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Michael Hernandez

In the Lincoln National Forest, amateur archaeologists are on a treasure hunt–and they’re finding historical gold in the form of clothing, shell casings and even license plates.

It’s part of a heritage tourism program the U.S. Forest Service runs called Passport in Time. Volunteers work with archaeologists and historians on public lands nationwide to survey, excavate and restore sites of historical or cultural value.

Michael Hernandez

Consider El Paso resident Vibert Skeete a busy bee with his recent hobby.

A substitute teacher for Socorro Independent School District, Skeete has kept bees in his backyard for about a year.

Newsmakers 1116 - Kevin Bixby, Southwest Environmental Center

Jun 19, 2019

On this episode of Newsmakers; Fred Martino talks with Kevin Bixby, Executive Director of the Southwest Environmental Center in Las Cruces.  This episode also includes field reports about a climate change photo exhibit and citizen science.   


Jason Lindsey / Converge Las Cruces

The dangerous effects of climate change make headlines every day. But to drive it home, sometimes a face-to-face meeting is required.

That’s the concept behind the photography exhibit “The Face of Climate Change."

Michael Hernandez

Thousands of community members celebrated the ninth Southern New Mexico Earth Day at the Plaza de Las Cruces.

There, booths representing dozens of local organizations and businesses invited residents to take part in ecological activities. 

That included making seed bombs to plant wildflowers or getting up close and personal with insects.

Converge Las Cruces Presents "The Face of Climate Change"

Apr 21, 2019
RWB CO2 by Jason Lindsey

  Converge Las Cruces presents The Face of Climate Change, a photographic exhibition at the Cottonwood Gallery located in the Southwest Environmental Center taking place May 1 through June 14, 2019.


The Face of Climate Change, examines climate change through the eyes of twelve photographers. The exhibition visually documents and comments on the status of our warming world.

Issues & Answers: Protecting Our Environment

Apr 19, 2019

"Issues and Answers: Protecting Our Environment" looks at efforts to reduce the use of fossil fuels in order to protect our public lands and mitigate the effects of climate change. It also profiles a New Mexico nonprofit organization that helps Latino youth experience the great outdoors. 

Park Williams - Columbia University

Apr 12, 2019

Fred Martino speaks with researcher Park Williams of Columbia University.

From Columbia University:

Park Williams is the Lamont Assistant Research Professor in the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He attended the college at the University of California, Irvine and he discovered his passion for environmental research via an undergraduate field project in a remote mountain region of Costa Rica. As a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Professor Williams combined his interest in environmental science with his interest in history through the use of tree rings.  Currently, he studies both the climatological causes, and the ecological consequences, of drought and his most recent research has been on the attribution of drought impacts by disentangling the relative influences of natural climate variability and human-caused climate change on drought related processes that are important to both humans and ecological systems. In the upcoming years, Professor Williams hopes to continue to better understand both the climatological and the ecological sides of drought.

Michael Hernandez

Counting the number of birds in your backyard or bees in your garden isn’t rocket science­­­­–it’s citizen science, an activity people of all ages and abilities can join.

A handful of residents met at the Munson Center to learn about a few of the many citizen science projects out there.

On this episode of Issues and Answers: Citizen Science, Michael Hernandez showcases examples of local projects Las Cruces community members are taking part in to help scientists collect environmental data. The program also reviews the threats posed by climate change.

Newsmakers 1108 - Mariel Nanasi, New Energy Economy

Mar 27, 2019

This week on Newsmakers, host Fred Martino sits down with Mariel Nanasi of New Energy Economy to discuss the transition away from fossil fuels. 

"Citizen Science" Event Wednesday in Las Cruces

Mar 24, 2019

The Museum of Nature & Science, in partnership with KRWG at New Mexico State University, presents “Become a Citizen Scientist Workshop” at the Munson Center, 975 S. Mesquite St., at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Science is for everyone! Learn how you can be a citizen scientist in your own backyard in this one-hour workshop for all levels of interest and ability. You’ll be introduced to four projects collecting data from people like you in our area: The Great Sunflower Project, SciStarter, Celebrate Urban Birds, and Nature’s Notebook. Your observations can contribute to national and international research projects, in just a few easy steps.

Dr. Jonathan Overpeck

As part of an ongoing seminar series hosted by New Mexico State University, climate scientists are visiting Las Cruces to educate residents about the dangers climate change poses to New Mexico while presenting ways to combat the issue.

Dr. Jonathan Overpeck, climate scientist and dean at the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability, is the latest expert to visit the Mesilla Valley. 

Wild Friends

Fifth graders from Monte Vista Elementary recently visited the state Legislature to promote a bill they helped draft to protect pollinators like bees and butterflies.

The students are among hundreds statewide taking part in Wild Friends, a civics and wildlife education program at the University of New Mexico School of Law’s Institute of Public Law.

To learn about their visit with lawmakers in Santa Fe, Michael Hernandez spoke with Wild Friends Director Sue George and science educator Sara Van Note.

Michael Hernandez

Just beyond the entrance to the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park lies a partitioned tract of land housing a variety of grasses, shrubs, and flowering plants called forbs.

While home to plant life now, Asombro Institute for Science Education Specialist Ryan Pemberton said the site looked very different in June 2000. That’s when 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the park’s northern boundary.

Drs. Scott Denning and Katharine Hayhoe

The American Southwest faces a multitude of threats when it comes to climate change; hotter temperatures, increased forest fires and longer droughts to name a few.

It’s a monumental problem, but a problem Dr. Scott Denning, an atmospheric science professor at Colorado State University can describe in three words; simple, serious and solvable. 

Michael Hernandez

Bill Lindemann wakes up early every morning, as he’s done for the past 15 years, to read a plastic rain gauge in his backyard.

Michael Hernandez

Sixth grade students from Vista Middle School arrived by bus to the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park just southwest of Las Cruces.

It seems like an ordinary field trip, but on this day these middle schoolers are more than students. They’re scientists, too.