Field Diaries - Victoria (September 7, 2017)

Working outdoors for the past 3 months has been full of adventure. We have traveled across New Mexico, from Soccorro, Los Lunas, Pecos, Los Alamos, Jemez, San Luis Mesa, San Ysidro, Buckman, to numerous other trails and public lands throughout the summer. Learning about the diversity of flora of New Mexico has truly been the best part. I came into this job without any botanical experience 2 years ago, and now I am very pleased to see how much I’ve learned. I went from carrying New Mexican Wildflower and Grass field guides along with me on every outing to now firmly and confidently identifying a species in the field without need for a field guide. When out in the field scouting and collecting native seed, it is always fun. It’s very soothing to be collecting a native species on a site, immersed in nature fully, knowing that it is for the great good of restoration purposes. Not to mention, I'm lucky being in such a diverse state where there’s a matrix of ecoregions so beautifully put together to explore and learn.