May 2010 - Volume V, No. 5
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.
WATER FOR A WHILE
An important part of Save the Laja Foundation’s support is dedicated to the construction, already underway, of a large cistern with the capacity of more than 400 m3 to capture and hold rain water. This volume of almost entirely uncontaminated water will be valuable to El Charco del Ingenio in the near future when the reservoir’s capacity will be reduced due to silting and when using City water to irrigate will be prohibitive and unthinkable. A network of collectors will capture rainwater and irrigate the Garden in areas requiring it. Without a doubt, this initiative marks a new stage in our conservation project. Thanks to STL.
DOG PARK | Coming soon!
To address the interests of our members, some for and some against allowing dogs in the Garden, the Board decided to dedicate a section of the reserve of about one hectare in the western part where members can enter with their dogs as long as the rules for the correct usage of this space are respected. During this past April the area was fenced and there are several doors for people to enter and exit at any time. The entrance for dogs is the Balcones gate. We will initiate this on a trial basis, subject to modifications, and we appreciate input from our members. For more information about the rules for this area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET TO KNOW THE BUTTERFLIES OF EL CHARCO
In our last issue of this newsletter, we mentioned the support of our friends and collaborators, Susan and Wayne Colony, in putting together a list of birds and dragonflies which, along with photos of each species taken by them over years in the reserve, is on our website. Now the inventory and photos of butterflies (130 species) in El Charco is also available by clicking on the name in the Biodiversity section of the website. Try it and you will be surprised not only by the rich diversity of fauna in El Charco but also by the quality of these images. Check it out here.
MORE BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION CLASSES COMING
In December 2009 El Charco began a collaboration with the Denver Botanic Garden’s Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program and the initial response has been tremendous. We will be offering two classes in July:
The certificate program provides a comprehensive course of study, offering the drawing and painting skills required to render accurate and useful depictions of the plant world and fungi. Instructed by eight professional staff educators, the core curricula as well as the broad and encouraging range of elective courses present a bridge that connects people to the science of botany and ecology. Students not only develop an understanding and appreciation of science and art, but also gain an appreciation of conservation and knowledge beyond botany and plant sciences to applied fields.
For more information or to register, contact email@example.com before July 3rd. Word is out and these classes have become very popular. We suggest registering early since class size is limited to only 14 people.
In September we’ll be offering Composing Compelling Artwork and Flower Portraits in Pencil and Color and in December Focus on Form and Hand-Made Journals & Hand Lettering.
THE SECOND EXPO REPTILES CLOSES
GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM | This month we present Rogelio López González
A VOLUNTEER’S MAJOR WORK | Diana María
Diana María Garcia Velasquez is a biologist who graduated from the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes (UAA). During her training with the biotechnology lab of UAA, she participated in environmental education projects, rehabilitation of wild animals, and collaborated with the Botanical Garden in Texcoco, “Rey Netzahualcoyotl”. Currently Diana is doing professional training at El Charco especially in the area of propagation. Her sensibility and knowledge of the regional plants, as well as her naturally fitting in with our team, has contributed to the training of our staff.
This month we have three: the traditional one, a workshop/ temazcal to celebrate Children’s Day and one to celebrate Mother’s Day, especially for women.
TRADITIONAL TEMAZCAL: Sunday, May 30th | 6 pm | $250 pesos | with Alina Monterrubio
TEMAZCAL WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN aged 6 -10 | May 1st | 9 - 2:30 pm | Dayana Paz | Cost $350 pesos
Objectives: Stimulate creativity, free emotional expresión, develop security and concentration, cultivate a taste for good Elath, strengthen family ties and encourage respect and love for nature.
Program: yoga, meditation, toltec exercises, sacred games and the temazcal ceremony. We recommend loose clothing, a bandana, bathing suit, towel, sandals and a smile.
TEMAZCAL WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN | May 15th | 4 pm – 10 pm | $350 pesos | By Dayana Paz
Objectives: recuperate, revive and reinforce the magic of the sacred woman.
Program: Initiation ceremony, burning of the lifeboat, regression to the womb, rehabilitation “pranica”, energy curing, practice of yoga chikong and temazcal ceremony.
Space is limited so please call for reservations or information 154 47.15 | firstname.lastname@example.org or in El Charco’s main office.
Garden Lecture Series: Conservation of resources, soil, water and vegetation
BIRD WALKS: May 5th and 19th
The walks are for birders of all levels. They begin at 9:00 am and last about 2 1/2 hours. No reservations needed, and feel free to leave the walk at any time. Please bring binoculars, wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and bring water. Signe will meet you after you pass through the Reception area of the Botanical Garden.
Cost: $60 pesos for members of either El Charco or Audubon, $100 pesos for non-members of either organization (includes El Charco entrance fee).
May is the month for nesting. Look for the big, football-size-and-shaped nests of the Cactus Wren, made of dry grasses. Typically, Cactus Wrens nest in the Cholla cactus, more or less at eye level, but you might find a nest in a Nopal or a thorny tree such as a Huisache. On the opposite end of the size scale, look for the tiny, solid cup of the hummingbird nest, fastened to a twig or branch. Last year, Broad-billed Hummingbirds nested in the Conservatory--a smart strategy as it offers protection from both weather and predators.
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.
We celebrate the Full Moon Ceremony to come back into balance with nature on earth. Come and enthusiastically participate and dedicate your intention and energies at the Plaza of the Four Winds. Bonfire, incense, chanting, drumming included. Bring flutes, cymbals, a drum or any other instrument if you want.
It’s worth arriving a little early to admire the setting of the sun and the appearance of the moon over the mountains. You may want to bring a coat for cool evenings. Children welcome. Any questions, call Alicia Mayo at 152 .0376.
NOTICE TO MEMBERS
It´s very important to bring your membership card with you when you visit the Garden please. We must have spot checks since, unfortunately, we encounter on a regular basis abuses of privileges. We regret any inconvenience to our members and appreciate your cooperation.
THE GIFT SHOP AND CAFÉ
We currently have a show of Sabrina Gaydos’ paintings that were used in the 2010 calendar as well as new ecological products personalized for El Charco.
After a pleasant walk in the Garden, the Café offers delicious refreshments. Don’t leave without visiting the store and sampling snacks.