Tag Archives: preservation

All About that Bosque

1 Mar

Lunch today is brought to you by the letter G for gumbo. And by Jill and Raf (who made the gumbo).

It’s been a while since I posted so let me catch yall all up to speed. I got a new job, and decided to go back to school. These were independent decisions but of course with my luck, they both manifested and began on the same day. So I went from exactly zero to one hundred in a matter of seconds. I am still working to catch my breath.

The job is wonderful, and exactly what I wanted in my life right now. Maine was great but I was constantly wondering about the logistics behind the island. What environmental measures are in place to keep the bird populations happy and healthy? Is anyone studying the seal family over on Nigh Duck? How much of this sewage that we funnel into the harbor ends up inside of cod? How much erosion takes place in Cathedral woods each spring? …These are the sorts of things I wondered about. All the while the humidity was wreaking havoc on my bones and so I swore my next job would have the option of a chair. I got my wish. I now work for the Open Space Division (part of the Parks and Recreation Department) for the City of Albuquerque. Open Space manages nearly 30,000 acres of wetland, volcanoes, bosque, the Rio Grande, and petroglyphs among many other things, with the purpose of acquiring, protecting, and maintaining the natural landscapes and cultural resources that both enhance our urban environment and provide wildlife habitats.

I do love this desert. With the recent political environment and feeling of doom, I suppose I should be in the public sector, fighting to preserve the places that are threatened. We all do our part.

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The Conservationist

11 Oct

After years of chasing a spotlight, my tail, and fireflies, I finally returned to my true vocation- archaeology. Except, the project I am hired on currently isn’t so much considered archaeological as it is graffiti mitigation- conservation.

El Morro National Monument is managed by the National Park Service, who after a recent incident of vandalism, contracted out to Archaeology SouthwestConservation Associates, and the University of New Mexico (that’s me!) for damage assessment, graffiti mitigation and conservation analysis.

Yesterday, after my arrival to the park and introduction to everyone, I got to see the site and get started with the crew. Preservation efforts are really a wonder to behold. What was the the most striking for me, I think, was that I was continually introduced to my new co-workers as ‘the conservationist from UNM.’

A title that I just might be able to get used to. 🙂

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