I just got back from the annual conference of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I participated in a "BioBlitz" in the Bosque Reserve near the Albuquerque BioPark, arranged by ESA's Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) (How's that for a clever acronym?). The idea of the BioBlitz is to get outside and systematically identify species, as a tool for science education and a great way to get to know a new environment. I was surprised to find many familiar genera in the desert wetland. Below are some photos of the species we found.