Community Science

Various groups in the area have joined together to share their interests and compile data about local nature. If you are interested in learning more about the area and getting together with others with like interests, then follow the links below, or contact PEEC for more information.

Interest Groups

PEEC Interest Groups are Google Groups for anyone interested in birds, butterflies, wild plants, and other topics. Some of the groups compile sightings and record dates of occurrence for animals and plants.

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Birding is one of PEEC’s most popular activities! Local birders participate in eBird, Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Global Big Day, and more. PEEC also hosts bird walks around the Pajarito Plateau one Saturday per month. These outings are led by local birders and are designed for both totally new birders and those who have some birding expertise.

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Butterflies of New Mexico

Butterflies of New Mexico is an online guidebook by Steve Cary. It contains photos and descriptions of all butterflies occurring in the state of New Mexico.

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Jemez Mountain Herbarium

The Jemez Mountain Herbarium holds a repository of over 3000 mounted plant specimens and has a database accessible through SEINet. The project is housed at the Los Alamos Nature Center and is led by Chick Keller and Craig Martin. 

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Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count

The annual Dorothy Hoard memorial butterfly count takes place each summer, usually in July or August, at several sites around the Pajarito Plateau. Begun in 1993 and led annually for over twenty years by Dorothy Hoard, the project is now under the leadership of Steve Cary and Roy Michelotti. The reports on these counts are archived both by PEEC and Bandelier National Monument.

The event is announced each year by PEEC, so if you are interested in joining in on this project, watch for it on PEEC’s event page.

Community Wildlife Habitat Project

The goal of the CWH project is to certify Los Alamos as a Community Wildlife Habitat, and also to raise awareness of sustainable gardening practices and appreciation of local flora and fauna. The project is is led by Selvi Viswanathan, Michele Altherr, Hedy Dunn, Hari Viswanathan and Bob Walker. 

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