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UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series – Fall 2020
Presented by the Species in Peril project with U.S. Senator Tom Udall as honorary co-host


A big thank you to everyone who joined us live to watch the inaugural webinar Building a National Biodiversity Action Plan: Science, Policy, and the Grassroots of the UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series—Fall 2020 that featured U.S. Senator Tom Udall, U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala. We also thank all our co-organizers; UNM IT; Our Partners in Education; Press and Media (Common Dreams, Counter currents, and Counterpunch); and everyone else who helped us in making the launch such a successful event. 

You will find the webinar video from the above YouTube link and also in WEBINAR VIDEOS in the Species in Peril project at UNM website. 

Please see below information, including how to register—for the next webinar of the UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series: Flora, Fishes, and Fireflies: Assessing Species in Peril in New Mexico and Abroad.
We welcome three new institutions in our growing list of Our Partners in Education: UNM Indigenous Design and Planning Institute (iD+Pi), Friends of the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, and the UNM Center for the Southwest.


In the UNM biodiversity inaugural webinar, all three panelists spoke briefly about their efforts to advance the Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature. If you would like to know more about the 30x30 initiative please tune in to the “Road to 30” Webinar which will take place on Monday, September 21. 

WHAT: Sen. Udall, Rep. Haaland and NM Rep. Georgene Louis will join Center for Western Priorities for the New Mexico stop on the “Road to 30” virtual tour to discuss the bold vision to protect 30 percent of America’s lands and water by 2030, highlighting the pressing need to conserve New Mexico’s natural heritage, strengthen communities, and improve public health.
  • U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), United States Senator for New Mexico

  • U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), United States Representative for New Mexico’s 1st district

  • NM Rep. Georgene Louis, State Representative for New Mexico District 26

  • Camilla Feibelman, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Director

  • Jennifer Rokala, Executive Director of Center for Western Priorities

WHEN: MONDAY, September 21, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. MT / 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
HOW TO JOIN: View the YouTube livestream here. View the Facebook livestream here.


Nature across the world is collapsing, according to biologists. Global human activity has altered three-quarters of the Earth’s lands, and within the United States, about a football field worth of natural area is converted to human development every 30 seconds. Hundreds of scientists are warning the rapid loss of natural space will result in a mass extinction, exacerbated by climate change. In the face of this crisis, ecologists are urging the conservation of at least 30 percent of the planet’s lands and oceans by 2030 (30×30), a critical step that can protect nature, strengthen communities, and improve public health.

In a recent Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll, 73 percent of voters in eight Mountain West states favored the 30x30 initiative, with majority support across party lines for the ambitious conservation goal.

For more details on Udall’s legislation, S.Res.372 and Haaland’s legislation, H.Res.835, please visit Udall’s website here and Haaland’s website here or go to

UNM Biodiversity Webinar 2
Flora, Fishes, and Fireflies: Assessing Species in Peril in New Mexico and Abroad

Just as we launched the inaugural UNM biodiversity webinar from New Mexico—we learned of a mass bird die-off happening across New Mexico and the greater Southwest. The die-off has been reported in New Mexico newspapers, including Las Cruces Sun News and the Santa Fe New Mexican, and in national press and media, including The New York TimesThe Guardian, and CNN

The next webinar of the UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series—Fall 2020 is titled Flora, Fishes, and Fireflies: Assessing Species in Peril in New Mexico and Abroad. The webinar will address how to assess the peril of our nonhuman relatives, which relates directly to the unfolding bird die-off in New Mexico and the greater Southwest. 

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 5:30-7:00 pm Mountain Time / 7:30-9:00 pm Eastern Time. 

Clayton Meredith of New Mexico BioPark Society will moderate the webinar which will feature three panelists: Dr. Kira Mileham, Dr. Sara Lewis, and Dr. Topiltzin Contreras-MacBeath, all of whom work on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) initiatives to assess imperiled species. The IUCN created and maintains the global IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The webinar is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register at the PROGRAM page of the webinar series:

I hope you will tune in to the Mon. Sept. 21 "Road to 30" Webinar, as well as the second UNM Biodiversity Webinar on Thu. Oct. 8.

Best wishes in this time of peril,

Subhankar Banerjee, Director, Species in Peril project at UNM

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