Meet Stan. He’s got a great smile and big bones (forty feet long and twelve feet high). The best part is that he’s always waiting for your visit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. You see, Stan is a Tyrannosaurus rex skeletonthe second-largest specimen ever found. Wildlife in New Mexico didn’t just pop up out of nowhere in the last thousand years. At the New Mexico Museum, you’ll see the full spectrum of the state’s extensive flora and fauna history. The permanent exhibits start with “Origins,” covering the period from 12 billion to 251 million years ago. It’s here that you’ll see some of the oldest rocks and fossils in the world. The next two exhibits are where you’ll meet some of Stan’s friends (Stan himself is located in the museum’s atrium). “Dawn of the Dinosaurs” is the museum’s newest exhibit, stretching from 251 million to 202 million years ago, otherwise known as the “Triassic Period.” This exhibit is the only Triassic hall in North America, and features New Mexico’s state fossil, Coelophysisone of the oldest dinosaurs, and the second dinosaur in space after its skull was taken up on the STS-89 space mission. The exhibit is followed by the “Age of Super Giants” exhibit, which covers the popular Jurassic period (202 million to 144 million years ago). Five more permanent exhibits illustrate the evolution of New Mexico’s wildlife over the next hundred million years. Other exhibits celebrate New Mexico’s historic contributions to science. In the “Space Frontiers” section, you’ll see how NM’s fascination with the stars started with Native American observatories at Chaco Canyon. Alternatively, Direct TV, in “STARTUP: ALBUQUERQUE and the Personal Computer Revolution,” you’ll see how a couple of nerds named Paul Allen and Bill Gates changed home technology forever. The Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 363 days a year, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Admission prices are as follows: Children (3-12) $4 Museum Exhibits $4 Dynatheater $4 Planetarium Adults (13-59) $7 Museum Exhibits $7 Dynatheater $7 Planetarium Seniors (60+) $6 Museum Exhibits $6 Dynatheater $6 Planetarium There are four free admission days every year: September 11, November 11, the second Tuesday in January, and the second Tuesday in February. Residents from different counties receive free admission during specific months. In addition, New Mexico seniors 60 and older receive free admission every Wednesday.
Native American spiritually is earth based. The idea of family includes all natural phenomena, including plants. A hallmark of native thought is that we are all related. Pueblo Indians are Taos, Acoma, Zuni and Hopi Native Americans.
Tobacco is a sacred plant. Tobacco offers itself for ceremonies and rituals. It is placed by trees, water, rocks or other significant places after prayers are said. Smoke is a visual prayer that spreads around the earth. Tobacco takes the prayers to our Creator.
Sage creates smoke that drives out negative energies. Smudging before ceremonies cleanses the energies within and around Read the rest of this entry »
Spring is a fantastic time to strap on your hiking boots and explore the many trails New Mexico has to offer. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, there’s a trail for every level. And with the recent rains, you’ll find our native plants have sprouted bright, new growth, while a carpet of native flowers adds drifts of bright color to our landscape.
Enhance your hiking adventure by becoming familiar with the flora and fauna you encounter. The Native Plant Society of New Mexico (NPSNM) Read the rest of this entry »
New Mexico, also known as the Land of Enchantment, can be an excellent grazing location for livestock. Unfortunately, there are many toxic plants out on the rangelands which can lead to deadly results if consumed by livestock. The following are two plant species which are common throughout the state of New Mexico in the places where livestock is likely to be free range grazing:
African Rue – This is a showy, bright green succulent that produces Read the rest of this entry »
New Mexico offers many edible plants thriving in its lands. These plants can be foraged in your yard or on public lands in your area. By foraging your own greens, you can save money, have fresh, healthy foods available to you and your family, and you can be more connected to the land where you live. Important things to remember when you are gathering your own food is to wear gloves to protect your hands and to know what you are looking for, to prevent accidentally grabbing something inedible.I found some more information here.
One native plant is the prickly pear Read the rest of this entry »
There is a growing popularity in “herb walking”, an activity that is used to identify medicinal plants and their uses. It is likened to what can be called an “herb crawl”, highlighting where certain herbs can be found, and how they might best be used. This is beneficial information for gardeners, health enthusiasts, and even members of the medical community who deem this kind of complementary healing modality to be beneficial. An herb walk in New Mexico Read the rest of this entry »
High cholesterol is one of the most common health problems that people today face. The Center for Disease Control has stated that almost half of adults have elevated blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a serious condition because it increases one’s chances of having a stroke or heart attack.
Many doctors prescribe medications to treat that condition, but many are reluctant to take medicine because of the possible side effects. That is why more people are choosing to Read the rest of this entry »
Planning a trip to New Mexico soon? You can use your Get Wild Blue internet to book the trip of a lifetime but when you come don’t forget to hit up some of the best spots in the state for getting a taste of natural beauty…
Ten Thousand Waves – A Japanese health spa, Ten Thousand Waves is set in the scenic mountains of Santa Fe. There are arts to enjoy nearby but you won’t be able to pull you away Read the rest of this entry »
New Mexico is home to a number of animals that you wouldn’t want to get near, from stinging scorpions and tarantula hawks to the oddly peanut-scented New Mexico spadefoot toad. However, rattlesnakes still get the worst press.The rattlesnake will actually flee from humans if possible, unless it feels trapped or physically threatened. If you do happen upon one, simply back away. A threatened rattler can strike more than two-thirds of its total length away.In New Mexico, there are seven different types of rattlesnakes: the rock rattlesnake, western diamondback, western prairie rattlesnake, Mojave rattlesnake, black-tailed rattlesnake, Massasauga, and ridge-nose rattlesnake. Each of them have distinctive markings and live in different areas, but you can commonly recognize them by their triangular head, and a pit on either side of their heads. While you might think the rattle would be the simplest way to identify them, non-rattlers will often attempt to mimic the sound by shaking their tail on dry leaves or grass. Also, the rattle may not make noise if it’s absorbed too much water. Certain types of snakes will also attempt to flatten their heads to mimic the triangular shape. Read the rest of this entry »
Is it just our imagination, or are New Mexico’s state animals particularly proud of their designation? (Answer: it’s probably just our imagination). Still, they all do their part to reflect the wide range of wildlife in the state.Animal: Black Bear — The black bear, while the smallest of all North American species, is by no means less majestic. Plus, “smallest” still means they can reach weights of 880 pounds in the wild, and 1,000 pounds in captivity. Most of their food comes from trees and bushes, although they also enjoy insects, salmon, and deer and elk.Bird: Roadrunner The Greater Roadrunner is the species found in the United Statesthe Lesser Roadrunner inhabits Central and South America. They’ve gained the nickname “snake killer” for their habit of killing rattlesnakes, along with scorpions, centipedes, and millipedes. Braver roadrunners will even take down small mammals by beating them in the back of the neck with their beak. Read the rest of this entry »