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Josie Gutierrez: USFS South Advisory Council Member leaves her Mark Beyond Hiking Trails

San Antonio, Texas is home to an array of nature attractions. Latinos account for more than half of the city’s population, yet not many of them have experienced camping, kayaking, hiking, and other outdoor recreational activities, but Josie Gutierrez is changing that.


FRONT PAGE LIVE: The Climate Crisis is a Public Health Crisis, Especially for Communities of Color and the Poor

On May 18th, as part of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) annual issues summit, organizers held a panel discussion called “A Better Environment for Better Health.” The panel, moderated by Felipe Benitez, Executive Director, Corazón Latino, focused on addressing climate change in communities most affected by the vagaries of pollution.


DIARIO DE AVISOS: El oeste de EE.UU. arde a un ritmo vertiginoso

Los incendios forestales en Estados Unidos inauguraron la temporada quemando de forma frenética hectáreas tanto rurales como urbanas en una escena infernal. Desde California hasta Nuevo México, las llamas no perdonan nada a su paso. El viento ha azuzado el avance de los incendios que han arrasado con vegetación seca facilitando la propagación del fuego.


Roberto Salazar: The Value of Networking and Working for a Cause

Roberto Salazar grew up in Las Vegas, New Mexico, a small town that is predominantly populated by Latinos, and home to New Mexico Highlands University, where Salazar received his Bachelor of Arts in Management and Finance.


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CCC Fellow

Bosque del Apache NWR (bosque) continues to amaze me as I move forward with the amazing opportunity I have been presented with. Cold winter weather is in the past and the always expected New Mexico heat has arrived, with it comes a diverse collection of flora and fauna special to bosque and New Mexico. As bosque transitions from thousands of wintering waterfowl and Sandhill cranes to thousands of shorebirds and neotropical migrants, I am astonished by the species diversity bosque houses. Bosque has the second most documented bird species of any wildlife refuge in the United States with an astounding 408 bird species!


Using Lidar and Deep Learning to FInd Abandoned Wells

Hello everyone! I’ve been working for the US Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) service for about three months now. I’ve been working more on the technological side of the agency instead of working in the field, I have been using remote sensing data and GIS software to assist refuge managers in managing the land.


A Visit to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Hi, I’m Annika Benedetti. My first few months in Albuquerque have really flown by. I am pretty much settled into the rhythm of working at the USFWS and my project workload. I have nearly finished creating and running my deep learning models and detecting abandoned wells in Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. I am currently working in Texas’s Trinity River, Anahuac, Texas Point, and McFaddin Refuges and starting on an all encompassing web to display my project results to share with refuge managers. The FWS Office is still pretty quiet in terms of people physically being in the building, but that might change soon as people become more comfortable in working in person. I am interested in connecting with more FWS professionals and learning more about different job opportunities in the FWS and the work they are doing to conserve and improve our natural resources. On the off work side of things I have been exploring more around Albuquerque, visiting historic Central Avenue along Route 66, and walking along the Rio Grande. 


Getting to Grad School

Becoming an art conservator in the United States can take years of preparation, depending on where you’re starting from. Being a multidisciplinary field, coursework in art history, chemistry, and studio art is required to enter into a graduate program, of which there are only a handful in the States, each only accepting less than a dozen students each year.


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