September 2010 - Volume V, No. 9
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.
Kites have always been a symbol of fun, joy and freedom and they also help us understand physics and natural phenomena. To celebrate the arrival of windy Autumn we invite children and teens to participate in this first kite flying contest to keep the tradition (the nahuatl word, paploti means butterfly) and to promote creativity. Here’s how it works:
For information and to registers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Objective: Use the landscape of El Charco del Ingenio as the scene for an artistic creation in harmony with the surroundings of the natural reserve using natural materials that fit both visually and ecologically with the environment.
To d ownload the rules, click here:
Join this first Land Art exhibition!!
To register or for more information: Marlene Parra: email@example.com
September is the bicentennial month, so we are having a lecture on “San Miguel el Grande and Atotonilco: complimentary histories” IN SPANISH. San Miguel and Atotonilco have been linked by geography, in ways traced in the earth like unhealed scars, by old political, religious and economic aspects, by their citizens of old and today, by their deep spirituality, religiousity and symbolic foundations, by their bicentennial and centennial revolutions, and concretely, by a shared history that has been woven in the cloth of time.
Graciela Cruz Lopez has a degree in history and has specialized in the history of Guanajuato. She has participated in various projects at the University of Guanajuato and for the government of Guanajuato, the national museums (INAH), the College of Michoacan, the Academy of History of Madrid, the municipal government of San Miguel, the Biblioteca Publica and Bellas Artes in San Miguel, among others.
THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN, JARDIN DE LA TIERRA, IS COMING ALONG…
The entrance, a bower which is being woven in the form of a boveda, is almost complete. This space for the young (and the not so young accompanying them) will bring back childhood memories and dreams.
The rainwater cistern is also almost done and on top is a spiral ramp leading to the Solar Calendar, a main module of this special garden. Through a hole in the roof, the sun’s rays will mark the main astronomical and cultural dates (equinox, solstice, special celebrations, etc.) as well as the hours of the day (solar clock).
This group effort is being managed by El Charco along with invited assistance from Timoteo Wachter, Guillermo Veytia and Betsy January as well as our maestros, Don Toño and Don Tereso.
UNAM’S RESEARCH CENTER TAKES SHAPE IN PARQUE LANDETA
Last August 19th in the University’s Gazette, the Rector published an announcement about creating a program to investigate the economic impact of climate change in Mexico in the research center in Parque Landeta. Besides a program on Sustainable Development and the Economy, there will also be one dedicated to Environmental Education and Conservation. There will be ways for the local government and civil organizations to participate in the management of these programs which will assure the continuity and development of Parque Landeta.
To read the Rector’s announcement, click here and go to page 21.
GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM
Abraham Garcia Granados, better known as “Tornillo” by the staff, has a key position in our organization. He is responsible for the Conservatory of Mexican Plants, a job he assumes with great pride. Tornillo started out in maintenance and lately was assisting in propagation where he learned some great secrets. His ability to learn and be a team player have made him a loved and appreciated person at El Charco.
Since this month the Autumn equinox falls on the same day as the full moon, we will have a double celebration in the Plaza of Four Winds led by Dayana Paz, in charge of the temazcal and other workshops the last few months.
We suggest bringing a blue candle, orange or yellow flowers, or some similar offering to the wind such as incense. It is worth coming a little early to watch the coincidence of the setting of the sun among the mountains on the horizon, and the rising of the moon. We recommend that you come with a jacket and bring a musical instrument.
23, 24, 25 September | max. 15 persons | 600 pesos
RESERVATION NECESSARY : firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel:154.8838, 154.4715, o in the Botanical Garden visitor’s center.
This sweat-lodge steam bath, of ritual and healing character, takes place under the direction of an experienced temazcal leader in the ruins of the hacienda located in the Botanical Garden on the far side of the reservoir.
The combination of heat, humidity and fragrant herbs provides a purifying experience for the body and spirit. Its benefits are multiple: it activates circulation, increases the body’s defenses, eliminates pains, decreases uric acid, relaxes the muscles, regulates the nervous system, stimulates respiration and is excellent for losing weight.
RESERVATION NECESSARY: email@example.com | Tel:154.8838, 154.4715, o in the Botanical Garden visitor’s center.
EL CHARCO IN QUERETARO
El Charco del Ingenio already has a prestigious reputation not only in San Miguel but throughout Mexico, and other parts of the world, and now more people in our neighboring city of Queretaro will know about it as well. Recently, Monica Arias of Diario de Queretaro wrote an article in the “What to do” section about El Charco encouraging people from Queretaro to visit and enjoy the reserve. The article can be read at : http://www.oem.com.mx/diariodequeretaro/notas/n1754952.htm
CONSERVATION WORKSHOP TO BE HELD AT EL CHARCO
We are pleased that organizations such as Salvemos al Rio Laja, Ecosystem Science, NRCS and USDA, have chosen El Charco as the venue for a First Workshop on the Management and Conservation of pasture land in farming sites in the upper watershed of the Rio Laja. This meeting will take place Tuesday, August 31 to September 2. The El Charco team wishes all the participants good luck in their discussions and congratulations for such a detailed workshop.
CANCELLATION OF YOGA AND TEMAZCAL FOR CHILDREN
Since our friend, Alma Estrada, has moved from San Miguel we are canceling the yoga for children classes and monthly temazcals for children. We wish Alma all the best in her future projects.
If you are interested in organizing a special temazcal for children, please do not hesitate to contact us.
El Charco is always looking to improve its services to the public. Our latest effort involves remodeling the plant sale area for which we need some tree trunks in good condition, 35cm wide by 120cm (max) high. If you have any fitting this description you would be willing to donate, please contact Marlene at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
If you haven’t visited the Garden recently, this is a magnificent time of the year to do so. The reservoir has lots of water, the days are sunny and the climate perfect for a wonderful walk. The Charco is full of color from the wildflowers and it’s the season for spectacular sunsets. Visit the Conservatory of Mexican Plants, the canyon, the wetlands, archeological vestiges and much more.
First & third Wednesday of the month | 9 am to 11:30 am
Cost: 100 pesos general public | $60 pesos Audubon or El Charco members
Guide: Signe Hammer
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.
Fall migration has begun here with the arrival of two winter residents, Lark Sparrows and a Spotted Sandpiper. Six other sparrow species will be arriving to join our two year-around ones, Black-chinned and Chipping Sparrows. These two are pretty easy to tell apart: the Black-chinned has a distinctive plain gray head and chest, with black around the bill and down the chin; the Chipping has a rust-colored crown, white “eyebrow” and black eye line.
In the winter, though, except for the Black-chinned all bets are off. The winter Chippies lose their distinctive marks and blend in with Clay-colored and Brewers—except for that black eye-line, which, if you look closely, will distinguish them.
And then there are four species of streaky-breasted winter sparrows! More on those next month.