A Survey of Chihuahuan Desert Habitats

by Dr. Gertrud Konings

Garden Center – Memorial Park, 3105 Grant Ave, El Paso, Texas

  Tuesday, April 5, 6:00 pm

$5 per person with a raffle for a free membership

  The Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition invites the community to a special illustrated program by EPCC Biology professor Dr. Gertrud Konings at the Garden Center in Memorial Park on Tuesday evening, April 5th at 6:00pm.   Proceeds from the event ($5 per person) will go towards a handicap accessible nature walk in the Tom May’s Unit of the Franklin Mountain State Park.

  Dr. Koning’s PowerPoint presentation with provide an interesting overview of the different habitats of the Chihuahuan Desert in the Desert Southwest.   The City of El Paso is located within the Chihuahuan Desert, one of the most biologically diverse deserts in the world.

  Protecting desert habitats is important to combating climate change as desert plants help to capture CO2 gases from the atmosphere in a harsh environment where few plants can survive.   Calling attention to this threat to our civilization Academy Awards Best Actor Leonardo DeCaprio said during his acceptance speech last month “Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”

  For more information contact Dr. Gertrud Konings at (915) 845-1476; please leave a message.   

  The Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition serves as a resource on information about the Chihuahuan Desert, encouraging lifelong learning about the Chihuahuan Desert and collaborating efforts among public educators, the public and CDEC.   For more information – chihuahuandesert.org.