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FRONTERA JULY 2018 UPDATE

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The Frontera July 2018 Update

Grants Awarded in 2017-2018 to assist with Frontera programs and projects:
(In alphabetical order)

The El Paso Electric Company, granted funds for the Frontera Nature Discovery Program along with support to complete a conservation easement on an active organic farm in Socorro, Texas! Frontera is committed to increasing the number of people that spend time exploring and moving in our natural world through the Nature Discovery Program. By making these connections through education and recreation, we not only improve and sustain the mental and physical health of our community members, but we also improve and sustain the health of our region’s beautiful natural environment for future generations.  

The El Paso Zoo Conservation Fund, using donations from guests rounding up their purchases at the zoo gift shop and restaurants, granted $1,000 to Frontera for education signs which are now placed inside Resler Canyon’s half-mile-long education trail. Come check them out and learn about Resler Canyon!

The Wilma Moleen Foundation is supporting our 2019 partnership with the City of El Paso Archeology Museum and Coronado High School’s week-long tours and hikes to learn about Castner Range and its history as well as its biology. The Foundation’s grant also supports the hiring of a quarter-time employee for the Frontera Nature Discovery Program. This employee will be bilingual, offer education workshops, guided hikes, recreational activities, and will represent Frontera at events that introduce the general public to our efforts. Through such efforts we seek to preserve the unique, natural habitats that are located in our region.
 
The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) protects, restores and expands America’s National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy and partnerships. Frontera has been awarded a CLF grant that assisted with the April 2018 Coronado High School tours and guided hikes on the City-owned land surrounding the Archeology Museum, adjacent to Castner Range. In addition, the CLF will also support a “Thank-you” celebration this coming winter, honoring everyone involved with the long-running campaign to conserve the Range.
 
The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department has provided Frontera with two dog stations at Resler Canyon! One of them has already been installed and the other will be up soon! This will make it easy for everyone to pick up after their dogs and not pollute the arroyo and our local water source.

Upcoming Events

Discover interesting facts about Burrowing Owls on a walk at Resler Canyon. Lois Balin, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Urban Biologist, will lead the walk Saturday, August 25, from 8 to 9 a.m. We will meet at the Cadiz St. entrance. Learn more here:

Wildlife of Resler Canyon Details

Join the El Paso Audubon Chapter and Frontera for a series of birding events. Both tours will take place during peak fall migration, a great time for birding!

  • First we’ll be on the lookout for birds along Resler Canyon’s two arroyos. We will start on Saturday, September 8th, 8 to 10 a.m. to explore the Canyon’s mid-elevation desert-arroyo habitat. Our tour guide will be Kevin Floyd.  We might see Gambel’s quail, roadrunners, Swainson’s hawks, and black-chinned hummingbirds. We will all meet at Cadiz Street for the start of the bird walk. Wear a hat, sunblock, sturdy shoes (as the terrain is rocky) and bring plenty of water. If you own binoculars and a camera, do feel free to bring them. No prior bird watching experience required! Contact Kevin Floyd at elpasoaudubon@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP (Max. group size of 10).
  • The second tour will take place Saturday, September 15 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Keystone Heritage Park and Wetlands. Kevin Floyd will point out several species of ducks returning from their northern breeding grounds, wading birds, and swallows. We will all meet at Keystone Heritage Park on Doniphan in the parking lot. Please bring a $2 cash donation for admission to Keystone. No prior bird watching experience required. Wear a hat, use sunscreen, and bring plenty of water, binoculars and a camera if available. Contact Kevin Floyd at elpasoaudubon@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP (Max. group size of 10).

A Classic Hollywood Movie, Starring Castner Range!  Castner Range is coming to the Plaza Classic Film Festival, sponsored by the El Paso Community Foundation, Frontera’s partner in conserving Castner Range as a national monument. The film, “Take the High Ground!”, will be shown, for free, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the downtown El Paso Museum of Art, right next to the Plaza Theatre. “This is a good movie, solidly made and acted,” says Doug Pullen, the Film Festival’s Program Director. Released on October 30, 1953, the MGM production starred Richard Widmark and Karl Malden as drill sergeants at El Paso’s Fort Bliss. Much of the film takes place on the era’s 8,348-acre Castner Range, including the flatter 1,230 acres east of the US 54 freeway that the Department of the Army transferred in 1971—after a surface-sweep removed visible ordnance and explosives—to the City for development. So come on down to the Art Museum. The film is bound to be a far-Range-ing experience.

Latino Conservation Week
We had a great Focus on Nature hike, led by Elizabeth Demoultrie, Brenda Berumen and Benny Pol, on the newly conserved Knapp land! This hike was held at such a hot time of year so we could be part of the Latino Conservation Week national celebration! But the heat did not keep people away. We had over 12 people and kids exploring nature through a lens and they had the opportunity to ask questions along the way about the surrounding wildlife and flowers.   

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