El Charco Del Ingenio Botanical Garden Newsletter
April, 2008 - Volume III, No. 4
OUR MISSION: To protect and preserve our natural heritage and help build an environmental culture while developing a Botanical Garden dedicated to Mexican flora and providing an oasis of peace and tranquility for all. Please tell your friends and prospective members/supporters how to access the newsletter and help broaden the base of support for the Botanical Garden.
As we did last year in support of this worldwide environmental awareness movement, the Botanical Garden will lead a Clean Up Day in conjunction with FAI (Save the Children Mexico) and PEASMA (environmental education organization). The Botanical Garden manages to be generally garbage free but we do not have the staff or resources to clean Parque Landeta and the exterior zones south of the reserve. For this reason we are asking everyone, especially neighbors and members of el Charco to share this day in support of our local environment. From 8:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. on Saturday, April 26th at the entrance to Parque Landeta. Please come with comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hat, water and gloves if possible. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 154-8838.
Garden Lecture Series:
New Publication: Wild & Wonderful: Nature Up Close in the Botanical Garden ‘El Charco del Ingenio’
This new book will be available at the tienda at the garden starting April 15th. Text is by Walter Meagher and photography by Wayne Colony, Foreward by E.O. Wilson. On April 22 at 4p.m. at Villa Jacaranda, Walter and Wayne will present a talk and slide show for Audubon about the three habitats in Parque Landeta and El Charco. The book will also be on sale at that time. Watch for an announcement about a book signing event and official inauguration of our new store at El Charco in the near future. Members: you still have an opportunity to purchase this book at the pre-publication price of 220pesos (instead of 300p) until April 12th. Contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audubon and El Charco to work together on Parque Landeta project
After many years of friendly collaboration in San Miguel between Audubon and the Botanical Garden, mainly focused on the protection of Parque Landeta ecosystems, both environmental organizations are now envisioning ways to protect and improve the natural bird habitats surrounding Presa Las Colonias wetlands. During a recent meeting, the idea of buiding a bird observatory area on the south bank of the park was discussed. This park – managed for several years by the Botanical Garden – has natural and man-built bird sanctuaries where birds can be easily observation especially in the wetlands area. We hope to have concrete results soon.
Meet the new staff at the Tienda
Angelina (on the right) store manager and Elizabeth (on the left) and Manuela are our newest staff members. The recently opened tienda has exciting new items – and lots more to come. For the months of April, May and June, we are offering 10% off selected items for members. If you are interested in volunteering in the store, please contact email@example.com.
Spring Equinox Concert
More than 300 people attended the concert of music of Holy Thursday in a beautiful, natural setting. The music was written over a century ago by San Miguel composers and was interpreted by a small ensemble and a children’s choir.
Cacti in bloom
This is the best time for a stroll through El Charco to observe the magnificent forms and colors of the flowers throughout the garden. If you arrive early, the birds are also active. Don’t forget your cameras!
FULL MOON CEREMONY:
USER SURVEY QUESTION
We have a one page user survey at the garden for your feedback on our various services but for this newsletter, we have just one question to ask you: Would you recommend becoming a member of El Charco to your family and friends?We thank you in advance for taking a few seconds to send this simple yes/no answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to add comments if you want.
You can make a difference - Please volunteer
And you can make a difference with your contribution - volunteer or donate. We appreciate your support!! Please contact Naomi at email@example.com
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