PROJECT GOALS: Talking Talons Youth Leadership (TTYL) was awarded funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundations 2019 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program for its project, Engaging Watershed Stewards. This project will provide education and stewardship activities focused on the Tijeras Watershed, a major tributary of the Middle Rio Grande.
With 16 partners, TTYL will plan and deliver over 3000 hours of watershed-based environmental and wildlife education and stewardship sessions to at least (405) youth and their teachers, and provide Teacher Workshops to at least (20) teachers with up to (200) hours of environmental education (EE) delivery training from March - December 2020. Partners will target schools and other underserved groups in communities with cultural and geographic ties to watershed.
Five Main Project Partners include TTYL; Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District; City of Albuquerque Parks, Recreation and Open Space; Cañon de Carnué Land Grant; and Singing Arrow Community Center.
Fifteen Additional Partners and Supporters: Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA), Albuquerque Metropolitan Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA), Conservation Legacy Southwest Conservation Corps Ancestral Lands (Ancestral Lands), Bernalillo County Stormwater (Bernco Stormwater), Fire Adapted New Mexico Learning Network (FAC NM), Friends of Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site (FOTP), Jim Brooks of Adaptive Terrain Systems (Adaptive Terrain), New Mexico Forestry (NM Forestry), Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative (SMBC), University of New Mexico Wild Friends (Wild Friends), Tijeras Creek Watershed Collaborative (TCWC), Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, USDA Forest Service Sandia Ranger District, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, US Fish and Wildlife Service.
In the Spring of 2020, we had multiple field trips scheduled for this project and were in the planning stages for Teacher Workshops and Fall program delivery. In March 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic arrived on our doorstep. Everything changed. The entire world had to find ways to respond.
The EE community in New Mexico and around the US buckled down and came up with wonderful and creative ways to continue delivering quality education to youth and the community during this time, especially to underserved communities who were suddenly and devastatingly cut off from formal and informal education opportunities.
Many thanks to all of the partners in the Tijeras Creek Watershed Collaborative for their work on and interest in this project.
Outreach and Education Resources Generated by TTYL and Project Partners during Covid-19 restrictions
- TTYL Virtual and Direct Engagement NFWF 5 Star Panelist webinar presentation, May 2020 (video)
- TTYL Live Virtual Presentations to youth May 2020
- Nature Niños, New Mexico Wildlife Federation virtual presentation (video)
- A. Montoya Elementary School, Ms. Zamora's Class - no recording
- A. Montoya Elementary School, Ms. Wicker-Gist - no recording
- TTYL Assembled, printed, and distributed (875) 22-page Stem-Resource activity packets assembled from donated curriculum activities from New Mexico Eco-Ed Community:
- (510) to A. Montoya Elementary and (365) San Antonito Elementary
- TTYL Videos
- Education Modules for STEM Grab&Go (for NM Eco-Ed Community Covid Curriculum)
- Bird Basics 1: Feathers Activity TTYL (Spanish version) (pdf)
- Bird Basics 2: Hawks vs. Falcons Activity TTYL (pdf)
- Bird Basics 3: Beaks & Bills Activity TTYL (pdf)
- Cryptobiotic Soil Education Module TTYL (pdf)
- Dendrochronology Education Module FAC NM and Forest Stewards Guild (pdf)
- Dendrochronology Homework FAC NM and Forest Stewards Guild (pdf)
- Sub-Grantee Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District
- The Changing River Video Series:
- The Rolling River: The Middle Rio Grande Watershed (video)
- Our Watershed Story: Understanding Ecosystems (PowerPoint)
- RiverXchange Virtual River Class Recording (video) (pending upload)
- EnviroScape Water Pollution Lesson Plan (pdf) (pending upload)
- Lloyd Center for the Environment: Watershed Watch & Water Supply Info (pdf) (pending upload)
- City of Albuquerque Open Space (videos)
- Ancestral Lands Conservation Crews :
- FAC NM and Forest Stewards Guild
- New Mexico Wild Friends
- Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative videos
- Mud Spring: From Water to Wildlife Education Video and Education Activity from Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
- Extra! Mud Spring Animal Data (xls) from Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
- Wildlife and Water in the Southwest, New Mexico Game and Fish (video and pdf) (pending upload)
- Water for Wildlife, Why It’s Important, U.S. Forest Service (PowerPoint)
- Intro to a One-Rock Structure in Cedro Creek (video) Albuquerque Wildlife Federation partner (video)
- Building a Point-Bar to Stabililze Vegetation and Cedro Creek-bed (video) narrated by Albuquerque Wildlife Federation (video)
- Bernalillo County Natural Resource Services
- Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (handout)
- Friends of Tijeras Pueblo
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