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The following schedule information regarding what is planned for the Chihuahuan Desert Conference at the El Paso Zoo on November 6-7, 2019 is very close to being in final form.  Check back for updates before you arrive.  A printed schedule will be distributed to all participants at registration.    For more information including registration click here.  Registration will close on October 30.

Wednesday, November 6

12 pm-5 pm Registration at the Zoo in the El Paso Water Discovery Education Center, hang posters in the Event Pavilion. (Need help when you arrive? Text 915-217-4233)

From 12 pm to 5 pm attendees can visit the Zoo and the new Chihuahuan Desert Exhibit, many animals start moving to night houses at 4pm.  Guided Tours of the Chihuahuan Desert Exhibit meet on the Franklin Canal Bridge – 2pm, 3pm.   Animals are still moving into the exhibit at this time.

5:00 pm -7:30 pm – Icebreaker event at the Zoo Event Pavilion.  Poster Session, refreshments, cash bar.   Poster presenters will be on hand to answer questions about their projects from 5:45 pm to 6:15 pm.

6:20 pm to 6:40 pm  – Special Entertainment in Zoo Event Pavilion – Champion Studio’s Folklorico “Cuauhtli”.

7 pm – The River and the Wall Documentary in the Wildlife Amphitheater followed by Q&A with the film’s producer, Hillary Pierce.

Poster Session in the Event Pavilion

The poster session will be held during the icebreaker from 5:30 to 6:45 in the Event Pavilion. During this time poster presenters will host their posters and answer questions.

Factors affecting Western Burrowing Owl nest site selection of artificial burrow systems in Arizona by Kimberly I Fonseca 

Endoparasite and Serological Survey of Kit Foxes (Vulpes macrotis) from White Sands National Monument, New Mexico by Monica Cordova

Assessing the impact of climate change on the habitat suitability of Antilocapra americana through Climpact Data by Grethel Capistrán

Bird Diversity in Modified Riparian Areas at El Paso, Texas by Nuria Andreu

Population Distribution of Invasive Exotic Aoudad (Ammotragus lervia) and Their Potential Impacts to the Ecosystem and Archaeological Sites of Hueco Tanks by Wendy Diaz

A Survey of the El Paso Region for Wolbachia Infection within the Order Apoidea including Apis mellifera and Xylocopa sp. by Joshua Segoviano 

A large ant collection in the Chihuahuan Desert: insights from digitizing the entomology collections of UTEP by Muriel Norman

Development of environmentally friendly methods to control harmful blooms of golden alga by Mary A Mousumi

Diet Analysis of Native and Non-native Leopard Frog Species in Southern New Mexico by Mariangel Varela

Learning from the Chihuahuan Desert in Beginning Architecture Design School by Josue J. Munoz-Miramon

Herbivore Enclosures Indicate Unrecognized Grass Restoration Potential in Mesquite Dunelands by Neeshia Macanowicz

Identifying the Native Bee Community Present in a Restored Wetland in the Southwestern United States by Laura Valdez

Two new white species of moths from White Sands National Monument by Eric H. Metzler, Savannah B. Porter and Carolin Scott-Tracey.


Thursday, November 7

Conference Tip – Getting the most out of the conference:  Skip the Question and Answer time at the end of any session change locations and be at a new location on time.   Most meeting locations in the Zoo are less than 5 minutes from each other.

Click the following link to see the schedule of presentations a the El Paso Zoo from 9 am to 6 pm.     Chihuahuan Desert Conference Presentation Schedule at a Glance