Summer Pollinators at Bosque del Apache

 August 17th, 2024

Join us for a morning of learning about pollinators at Bosque del Apache. Folks can visit the new pollinator project on the refuge and learn about different species of hummingbirds and how to identify them. Additionally, you can learn about banding these tiny flying jewels.

 All Events are free. Registration is required for the driving tour. Registration opens July 23.


Photo by Kim Score


Cari Powell

Cari Powell began volunteering at the Desert Arboretum in the fall of 2020 and has been on staff with the Friends of Bosque del Apache as the Desert Arboretum Manager since the fall of 2021. In the summer of 2023, Cari began managing the Pollinator Habitat Enhancement Project. 

Cari has a passion for native Chihuahuan desert plants and loves sharing that passion with her cadre of dedicated volunteers who make both the Desert Arboretum and the pollinator project possible!


Kim Score

Kim is a naturalist and field ornithologist with over thirty years of experience researching birds in the Southwest. She is a sought-after environmental consultant specializing in projects involving sensitive, threatened, and endangered species.

Kim is also a local birding guide and wildlife photographer leading private tours and other avian adventures in New Mexico and Arizona. 



Elissa Fazio

Born and raised in New York City, Elissa didn’t arrive in the western U.S. until 1976 at the age of 23. She fell in love with the landscape, flora, and fauna of the Sonoran Desert and immediately became a docent at the world-renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ, handling and teaching about snakes and small invertebrates. In 1980, she became a National Park Service Ranger at Devil’s Tower National Monument in Wyoming, splitting her time between Devil’s Tower and tour-guiding in Sabino Canyon near Tucson.

Elissa and her husband, Eric, have been avid birdwatchers for decades, and in 2008, an interesting opportunity presented itself. She began training to become a hummingbird bander for a research project based in Patagonia, AZ. After many months of training, she began managing a banding site in the Huachuca Mountains; before too long, she was also managing sites in the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Santa Rita Mountains – all sites in southern Arizona. Through the years, she has banded hundreds of hummingbirds and felt humbled to have such an up-close and personal relationship with these amazing birds.

She enjoys sharing her insights and adventures from her hummingbird-banding years with folks who are curious and interested in these charismatic creatures.

Tour the Pollinator Habitat Enhancement Project

8:30 am – 10:00 am
Bosque del Apache Visitor Center
Seating is limited – Registration required
Presentation by Cari Powell

Join Project Manager Cari Powell for a tour of this exciting restoration project! The Friends of Bosque del Apache has teamed up with refuge staff and the River for Monarchs project headed by the Institute for Applied Ecology to restore twelve acres of habitat in support of monarch butterflies and other native pollinators. Plants are the basis of any pollinator friendly habit; and in this workshop, we’ll review the history of the project as well as how and why we decided on which plants to use. Attendees will tour the proposed trail additions and see the restoration in action!


Photo by John Olson


Photo by Kim Score


Hummingbirds 101

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Bosque del Apache Visitor Center, Lannan Room
No Registration Required
Presentation by Kim Score

Dive into the fascinating world of nature’s smallest birds. We’ll explore their incredible adaptations and behavior—from mating and migration to feeding and fighting—and learn to identify the four species common to central New Mexico. If you’ve ever been curious to discover more about what makes hummingbirds so unique among other birds, this workshop is for you.

How Do You Catch a Hummingbird?

11:00 am – noon
Bosque del Apache Visitor Center, Lannan Room
No Registration Required
Presentation by Elissa Fazio

In this Power Point presentation, Elissa explains a research project on banding hummingbirds.  She describes the process and procedures for hummingbird banding and includes interesting hummingbird facts and helpful hints for identifying hummingbird species. Elissa also brings “show and tell” items, including hummingbird nests and eggs, banding tools and bands, feathers, and magazine articles connected with banding and hummingbirds.

The presentation is approximately 45 minutes long, with additional post-presentation time for questions and answers.


Photo by Elizza Fazio

Photo by John Olson


Hummingbird Identification in the Field

Noon – 1:00 pm
Bosque del Apache Visitor Center Plaza
No Registration Required
Presentation by Kim Score

Put the skills you learned earlier in the morning to the test. Bring a sack lunch and sit in the shaded plaza at the Bosque del Apache Visitor Center while watching hummingbirds come and go from the feeders. Kim Score will assist in identifying these small birds as they whiz by!

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