Albuquerque Wildlife Federation (AWF): Monthly Meeting

Thursday, September 14, 2017 7:30 PM
Albuquerque Friends Meeting House - 1600 5th Street NW

Our monthly meetings feature programs with guest speakers on a variety of topics. Meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the second Thursday of most months, at the Friends Meeting House, 1600 5th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Refreshments are served, and visitors are always welcome to attend.

This month's topic is Restoring New Mexico’s Riparian Habitats with speaker Malia Volke.

Malia will talk with us about her work improving riparian wildlife habitat in New Mexico, particularly in very heavily managed environments (such as reservoir deltas, like the one at Elephant Butte Lake) or in the aftermath of projects to remove non-native riparian trees (tamarisk, Siberian elm, Russian olive) that are used by wildlife species. Malia will also share information about three riparian/wetland enhancement projects she is currently working on: one in Mills Canyon along the Canadian River, one in the Jemez/Nacimiento Mountains near Cuba, NM, and one along the Mimbres River in southwestern New Mexico.

Malia Volke is the Aquatic and Riparian Habitat Specialist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. She provides technical guidance concerning the management, enhancement, research, restoration, and conservation of aquatic/riparian/wetland resources throughout the state. Malia routinely consults with other state and federal agencies, local governments, communities, private organizations, and non-governmental organizations regarding these aquatic resources. Malia received a Ph.D. in Ecology from South Dakota State University and a B.S. in Ecology from the University of Idaho. Her doctoral research focused on cottonwood forest dynamics on reservoir deltas along the Missouri River.

Malia recently produced a new handbook for Habitat Restoration and Management of Native and Non-native Trees in Southwestern Riparian Ecosystems. This Handbook addresses wildlife use of non-native riparian habitats, including tamarisk, Russian olive, and Siberian elm. It also provides recommendations for restoration of riparian habitats following chemical, mechanical, and/or biological control of non-native trees. This handbook is available here along with other guidelines for minimizing impacts of specific land use practices on wildlife and wildlife habitats.