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Autumn Edition
Welcome to the first edition of the Southwest Seed Partnership's newsletter. We look forward to sharing news, events, plans, and accomplishments with you on a regular basis through this quarterly e-mail. Keep reading to find out what we've been up to the last few months.

Help Restore Native Landscapes

You can contribute to native seed conservation and production by donating to or signing up to volunteer with the Southwest Program of the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE).

Unpacking the 2017 Field Season

The Southwest Seed Partnership, by collaborating with the botany team at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) New Mexico State Office, has once again led the nation in Seeds of Success (SOS) conservation collections in 2017!

Thanks to the tireless efforts from this team, we have made 127 conservation collections to contribute to the Native Seed Extractory in Bend, Oregon. In addition to these SOS collections, we have also made 54 internal collections for the Southwest Seed Partnership. We have collected seeds on both public and private lands, and sincerely thank all of our partners at the BLM, US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Los Alamos Open Space Departments, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico Department of Transportation, Quivira Coalition, New Mexico Land Conservancy, Santa Fe Botanical Gardens and many private landowners.
Our partnership extends to other BLM Field Offices (Taos and Carlsbad), and into Arizona, where we work with the Verde Native Seed Cooperative (VNSC) in Cottonwood, and Borderlands Restoration in Patagonia. Our work with VNSC has allowed for seed collected in 2016 to be germinated and put into production to aid revegetation projects on the Tonto National Forest.
VNSC fielded a productive seed collection crew this past summer that also contributed to the Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program. Our work with Borderlands Restoration has helped increase capacity for native plant production in the Madrean Archipelago of southeastern Arizona. We are excited to continue this model across Arizona and New Mexico and into the future, to prioritize native seed and aid in habitat restoration and rehabilitation efforts.

Our combined collections will help us to initiate seed increase fields, so that we may be able to provide restoration practitioners with locally-adapted, native seed to help restore native landscapes across the southwest. Our collections will also be stored for conservation and preservation to retain the valuable wild genetics from the southwest for future restoration, research, and education. 

Read some of the first-hand accounts from our team below.
In August, Maya Argaman (BLM) and Victoria Atencio (IAE) took a moment to reflect on the wild places in which they work, and that they are working to help restore with our seed collections. Follow the link to read their rhymes!
Field Season in New Mexico
In September, Victoria Atencio shared her perspective on what working on Southwest Seed Partnership projects has meant to her. From working as a team member in 2016 to leading the IAE crew in 2017, Victoria is a most valuable member of our team. Read her story here.
Field Diaries - Victoria
In October, Ella Samuel (BLM) detailed her experience visiting some of our partners who work to produce native seed. Follow the link to read her story perspective on how we will be working to scale up our hand collections into commercially viable native seed.
Field Diaries - Ella

Upcoming Events

November 3 - Volunteer Native Seed Collection with the NM Native Plant Society (Santa Fe, NM)
November 3 - Rio Grand Community Farm's Farmer Training Open House & Celebration (Albuquerque, NM)
November 4 - Full Moon Hike (Cottonwood, AZ)
November 4 - Rio Grande Community Farm's FarmStrong: Fall Festival and 5k/10k/Family Fun Run (Albuquerque, NM)
November 7 - Rio Grande Community Farm's Farm Tour & Community Dinner (Albuquerque, NM)
November 11 - Music & Migration at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (Albuquerque, NM)
November 11 - Festival of the Cranes Trash Pick-up (San Antonio, NM)
November 14 - 30th Annual Festival of the Cranes (San Antonio, NM)
November 15-17 - Quivira Coalition Annual Conference (Albuquerque, NM)
November 19 - Sowing the Seeds of a Resilient Environment, Together (Tucson, AZ)
November 5-26 - Fall Flight Festival (Las Vegas, NM)
December 6-8 - Society for Ecological Restoration: Southwest Chapter Annual Conference (Albuquerque, NM)
February 6-8 - Tamarisk Coalition Annual Meeting (Grand Junction, CO)

News from the World of Seed

In Putman County, Illinois at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, there is a Fall Seed Harvest event. Our partners may not make the journey to the midwest for such an event, but we would love suggestions from landowners who may want to partner to organize a similar event in the southwest in coming years. Let us know!
In July, our seed crew was lucky to attend a pollinator training event taught by Dr. Olivia Carril. In this article from The Taos News, she shares her message of native bee conservation and research. To help plants, we must help bees and other pollinators. Nature is a web of inter-relationships, and we must remember to keep a holistic view to help any one component, seeds included.
We are working to provide the necessary plant materials for groups like the US Forest Service's Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams to respond to recent megafires and to re-vegetate burned areas. A recent study by the US Geological Survey indicates that 65% of the west's water supply comes from fire-prone areas, increasing the likelihood of water quality degradation. Re-vegetation of burned areas could be a key to healthy water.

TransLATINg Plant Names

Bouteloua curtipendula. What does it mean?

Each newsletter, we would like to share with you the legacy of Carolus Linnaeus: binomial nomenclature. While common names are exactly that, more common, we need to know the scientific names to do our work. And often times, really interesting information is hidden in those latin names. For example:

Bouteloua hearkens back to the brothers Claudio Boutelou Agraz and Estéban Boutelou Agraz, who were Spanish agriculturalists and gardeners in the 18th and 19th century. They tended plants that were brought back to Spain by the Royal Botanical Expedition to New Spain. The expedition surveyed the flora and fauna of New Spain between 1787 and 1803. New Spain included much of the American southwest, Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies. That means New Spain included New Mexico before (old) Mexico existed.

curtipendula refers to two latin words: curtus and pendulus. The Latin word curtus means short or broken, similar to the English word "curt" which means abrupt. The latin word pendulus means hanging down; with short, hanging branches or structures, reminding us of the English word "pendulum", which also hangs down, swinging back and forth, like the seeds on a Bouteloua curtipendula hang and swing from the stem of this common southwestern bunchgrass.

See? Latin isn't that bad.

[Allred, K. Flora Neomexicana II: Glossarium Nominum. Las Cruces, NM: New Mexico State University, 2012. Print.]
Bouteloua curtipendula, commonly known as "sideoats grama" - photo courtesy of Patrick Alexander (BLM)

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Header photo displays Ratibida columnifera, commonly known as"Upright Prairie Coneflower" or "Mexican Hat."
Photo courtesy of Victoria Atencio (IAE).
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