"The Solution is Never that Simple: Spread of the Introduced Salt Cedar Leaf Beetle in New Mexico and Impacts to the Endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher.”

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"The Solution is Never that Simple: Spread of the Introduced Salt Cedar Leaf Beetle in New Mexico and Impacts to the Endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher.”

Time: September 4, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: New Mexico Museum of Natural History
Street: 1801 Mountain Road NW
City/Town: Albuquerque, NM
Website or Map: http://www.npsnm.org
Event Type: community, meeting/free, informational, talk
Organized By: Melissa Ewer/Native Plant Society of NM
Latest Activity: Aug 18, 2013

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The public is invited to a program focused on the impact of the salt cedar leaf beetle on the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, presented by Debra Hill, biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Debra will give us her perspective on this hot topic that our chapter has discussed in detail. For many, the fight against non-native salt cedar has become a life’s work, even a passion. Mechanical removal and herbicide treatments are costly and are not always effective. The introduction of the salt cedar leaf beetle seemed like a miracle cure, but its implications were not fully considered. She will discuss salt cedar in New Mexico, the spread of the leaf beetle, implications for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, and a holistic approach to riparian habitat restoration.

Debra Hill received her BS in zoology from Western New Mexico University and her MS in biology from New Mexico State University, where she researched population dynamics of the Sacramento Mountain Salamander. In 2003, Debra entered the USFWS SCEP (Student Career Experience Program) in the Division of Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration. As a SCEP student, she worked with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Conservation Division and was able to participate in research projects throughout the state. In 2005, Debra began work full-time as a grant specialist managing the Section 6 (Endangered Species) grant program, reviewing and ranking research proposals from the states, then tracking the progress of projects and reviewing performance reports. In May 2007, Debra became the lead for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and several other species at the USFWS New Mexico Ecological Services field office. She has since worked with agencies, tribes, private landowners, conservation organizations, and industry to minimize impacts of projects, and to develop conservation strategies for recovery of these species.

A short chapter meeting precedes the talk. Native plant books will be on display and available for purchase. This free public program is sponsored by the Albuquerque Chapter, Native Plant Society of New Mexico.

(photo credit for attached image: www.nps.gov)

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