May 2019

Nature

Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

FloraFest 2019 — The 25th annual native plant sale and fundraiser, the largest of its kind in the region, is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, at the UTEP Centennial Museum, Wiggins and University. Shoppers can purchase native plants, and visit with local Master Gardeners and other plant experts for advice on how to care for their plants at home. Most of the plants sold at this event are not available at other local nurseries. Admission is free. Information: 747-8994. Plant list available at utep.edu/centennial-museum.
  The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens displays about 700 different plant species and horticultural varieties of the region. Proceeds from the sale benefit the maintenance and operation of the gardens.

Bioblitz — The community exploration and recording of the area’s biodiversity is 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Dripping Springs Natural area in Las Cruces. All ages welcome to take part bird banding, a bird hike, and looking at butterflies, bats, reptile and amphibians, and plants, and taking part in a poetry reading. A $5 vehicle permit required per vehicle. Information:
(575) 525-4300 or on Facebook.
  Bring binoculars or camera with decent macro and zoom capabilities.
  Participants can undertake the “Path of the Jedi” by downloading the iNaturalist app. Those who record the most observations will become Jedi Masters and win a prize. Star Wars costume optional.

Birdathon — The El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society sponsors its annual weekend of birding and fundraising Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5. The event benefits chapter operations, Rio Bosque Wetlands park, Audubon Texas and El Paso area Wildlife Rehabilitators. Volunteers raise money by collecting pledges for each species spotted during the two days. Information: trans-pecos-audubon.com.
  Counters will try to find as many bird species as possible, in a 24-hour blitz. Each counter will be backed by sponsors who pledge either a given amount for each species seen or a fixed total amount. Most counters will identify 50 to 100 species.

Castner Range Celebration — The Castner Heights Neighborhood Association, Frontera Land Alliance and national Conservation Lands Foundation host the celebration of Castner Range at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the KaBoom Party Hall, 601 Hondo Pass, with dinner, music and dancing, with brief talks by local dignitaries and Castner Range supporters. Information: 351-8352 of Janae@Fronteralandalliance.org.
  Castner Range occupies 11 square miles (7,081 acres) on the eastern slopes of the Franklin Mountains right here in El Paso. The event is a “thank you” to members and supporters who helped in the Castner campaign.

El Paso Zoo — 4001 E. Paisano. Entrance hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $12 for ages 13 to 59; $9 for ages 60 and older and active duty military (including spouse) with ID; $7.50 ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under. Zoo members admitted free. Information: 212-0966, elpasozoo.org, or on Facebook at ElPasoZoo.
  “Game of Thrones” screenings are 7 p.m. Sundays, through May 15 (age 18 and older only). Tickets: $45 for all six episodes (through March 3); $10 admission per episode.
  The ‘May the Fourth Be With Zoo” Star Wars Day event is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 4.
  The “Wings of the World” Bird Show is 12:30 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. weekends at the new Wildlife Amphitheater.
  “Meet the Keeper” talks are 10:30 to 3:15 p.m. at various locations throughout the zoo. Keepers will on hand to meet with guests, discuss their experiences and talk about the animals.
  “African Star” Train ride tickets are $2 plus tax ($1.50 for children and society members).
  Asian Elephant Training Encounters scheduled at noon daily.

DinoTracks Tour — Insights Science Center host its monthly DinoTracks tour 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 5 and Sunday, June 2, at Mt. Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, open to the general public. The tour covers topics such as “Dinosaur & Crocodilian Trace-fossils,” “Volcanism,” “Plate Tectonics,” “Sedimentation & Metamorphic Processes” and more. Wear sun protection, comfortable closed toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Cost: $15 per person (age 5 and younger free); available at eventbrite. Information: 534-0000 or insightselpaso.org.
  The 3-mile hiking tour promotes learning in the STEAM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Moderate hike.

Wyler Tramway Hikes — 1700 McKinley (west of Alabama). Hikes are free. Information: 562-9899. Call for details.
• A Women’s Hike is 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 5.
• The Last Sunday hikes is 7:30 a.m. Sunday May 26.
  Both May hikes are up Directisimo trail .

Back by Noon Outing — Southwest Environmental Center of Las Cruces offers a field trip on “Frogs of the Chihuahuan Desert” at Aguirre Springs, departing at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 11, from the center at 275 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. The off-trail hike foes to a little-known perennial spring in the Organ Mountains, to learn about efforts to conserve the Balcones Barking Frog and the endangered Chiricahua Leopard Frog. Open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration required; registration opens three weeks before. Reservations: (575) 522-5552. Information: wildmesquite.org or on Facebook.

Brantley Lake Anniversary — Brantley Lake State Park, 12 miles north of Carlsbad via U.S. 285, will celebrate it 30th Anniversary Saturday, May 18. Events include a kayak challenge, food trucks, live music and guest speakers. Event admission is $5 per vehicle for day use. Information: Leila Haver, (575) 457-2384 or Allison Leimer, (575) 887-5516.

El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society — The society’s general meeting is 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at UTEP’s Centennial Museum, 500 W. University. Scott Cutler will discuss his visit to Colombia in 2018 and show photos of the species of birds, other animals, and landscapes he encountered on his trip. Information: Scott, 581-6071, trans-pecos-audubon.com or on Facebook at El Paso Audubon Group.
  The 2019 Birdathon is May 4-5. Counters try to find as many bird species as possible in a single 24-hour blitz.
  Nonmembers and beginners are welcome to the society’s field trips. Information: Mark Perkins, 637-3521 or trans-pecos-audubon.com.
  A birding trip to the Chiricahua
Mountains of Arizona is May 18-20. The headquarters will be Cave
Creek Ranch. Lodging information: portallodge.com or cavecreekranch.com.

The Great Southwest Star Party — The weekend celebration of the area’s night skies is May 31-June 2 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, with sky viewing parties, museum and area tours, workshops, food vendors and on-site RV and tent camping. Registration required: $130 RV sites; $45-$65 car sites. Individual workshops and tours are $20-$35. Registration at nmspacemuseum.org. Information: (575) 437-2840, 1-877-333-6589, or on Facebook.
  A barbecue dinner is Friday, May 31, with a special guest speaker followed by the first night of observing. Cowboy breakfasts are offered Saturday and Sunday morning
  Other daytime events include swap meet style vendor displays, optional field trips and local tours, solar observing, various presentations and astronomy workshops. The lower parking lot on the museum grounds will be designated for RV and tent camping, with an estimated capacity of 18 RVs and more than 40 tent sites. Food vendors will be on-site all three days.
  Sunday evening events are open to the general public, with participating astronomers allowing the public to view the skies through their telescopes.

Municipal Rose Garden — The garden at 3418 Aurora (at Copia) is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily March through November, except for official holidays. The 4-acre garden has many types of roses at the sprawling park area with a waterfall, shade canopy and many other amenities. Admission is free. Information/rentals: El Paso Parks and Recreation, 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.

Rio Bosque Wetlands Park — UTEP’s Center for Environmental Resource Management offers free guided walking tours and other activities at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, 10176 Socorro Rd. in El Paso’s Mission Valley. Tours last about two hours. Information: 747-8663 or riobosque.org.
  • Birding tour is 7 a.m. Saturday, May 11.
• A Community workday is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18.
• Introductory tour is 8 a.m. Sunday, May 19.
• Bird Survey is 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 28. Meet at the visitor center

Franklin Mountains State Park — Most hiking and mountain bike trails begin in the Tom Mays area, off Transmountain Drive on the west side of the park (east of I-10).
  Entry fee is $5 per person, free for age 12 and under (with family). Correct cash or check only. Group rates available. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information: 566-6441 or on Facebook at FranklinMountainsSP. Web: tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/franklin-mountains.
  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department presents “Bees, Bats and other pollinators” 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 31. Learn to build a butterfly feed or a bee hotel. Free with park admission.
  Guided hikes and bike rides are $8 per person ($3 State Park Pass holder; $1 children 12 and under); price includes entry. Dogs welcome on leash on some hikes. Reservations required: 566-6441 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday).
  The 24,000-acre park extends north from the heart of El Paso to the New Mexico state line. The highest point is North Mt. Franklin, 7,192 feet above sea level.

Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Desert Botanical Garden — 4200 Doniphan (across from Frontera). Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Tuesdays. Admission: $2 (free for members); $1 children. Information: 584-0563, keystoneheritagepark.com.

Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site — Ranch Road 2775 off U.S. 62/180 (Montana Ave.). The site is famed for many Native American rock paintings and unique geology. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission: $7 (free for children 12 and younger). Admission including tours or hikes is $9 (13 and over); $2 (ages 5-12). Information: 857-1135, ext. 0, or texasstateparks.gov.
  Bring water, hiking shoes and sunscreen for all daytime hiking events and tour. Special events (space is limited; reservations required). Fee: $9 ($2 5 to 12), unless otherwise listed:
• Hueco with Mom hike is 9 a.m. Sunday, May 5. Moderate hike.
• Rare Pant Tour is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11. Easy hike.
• Woman’s Hike is 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11, for all levels.
• Critters of the Night even is 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, to learn about nocturnal creatures. Reservations required; gates close promptly at 6:30 p.m.
• Family Caving Hikes are 8 a.m. Saturday, May 25; age 7 and older admitted.
  Birding Tour date to be determined; call for details).
  Junior Ranger event is 10 a.m. Sunday, May 26, to learn about Buffalo Soldiers. Reservations requested.
  Reservations are recommended for the self-guided area and for camping: (512) 389-8911.
  North Mountain is available for self-guided day use, for up to 70 people at a time; reservations recommended. There is an annual orientation program for visitors. Guided access is offered to the rest of the site. Picnicking allowed at ten tables closest to headquarters. Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted. Bicycles permitted only on designated paved areas. Pets allowed only in camping or picnic areas. Call for reservations and other information: 857-1135.
  There are campground sites with water and electric hookups, as well as water-only tent sites.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park — The park is about 160 miles east of El Paso, off the Carlsbad Highway (U.S. 62-180). Information: (575) 785-2232 or nps.gov/cave.
  Visitor Center summer hours (May 25-Sept. 2) are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; tours available 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Last entry into cave via natural entrance is 3:30 p.m. with last entry into cave via elevator 4:45 p.m. (be in line to exit cave by 5 p.m.).
  Plan 3-1/2 hours for a walk-in tour and 1-1/2 hours for Big Room tour of the Caverns. Cost is $10 (free or ages 15 and younger). The park’s audio self-guided tour is $3 extra (also available in Spanish).
  Other guided tours are available; call or check website for details.
  “Bat season” programs begin May 25 and generally lasts through mid-October. Daily bat flight talks offered just before sunset at the amphitheater outside the natural entrance. Admission is free. Then — bats willing — visitors are treated to the sunset spectacle of clouds of bats flying out of the cave entrance.
  Night Sky programs begin after the bat flight programs. Hike is 1/2 mile for star walks and 1.5 miles for moon hikes on a rugged desert trail. Dress comfortably (long pants recommended); no open-toed shoes. Bring water, snack, blanket or towel to lie on and red light flashlight. Rangers can provide red light headlamps. Upcoming Star Walks (age 6 and older) are May 31 and June 2, and Moon Hikes are June 14-15. Participation is free, but space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Check availability at the park sign next to the Visitor Center. Star Parties are June 1 and 29 in the east parking lot picnic area.

White Sands National Monument — The glistening gypsum dunes of White Sands National Monument are about 16 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. through May 25; and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 26-Sept. 14. Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through May 26; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 27-Sept. 14. Last entrance is one hour before closing. Entrance fees are $20 per vehicle; $10 per person and $15 per motorcycles. Information: (575) 479-6124, nps.gov/whsa or on Facebook.
  Sunset strolls are offered daily.
  “Skins and Skulls” mammal identification talks are 3 p.m. Sundays.
  A Full Moon Hike is 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 17.
  The first Full Moon Night of the Season is 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Program to be announced.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park — 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749 feet. Entry fee: $5 for ages 16 and older, good for one week and all trails. Pine Springs Visitor Center hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Camping is $8 per site per night. Information: (915) 828-3251 or nps.gov.
  The Salt Basin Dunes Day Use Area is now open daily 8 a.m. to 30 minutes after sunset. Located at the east end of Williams Road, east of Dell City.
  Camping for tents and RVs, a nature trail, and ruins of the Butterfield Overland Mail Station are near the Pine Springs center. McKittrick Canyon Visitor’s Center is seven miles east of Pine Springs, and offers nature, canyon and geology trails.
  On the north side of the park, accessible by a 110-mile drive around Carlsbad Caverns, is Dog Canyon Visitor Center and Campground.
  One of the best examples of a Permian Period fossil reef, the national park offers camping and more than 80 miles of trails. Hikes range from easy, wheelchair-accessible nature trails to moderate (level, but rocky) canyon hikes to strenuous mountain hikes.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park — 1504 Miehls Drive N., Carlsbad, N.M. Admission: $5 ($3 ages 7-12; free for 6 and under). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (last entry at 3:30 p.m.). Information: (575) 887-5516 or livingdesertnm.org.
  The zoo features animals native to the Chihuahuan Desert, in natural desert surroundings. A large greenhouse is devoted to succulents and cactus from around the world. The headquarters building includes exhibits on minerals, history, archaeology and other subjects.
  The Unique Arts & Craft show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5.
  National Association of State Boating Law Administrators hosts monthly Saturday boating classes 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September (May 11, June 22, July 20, Aug. 3, and Sept. 21) in the zoo’s garden center. Registration. boatnm.com.
  Endangered Species Day events are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, to learn about the Chihuahuan Desert endangered species exhibited at Living Desert.
  The first Full Moon Walk of the season is Saturday, May 18.
  The 2019 Zoo Camp, “Birds of the Chihuahuan Desert,” for ages 7-12 is 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 8-12 and July 15-19, with songs, crafts, zoo exploration, activities, guest speakers and more. Registration begins June 1: $45 ($35 zoo members).

New Mexico State Parks — Day-use fee is $5 when visiting any state park. All programs are free with park entrance, unless otherwise listed. Dress accordingly for all outdoor hikes and events. Information: (575) 744-5998 or nmparks.com.
Leasburg Dam — Radium Springs, two miles off I-25 at Exit 19. Day use hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: (575) 524–4068.
  National Trails Day events are 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 1, with a Trails Day Hike beginning at 8 a.m. at the Visitor Center.
  • Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. 5000 Calle del Norte in Mesilla. Information: (575) 523-4398.
  Audubon Bird Walks are 7:15 a.m. Saturdays, led by park volunteers. Ranger-led Nature Hikes are 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Fitness in Nature walks with the Second Chance Walker Program are 8:30 a.m. every Saturday beginning at the Visitor Center.
• Oliver Lee State Park, Highway 54 south of Alamogordo at the Dog Canyon turnoff. Information: (575) 437-8284.
  Star Party to observe Ursa Major (Big Bear) 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and night sky viewing 8 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8.
• Percha Dam State Park and Caballo Lake State Park, 60 miles north of Las Cruces on Interstate 25. Information: (575) 743-3942 (Percha Dam) or (575) 527-8386 (Caballo Lake).
  Migratory Bird Day Tour is 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11.
  National Safe Boating Weeks events s are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 18-20.
• Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Information: (575) 744-5923.
  The annual Kayak Fishing Tournament is Friday through Sunday, May 17-19. Cost: $65 per entrant.
• Bottomless Lakes State Park — 13 miles east of Roswell, N.M. via US 380. Information: (575) 624-6058.
• Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, N.M., State Roads 11 and 9. Day use hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Information: (575) 531-2711.
• City of Rocks State Park, off Hwy 61 in Faywood, N.M., about 130 miles west of El Paso. Information: (575) 536-2800.
• Rockhound State Park, five miles south of Deming on State Road 11 and then east on Rockhound Road (State Road 141) for nine miles. Day use hours: 7:30 a.m. to sunset. Information: (575) 546-6182 or (575) 744-5998.
• Brantley Lake State Park, 12 miles north of Carlsbad via U.S. 285. Information: (575) 887-5516.
  The Park’s 30th Anniversary celebration is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, with walks along the dam 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., vendors, food trucks, and educational programs. Live music on the East Day Use Area 5 to 7 p.m.
  Camping fees at state parks are $8 for primitive site; $10 for developed site (electrical hookup $4 extra).

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument — 44 miles north of Silver City on NM Highway 15 in the middle of the majestic Gila Wilderness, the first and one of the largest wilderness areas. Entrance fee: $10 (annual park pass is $45). Information: (575) 536-9461 or nps.gov/gicl.
  The trail to the cliff dwellings is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. year round. Everyone must be off the trail by 5 p.m. Visitor center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  Interpretive Park Ranger-led 45-minute guided tours of the cliff dwellings are 1 p.m. Friday through Sunday, at the dwellings; allow enough time to hike from the trail head to the cliff dwellings for the tour.
  Advance reservations required for special programs (space is limited to 30 participants). Call for times.

Alameda Park Zoo — Alameda Park, 1321 North White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70), Alamogordo. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $2.50 ($1.50 ages 3-11 and 60 and older; free for ages 2 and younger). Information: (575) 439-4290, or on Facebook at Alameda Park Zoo-AFOTZ
  The oldest zoo in the Southwest (established in 1898) is part of the park that lines Alamogordo’s main highway. The zoo covers about 12 acres, with about 250 exotic and indigenous animals.
  Reptile presentations hosted by the nonprofit group The Island of Misfit Morphs are 1 to 3 p.m. the first Sunday of each month in the Education Center.

Hondo Valley Iris Festival — Hondo Iris Farm and Gallery, off Hwy. 20 between Ruidoso and Roswell, N.M., with 500 varieties of Iris in full bloom, hosts its annual sale through May. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: (575) 653-4062 or hondoirisfarm.com.

Aguirre Spring Campground — The Organ Mountain recreational area, run by the federal Bureau of Land Management, is off U.S. 70 about 15 miles east of Las Cruces. Fifty-five family camping and picnic sites, plus two group areas. Day-use fee is $5 per vehicle; camping fee is $7. Information, group reservations: (575) 525-4300.
  The Baylor Pass (hiking and horseback riding) and Pine Tree (hiking) trails begin at the campground.

Dripping Springs Natural Area — The recreational area, part of the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument, is at the base of the Organ Mountains at the end of Dripping Springs Road (the eastern extension of University Avenue), about 10 miles east of Las Cruces. Gates open 7 a.m. to sunset April through October and 8 a.m. to sunset November through March. Admission: $5 per vehicle. Leashed pets allowed on some trails. Information: (575) 522-1219.

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park — ?56501 N Jornada Rd, Las Cruces. The park, part of Asombro Institute for Science Education, is northeast of Las Cruces. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: (575) 524-3334 or asombro.org.
  To get there: Take I-25 in Las Cruces and head east on U.S. 70. Take the Mesa Grande Road exit (at Oñate High School). Make a U-turn under the highway to head west, and stay in the right lane. Turn right (north) on Jornada Road. Follow Jornada Road for 6.4 miles and turn left at the park sign. Follow the entrance road to the parking area and trailhead.
  Asombro Institute for Science Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing scientific literacy by fostering an understanding of the Chihuahuan Desert.

Sitting Bull Falls — The scenic area in the Lincoln National Forest is seven miles southwest of NM 137 on Forest Route 276. The 130-foot falls is one of the highest in New Mexico. Features a picnic area and wheelchair-accessible trails. Entry fee: $5 per car (day use only). Information: (575) 885-4181.

Area hiking websites — A variety of organizations in the El Paso/Las Cruces area offers hiking opportunities. Hikes typically are rated as easy, moderate, or strenuous. Solo or new hikers are welcome.
• Meetup.com offers a variety of groups for all activities, including the El Paso hiking meetup club (meetup.com/El-Paso-Hiking) and the Las Cruces hiking meetup club (meetup.com/jornada-hikers)
• Celebrations of Our Mountains now offers an ongoing calendar of hiking and related events at celebrationofourmountains.org/
• Elpasonaturally is a blog by Jim Tolbert on various environmental topics and includes information about Sunrise Hikers morning events. Information: elpasonaturally.blogspot.com or diegotolbert@gmail.com.
• The El Paso chapter of the Sierra Club posts its hikes at sierraclub.org/elpaso.

Chihuahuan Desert Resource Institute — The CDRI center and botanical gardens are four miles south of Fort Davis on Hwy 118. Admission: $5 ($4 seniors 65 and older; free children 12 and younger, members). Information: (432) 364-2499 or cdri.org.

Davis Mountains Preserve — The Nature Conservancy preserve is open to the public on designated days, with no admission fee. No pets allowed. All visitors must sign in at McIvor Conservation Center near the preserve’s entrance. Reservations not required for day use, but strongly encouraged for overnight stays: (432) 426-2390, ext. 1 or dsouth@tnc.org.
  To get there: Take Hwy 118 from Fort Davis to the Lawrence E. Wood picnic area. The preserve gate is about one-quarter mile north of picnic area on left (look for sign).

Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Rescue — The nonprofit organization that serves West Texas and Southern New Mexico offers resources for those who find a wild bird or mammal in need of help. Information: 772-6011, (575) 882-2910 or cdwr.org.
  Uninjured baby birds may be returned to their nest; the mother will not reject them if humans have touched them. If the nest cannot be found, create one with a basket or container with good drainage that can be attached to the tree so the parent bird may find it. If the bird is injured, contact the rescue immediately.

Community Tool Sheds — Keep El Paso Beautiful, in partnership with Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Home Depot and El Paso Fire Department, offers community tool sheds available at area fire stations. The sheds are stocked with push brooms, shovels, rakes, a gas weed eater, gloves and trash bags for use for cleanup or beautification projects. The items may be borrowed for no charge to the public for community cleanup projects. Information: 546-6742.
  Tool sheds are at 5315 Threadgill, 3801 Fort Blvd., 6500 N. Mesa, 7901 San Jose, 11977 Pellicano, 1801 Montana, 6300 Delta and 10834 Ivanhoe.


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