WNMU Hosts Gila Symposium

Silver City – From tachnid flies to leopard frogs, a wide range of topics are set to be covered at the third Natural History of the Gila Symposium on the Western New Mexico University campus.

Three days of study of the Gila area natural history will be covered with more than 30 presentations to be given by area experts. Scheduled sessions include topics such as "Hawk Moths of the Gila" and "The Night Sky of Southwest NM."

The three-day symposium begins October 14 and includes field trip opportunities on its final day, October 16.

This year's keynote speakers include Benjamin Tuggle, Regional Director for the US Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region; Corbin Newman, Regional Forester for the Southwest Region US Forest Service; and Dr. Exequiel Escurra, author and conservation biologist.

Symposium activities are scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 14 and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 15. The Saturday field trip is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Partners for this symposium include: The Nature Conservancy of New Mexico, Native Plant Society of New Mexico, Native Plant Society of New Mexico - Gila Chapter, the Audubon Society (SW New Mexico Chapter), Gila Conservation Education Center, United States Forest Service, Western Institute of Lifelong Learning and Western New Mexico University.

There is no fee to attend the symposium. Registration is available by contacting Patrice Mutchnick at or 575-538-6642. For more information about the sessions, visit