Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Mr. William W. Dunmire
Email bdunmire@unm.edu
Phone 505/867-3474
Address 12 Camino a las Estrellas
Placitas, NM  87043
Biographical Info With degrees in wildlife management and zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, Bill Dunmire enjoyed a 28-year career with the National Park Service. He was Chief of Interpretation for the entire service in the mid-1970s. He also served as Superintendent of Carlsbad Caverns, NM, and Guadalupe Mountains, Texas, National Parks in 1985, then spent seven years as a field biologist in New Mexico for the Nature Conservancy. Now, he is a writer/lecturer and photographer, traveling widely to research his material.
Program Description New Mexico is third among states of greatest natural diversity, exceeded only by Texas and California. This program will answer such questions as "Why does the countryside around Las Cruces look so different from that surrounding Albuquerque, Taos, or Farmington?" It will provide an understanding of how and why our countrysides differ so greatly. The slide-illustrated talk takes you through New Mexico's six ecoregions (Chihuahuan Desert bordering Mexico; the Great Basin Desert; the Great Plains Grassland; the alpine Mountain Forests of the Sangre de Cristo, Sandia, and Sacramento Mountains; and the PiƱon-Juniper Woodlands) and along some of our magnificent State and National Scenic Byways, from grasslands to mountains to deserts, focusing on the most interesting landscape features and the plants and wildlife that occur there.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures; Sustaining Community
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
Seeking to understand
who we are,
who we were
and who we aspire to be.

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