Frontera is excited to share a new partnership: We are working with Fort Bliss Child and Youth Services (CYS). Together we will provide CYS Youth Center students exposure to environmental education, conservation efforts and animal sciences. Ft Bliss’s Garrison Commander COL Michael Hester, its CYS Coordinator Pat Smith and Frontera’s President Scott Cutler signed the MOU activating this agreement between Frontera and the CYS Department. Frontera is excited about this new program and is eager to engage with CYS youth and offer them an interactive learning experience.
We would like to say a great big thank you to the Hunt Family Foundation! Frontera has received funding from the Foundation to assist in implementing a Nature Discovery Program. The new program that Frontera is working to develop will increase the number of people that spend time exploring and moving in our natural world. This will lead to better health and a better quality of life which will only increase because people will feel connected with the world they live in and will learn about Mother Nature and how to treat her as she deserves.
Native Bee Pan Trapping Training:
Frontera hosted a workshop at Resler Canyon on how to pan-trap to sample native bee populations. The pan trapping will be done all over the region by volunteers in their yards, parks, or open areas. This is a great way to assist with the research being done on native bees. Frontera will host a pan-trapping training for our members. It’s easy to learn how to do, and you can perform the activity right in your own back yard. Learn the details below under “Events.”
Frontera has reached out to a few conservation groups in New Mexico. We recently met with the New Mexico Land Conservancy, the Southwest Environmental Center and the Friends of Oregon Mountains/Desert Peak National Monument. We are working to expand our collaboration and efforts for water, wildlife and land conservation. We will keep you posted as the partnership develops and grows.
The April Frontera Mixer at the Ode went extremely well. We met with UTEP and EPCC students and learned about their efforts in the community. Frontera also hosted a booth and a table at the Tech H20 Center’s Water Festival. That event was lots of fun!Frontera was able to promote water awareness and share an understanding of water and wildlife conservation. We also were joined by a pollination expert from Auburn University who shared her knowledge and love of native bees. Earlier, Frontera spent Earth Day at the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department event. Kids of all ages had a great time looking at some insects through magnifying glasses and learning about local conservation efforts in the region.
All are welcome at the second native-bee pan-trapping session. It’s easy to pan-trap bees, and you can do so in your own yard!
We will meet at Thunder Canyon from 9:00-9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 1st.
Location and map here.
Help restore and manage the Keystone Wetland! These “Keystone Work Days” will be held the last Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon. Frontera assists in the work days by providing tools, but more importantly water from Resler Canyon flows into Keystone, so it’s crucial that Frontera continue to take an interest in that property. Meet at the Keystone Park (Kappa Rd. and Doniphan Dr.).