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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Rio Grande Bosque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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Rio Grande Bosque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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Registered: March 2008
City/Town/Province: Cedar Crest
Posts: 1
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By Liam, Age 9

31 kids and 12 adults got in their cars on Tuesday, February 26, and drove to the Bosque, where two more cars were parked. When everyone in the Rio Grande Roots and Shoots group was there, a person from Albuquerque Open Space named Bill started to talk about what we were supposed to do that day. He told us that "we should keep our blood inside our bodies," because he was worried about the shovels hitting us. It was also a good joke. Second, he told us what we were going to do is make the biggest cottonwood tree forest in the world bigger by planting native plants. The next thing he told us is how to hold a shovel so that you are not in harm's way if you are behind another person with a shovel. Finally, he told us how to plant the tree. First, you put the tree in the hole which is really deep. I had to jump back in surprise because it was so deep. After someone shakes the tree up and down, you put dirt down in the deep dark hole. When it's filled in, you pat it down.

We spent the next two hours planting trees. Then a person pointed out a porcupine in a tree to me and my brother. We went up to it and there it was, a weird looking porcupine. The whole group came to see it sleeping. It was so cute! It was like a Raladin in the Secrets of Droon series. People looked at the porcupine for about 30 minutes. Some people brought their cameras and took pictures of the porcupine. It was so cool.

I think that the visit to the Bosque was needed because of the trees. The trees that died and fell into the mud from the floods grew and did the same action of planting their branches. When man put up flood gates so that the flood water does not come to the Bosque, the tree branches cannot get into the ground to grow. We, on the other hand, planted tree branches so that the biggest cottonwood forest in the world will still be there in 20 years.
Date: March 6, 2008 Views: 6185 File size: 24.6kb, 50.6kb : 359 x 480
Hours Volunteered: 90
Volunteers: 45
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 0 to 60
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 1
Native Trees Planted: 45
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