Upcoming Special Events

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August 18-19

2nd Annual Charlie W. Painter BioBlitz & BBQ

We are proud to announce this event to be held at the new
Geronimo Event Center next to the Chiricahua Desert Museum.

Location: NM 80 & Portal Road - Just North of Rodeo, NM

When: August 18-19, 2017

Go to the new Web Site for more information and registration
and an updated list of presentations.

local lodging options


Last year we had about 200 participants who spotted hundreds of different species. Birds, Reptiles, Bugs, Plants and Mammals are included in the CWP BioBlitz.

Charles W. Painter(1949-2015), was a well-known,

respected and beloved expert on the reptiles and amphibians of the southwestern United States. Professionally, Charlie is perhaps best remembered for serving as the first State Herpetologist for New Mexico, where he worked for over 25 years.

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz, also written without capitals as bioblitz, is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Teams of volunteer scientists, naturalists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible during an intensive field study over a continuous time period (e.g., usually 24 hours). There is a public component to many BioBlitzes, with the goal of getting the public interested in biodiversity. To encourage more public participation, these BioBlitzes are often held in urban parks or nature reserves close to cities.


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