Community Mosaic Mural, “Protect Our Wildlife Corridors”, News:
The seventh, and last panel designed by our mural project co-coordinators Cirrelda Snider-Brian and Laura Robbins, is underway at Laura’s Foothill Studio. This panel, which is filling in rapidly with handmade ceramic tile animals, mosaic glass animals, and a mosaic glass “Bosque” scene with cottonwood trees, flowing water and marsh plants, will be installed this spring of 2012. Many different community members from professional artists to “unskilled laborers” are working on getting the panel ready by cementing down the small pieces of glass, and larger pieces of clay tiles to the prepared panel board. Laura is hosting work days every week for those volunteers who have signed up to help.
The grassroots organization Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM offers two forms of outreach, one you have heard about before in EE Connections, The Protect Our Wildlife Corridors Mural, and second, Tracker Monitor Training.
We recently presented at the joint EEANM, NMSTA, NMCTM conference and would like to keep the information on wildlife corridors flowing with educators, thus this article. Peter and Cirrelda will also present at the 4 Corners Bioregional Outdoor Education Project’s 2010 annual conference this March in Blanding, Utah, an important gathering of our region’s environmental educators.
On our mural front –
A 4’x8′ panel of Wild Horses will be placed to the right of the “Protect Our Wildlife Corridors” and join the other ecosystem/ animal panels.
Stamped clay tiles of EVERYONE who has helped in some way will be placed on the Recycling Center Wall to the left of the driveway opening.
The 4th 9 foot by 6 foot mosaic panel – focusing on the riparian ecosystem, “the bosque” – will be started in January by the 8th grade Advanced Art class at Bernalillo Middle School who will design and make the big animals. We are lucky to have guest speaker Timothy Smith, Biology Technician at Sandia Pueblo, join the class for a first Monday field trip to the bosque at Kuaua (Coronado Monument), and come into the classroom the next day to share about the Pueblo’s efforts to re-introduce wild Turkeys to their lands. Algodones Elementary students will participate making plant tiles for the 4th panel, as Placitas Elementary students did last year for the Grasslands panel.