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BernCo Open Space Offers Spring Classes

03/31/2021
3:03 PM

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County Open Space is excited to present six special events in April and May for residents interested in gardening, sustainable landscaping, painting and more.

All the events are virtual and free. Registration is necessary to obtain the Zoom login details. To register, email Marnie at bospace@bernco.gov. or go online to http://www.bernco.gov/community-services/event-registration.aspx.

Here is a schedule of these spring events:

Nesting and Courtship of Raptors and Corvids (birds of the crow family).
Saturday, April 3 at 9 a.m. – registration closes April 2.
Learn about the nesting and courtship behaviors of some very special bird species. Educator Maggie Stein and Amelia Thompson will feature four non-releasable Avian Ambassadors live on the Zoom event as they explain the mission of Hawks Aloft and share ways we can all be good humans during nesting season. They will also share some of the recent highlights of their Raptor Rescue efforts. Don’t miss this workshop – how often can you say you had a Zoom call with American kestrals, American crows, and a great horned owl?

Mixed-media Landscape Painting
Saturday, April 10 from 9-11 a.m. – registration closes April 8.
Outdoor educator and artist Matt Baker-White will lead this in-person workshop sharing a variety of ways you can capture the landscape using pencil, pen, oil pastels and watercolors. Class size is limited to adhere to COVID-safe practices and public health order guidelines. Class will be held outdoors with social distancing. Details about the location and materials to bring will be emailed ahead of the event, upon registration.

Wholeness Wonder Walk
Saturday, April 17 from 9-11 a.m. Registration closes on April 14 or until class is filled.
Certified mindfulness teacher and master naturalist volunteer, Marnie Rehn, will guide participants on a mindfulness exploration through Bachechi Open Space. Explore with your senses, igniting your sense of wonder as you experience yourself as a part of the natural environment. Class size is limited to adhere to COVID-safe practices and public health order guidelines. Upon registration, specific details will be provided about the meeting location, how to prepare, where to park, and more.    

iNaturalist Tutorial: Albuquerque City Nature Challenge
Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 9-11 a.m. – registration closes April 23.
Albuquerque’s City Nature Challenge Coordinators Laurel Ladwig and Selena Connealy will teach how to use this app to help identify local flora and fauna. Learn more about the City Nature Challenge event taking place at this time and how you can participate.

Growing a Backyard Refuge: How to Get Started
Saturday, May 15 from 9-10:30 a.m. – registration closes May 14.
In this workshop, we will use the ABQ Backyard Refuge Program (ABQBRP) workbook and learn a myriad of ways the Bachechi Open Space might better support local plants and wildlife. Meet with the ABQ BRP team who will feature Bachechi Open Space as an example to demonstrate the first steps in creating a certified habitat and in turn, to be able to create and certify your own garden as a backyard refuge.

SKYWARD Spotter Training
Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 9-11 a.m. – registration closes May 21.
Are you fascinated by the weather? Learn how to stay safe and be prepared. Join a National Weather Service of Albuquerque meteorologist who will teach the basics of severe local storms. This incredible two-hour workshop includes training about thunderstorms, flash floods, downburst winds, tornadoes, and more. This event is part of the volunteer SKYWARN weather spotters and volunteer training or the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS).  

For additional information, visit www.bernco.gov/openspace or call 505-314-0400.

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 676,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $650 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff, and treasurer.

 

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