El Charco Del Ingenio Botanical Garden Newsletter
November, 2006 - Volume 1, No. 9
OUR MISSION: To protect and preserve our natural heritage while developing a Botanical Garden dedicated to Mexican flora and providing an oasis of peace and tranquility. Please tell your friends and prospective members/supporters how to access the newsletter and help broaden the base of support for the Botanical Garden.
GUIDE TO THE WILDFLOWERS OF SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE: new book available
Recently published, this guide with photos by Richard Cretcher is an extraordinary contribution to the knowledge and conservation of the wildflowers of this region. It is also on sale at the reception (150pesos). In October 23 people participated in a walk in the garden identifying the wildflowers using this book as a guide.
Starting January 1, 2007 access for dogs in all of El Charco and the Botanical Garden will strictly be prohibited. Access will be permitted in most of Parque Landeta with the exception of the north and south banks of the presa where waterfowl can be injured. The Board has taken this decision due to the increasing importance of the El Charco del Ingenio as a refuge for local wildlife and as a conservation area for endangered plants. The daily presence of dogs in this area – even under control of the owners – inhibits the establishment and reproduction of various species and represents a direct menace to flora and fauna. Attacks by dogs causing the death of waterfowl and small mammals are becoming more common. This difficult measure will no doubt cause controversy, but we are convinced of its necessity and thank members and users of this conservation area for your comprehension and support.
INVENTORY OF MAMMALS EN EL CHARCO: Speaking of local wildlife….During the month of November we will start an intensive study to understand with better precision the species of mammals that live in the conservation area. This study will be led by Roberto Aviña, experimental biologist in charge for many years of the conservation project in the Sierra de Santa Rosa, Guanajuato. We are making an appeal to our supporters for assistance with the cost of this study. Please contact Cesar Arias (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Naomi (email@example.com) for more details.
BOTANICAL GARDEN CONVENTION
Mario Mendoza, Vice-Director of the garden and Martin Smith, curator of plants, represented El Charco at an annual meeting of the Mexican Association of Botanical Gardens the last week of October. People from more than 60 botanical gardens throughout Mexico met in Xalapa, Veracruz to define local strategies from the Global Agenda of Conservation of Botanical Gardens, spaces that act worldwide as guardians of regional biodiversity.
FULL MOON CEREMONY
We invite everyone to this open celebration that has been taking place for many years during the full moon cycle at the Four Winds Plaza in the Botanical Garden. This month Linda Vandiver will be leading the ceremony since Alicia Mayo is traveling. It’s worth arriving a little early to admire the setting of the sun and the appearance of the moon over the mountains. We recommend bringing a coat and a musical instrument if you wish. Admission is 30pesos, free for members.
VOLUNTEERING – You can make a difference
please contact Naomi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 152 1829.
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