Southwestern Deserts

January, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Water Conservation and Xeriscape Conference
The 15th Water Conservation and Xeriscape Conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Feb. 25-26 with an Expo on Feb. 27-28. This year's topic focuses on Land Use-Water Use Connections, including natural, rural, agricultural, suburban, and urban environments. For a complete list of speakers, topics and registration info, go to http://www.xeriscapenm.com/. Register early, as the conference has "sold out" in recent years. Conference attendance is not required to go to the Expo.

Web Finds

Biosecurity for Birds
Do you raise backyard poultry as part of your sustainable lifestyle? Submit photos of your handsome chickens, ducks and other birds for possible inclusion in a 2011 Biosecurity for Birds calendar from the USDA. Deadline for submission is January 31, 2010. For complete instructions, go to the "Favorite Bird" Photo Contest Web page. The site also contains lots of info on raising birds safely and responsibly.

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