Malpai Borderlands Group 2021 SCIENCE CONFERENCE




Malpai Borderlands Group Annual Science Conference 2021


Friday, April 16-

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Friday April 16, 2021 Agenda

9:45-10:00 Introductions & Overview of MBG Science Projects

Richard Winkler                                Executive Director, Malpai Borderlands Group

Myles Traphagen                             Science Coordinator, Malpai Borderlands Group


10:00-10:30  Brandon Bestelmeyer          USDA/ARS Jornada Experimental Range, New Mexico State University (NMSU)                                           “Landscape change over 25 years in the Malpai Borderlands: are sustainability goals being met?”


10:30-11:00  Emily Burns                           Sky Island Alliance, Tucson, AZ

“Wildlife Species Richness across the San Rafael Valley”


11:00-11:30  Miguel Villareal                    US Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA

“A Recent Sky Island Fire History."


11:30-12:00 Mirna Manteca                       Wildlands Network, Cananea, Sonora, Mexico

“Road Ecology and conservation in Sonora, Mexico”


Friday, April 23-

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Friday April 23, 2021 Agenda

9:45-10:00  Introductions & Overview of MBG Science Projects

Myles Traphagen                             Science Coordinator, Malpai Borderlands Group

Richard Winkler                                Executive Director, Malpai Borderlands Group


10:00-10:30  Shelemia Nyamuryekung’e USDA Jornada Experimental Range, (NMSU)

“Precision Ranching”


10:30-11:00 Matthew McIntosh                 USDA Jornada Experimental Range, NMSU     

“Sustainable Grazing Management in the Chihuahuan Desert: Traditional and Novel   Approaches to Adapt to a Changing Climate”


11:00-11:30  Dan Taylor                             Bat Conservation International

“Restoring Agave for Migratory Nectivorous Bats in Arizona and New Mexico”


11:30- 12:00  Janet Fox                             Tucson, AZ

“Orchids in the Borderlands: Rare and cryptic plant species of the MBG Region”


12:00-12:30  Saunders Drukker                Texas State University

“Understanding the Acute Effects of Wildfires on Montane Rattlesnake (Crotalus sp.)    Natural History in the American Southwest, an Ongoing Project Overview

                      Our goal is to restore and maintain the natural processes that create and protect a 
unfragmented landscape to support a diverse, flourishing community of
plant and animal life in our borderlands region.
                      Together, we will accomplish this by working to encourage profitable ranching 
and other traditional livelihoods, which will sustain the open space nature of
our land for generations to come.





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Malpai Borderlands Group Brochure


We are a grassroots, landowner-driven nonprofit organization attempting to implement ecosystem management on nearly one million acres of virtually unfragmented open-space landscape in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.

The Malpai Borderlands area includes the San Bernardino Valley, the Peloncillo Mountains, the Animas Valley and the Animas Mountains. It is roughly pyramid shaped, with the base of the pyramid beginning just east of Douglas, Arizona along the Mexican Border to just west of Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The apex is just south of Animas, New Mexico.

With elevations ranging from 3500 to 8500 feet, the Malpai is a diverse area of mountains, canyons, valleys and riparian corridors. Several rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species are found here. It is the only place in the U.S. where Gould's turkey and white-sided jackrabbits occur naturally. It is also home to popular big-game species such as Coues deer, mule deer, pronghorn and Desert Bighorn sheep.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this huge landscape is that fewer than 100 human families reside on it. Many of the families who live here have been here for generations. Except for two small wildlife preserves, this is cattle ranching country. As ranchers, we have been concerned about a key resource we depend on for our livelihoods and way of life - the diminishing quality of grasslands for grazing. Fragmentation of the landscape, beginning with the subdivision of some ranches in our area, has also been a looming threat.

We formed a nonprofit organization to bring ranchers, scientists, and key agencies together, and today the Malpai Borderlands Group now carries out a series of conservation programs and activities, including land restoration; endangered species habitat protection; cost-sharing range and ranch improvements; and land conservation projects.

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