in the South Valley of Albuquerque!
The Sanctuary is normally closed to adult visitors as it is designed to advance the education of elementary students in environmental studies. AWF volunteers will partner with Los Padillas Elementary School staff, parents, and students to reduce the threat of a major fire event that could destroy this unique outdoor classroom. No pets are permitted within the Sanctuary.
LOCATION: Los Padillas Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 2525 Los Padillas Road SW, Albuquerque, 87108.
THE PROJECT: We will be clearing overgrowth and dry leaves on a five-acre plot of land that is designated as a wildlife sanctuary. Activities will include cutting dead and dying branches from bushes and trees and clearing dried leaves from beneath trees. The work will range from raking and bagging to chopping and sawing, and there are many tasks for every level of endurance.
SCHEDULE: We’ll meet at the site at 9:00 a.m. and will likely be done by noon when we will have lunch as a group. If needed, a smaller crew can do some more work after the break. Folks are welcome to bring instruments and games and hang out after lunch.
GEAR: Bring everything you need for a day of outdoor work, including gloves, hat, long sleeves, long pants, sturdy boots, and sunscreen. Tools for raking, chopping, sawing, and hauling debris will also be needed. Dress in layers to be prepared for New Mexico’s variable weather and bring plenty of water.
FOOD: Bring a sack lunch. TO SIGN UP: Contact Hamish Thomson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions and further details will be sent to you once you sign up.
MARCH 22 - Local day project in Los Padillas Wildlife Sanctuary APRIL 25 to 27 - Cebolla Canyon, SE of Grants, NM MAY 16 to 18 - Zuni Mountains, near Gallup, NM MAY 30 to JUNE 1 - Rio Cebolla, Jemez Mountains JUNE 27 to 29 - Glorieta Mesa, near Santa Fe, NM JULY 25 to 27 - Valles Caldera AUGUST 22 to 24 - Valles Caldera SEPTEMBER 26 to 28 - Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge OCTOBER TBD - Local day project with the Sandia Ranger District
One of AWF's primary missions is to improve and preserve wildlife habitat for present and future uses. To further this goal, AWF hosts several volunteer restoration projects each year in locations around New Mexico. Project tasks include building rock structures in streambeds using the techniques developed by Bill Zeedyk, planting trees, installing fence exclosures to protect riparian areas, and removing old wire fencing that is hazardous to wildlife.
Some of the projects are one-day events at local venues in and around Albuquerque. Most are weekend camping trips in beautiful public lands in the state. Typically, participants arrive on Friday afternoon or evening, camp Friday and Saturday nights, and depart by Sunday noon.
The camping events feature Saturday morning breakfast burritos and coffee, and a Saturday evening potluck dinner with grilled bison burgers and veggie options provided by AWF. Participants bring a dish to share to create a bountiful meal.
We welcome participants of all ages; individuals under 18 years of age require parental permission or supervision.