The Gila River Festival is an annual celebration of the Gila River and its importance to southwest New Mexico. It draws locals and visitors from afar to our area to learn and understand more about this unique river and its watershed.
I was fortunate to attend the Hydrology and Field Ecology trips this year. Both were amazing opportunities to spend time with leaders who have vast knowledge about this complex and remarkable landscape. Here’s a brief look at our days in the field.
Dylan Duverge’ led us through the basics of river mechanics at the Old Iron Bridge. We were able to discuss the incredible changes that took place in the short time in the context of the flooding event that took place in August 2022.
Plant Ecology of the Gila Headwaters
Patrice Mutchnick of Heart of the Gila gave us an overview of plant life and river dynamics and how they shape each other.