Both for myself and in memory of my mom, I want to give monthly and help the Friends and Bosque del Apache thrive. I’ve lived in New Mexico most of my life and made many trips to Bosque del Apache throughout my life, especially with my mother in my childhood. My mom always loved watching the cranes lift off the wetlands in the winter, the hummingbirds in the flowers in summer, and the sunflowers that carpet the refuge fields in early autumn. Now that she is gone, one way I can connect back to those times is to visit Bosque del Apache – an important refuge for wildlife, but also for me personally.
I’ve done many graphics projects for the Friends, so I’ve learned so much about what it takes to keep the refuge going strong. I also understand better what the Friends do and why they need ongoing support in order to fundraise, advocate, and educate the public on behalf of this beautiful place. My contribution is one way that I can give back to a place that has given so much to me and my family, and another way to honor my mom’s memory as she loved this refuge so much.