Southwest Environmental Center announces Spring 2017 “Back by Noon” Outings The Southwest Environmental Center is excited to announce the Spring 2017 schedule of its popular “Back by Noon” Saturday morning, guided natural history outings. Nature lovers from across the region are invited to participate in birding along the Rio Grande, visit two nearby caves, discover Native American sites, walk among blooming wildflowers, learn about the ecological impact of the border fence, and identify reptiles of the Chihuahuan Desert. The hikes are designed to showcase some of the unique natural features of the Las Cruces/El Paso area. Informative, family friendly, and not too strenuous, most of the trips will have you back to your car before noon. Featuring a mix of the new and familiar, the Spring 2017 lineup includes the following trips: • El Paso’s Wild Oasis: Rio Bosque: 2/25 • Discover the Anthony Gap Cave, Franklin Mountains: 3/4 • Trek to Achenbach Canyon Cave, Organ Mountains: 3/11 • Exploring Pena Blanca: 3/18 • Geological Treasures of Providence Cone, Portillo Mountains: 3/25 • Wildflowers of Aguirre Springs: 4/1 • Up Close with the Border Wall, Sunland Park: 4/8 • La Mancha BioBlitz: 4/15 • Migratory Birds of the Rio Grande Valley: 4/29 • Reptiles of the Chihuahuan Desert: 5/6 All trips are open to the public. Some outings require additional parking fees. Advanced reservations are required. Participants may register three weeks in advance of each outing. Space is limited, and half of the available slots for each trip are reserved for members of the Southwest Environmental Center. Be sure to bring sturdy shoes, water, sunscreen and a hat. Detailed descriptions of the outings, including starting times, can be found at our website: www.wildmesquite.org. For more information and to register, call (575) 522-5552. The Southwest Environmental Center is a Las Cruces membership-based organization that protects and restores native wildlife and habitats in the Southwest.