Journal of the Southwest Podcast with David Seibert, BRN Watershed Restoration Project Manager
The JSW Radio Hour brings the voices of researchers, educators, activists and community members working to better understand the region’s past and envision possible new futures. It continues to highlight the special consciousness of place that has been the focus of the Journal of the Southwest for the last three decades.
1 Million Agave: Ambitious Binational Restoration Plan To Plant Agave, Protect Bats
Shovels in hand, dozens of volunteers peeled back layers of bright green undergrowth and drying grasses at Parque La Colorada in Álamos, Sonora. Dripping with sweat on this humid, October afternoon, they carefully planted small agave seedlings one-by-one along the park’s main trail. It’s part of Bat Conservation International's ambition plan to plant 1 million agave in the U.S and Mexico in the next 10 years.
BRN Received #GRANTS4PLANTS Grant for Bilingual Agave Restoration Book
This Spring, Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH) launched its second annual Grants 4 Plants project, offering the herbalism community five $4,000 grants to fund plant-powered projects that build community and better the planet. BRN won a $4K grant to develop, translate, print, and distribute a bilingual booklet about agave restoration for land managers in the U.S. and Mexico.
It will focus on seed collection, curation, propagation, and out-planting agaves into natural and farmed landscapes. It will also provide information about the importance of genetic diversity for the survival of agave populations, which have become threatened as production of agave spirits in Mexico has increased and brought about ecological and cultural complications. These educational tools have the power to plant seeds of environmental stewardship, protecting native plants that see no borders.
BRN Field School part of episode of Arizona Illustrated
Wildlife biologist Debbie Buecher has been studying bats for decades, and she enjoys sharing her expertise about these frequently maligned mammals. There are more than a thousand bat species around the world and Buecher says they are a vital part of our environment. Debbie was a featured speaker at the 2019 Field School.