January 5, 2017 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
The Chihuahan Desert Biosphere
By Eunice Thompson
Encompassing Big Bend National Park in Texas and extending into the valley of Cuatrocienegas, in central Coahuila, Mexico we find in these areas the greatest number of endemic species of any place in North America. Focusing on the native habitats of favorite cacti and succulents we travel through Big Bend, explore areas along the Rio Grande and finally venture into one of the most diverse desert regions in the Chihuahan Desert: Cuatrocienagas. The diversity of plants in each of these regions is very high, and some are similar to both. We study and admire the plants as they ‘Live on The Edge’.
I have been fortunate to visit a number of native plant habitats around the world. Focusing mostly on Mexico and its islands, but one of my dreams has been to journey to the oldest desert in the world: Namibia. I look forward to sharing the thrill of exploring this old world desert filled with life and seeing the plants that we’ve come to know thriving in their natural habitat.
I became passionate about Cactus and Succulents 10 years ago, and seeking knowledge of the joined as many of the local clubs in Southern CA. becoming volunteer for many of the clubs and eventually serving as a president of the Long Beach Cactus Club. I was soon able to combine my passion for travel and photography with cacti and succulents in their native habitats.
My first opportunity presented itself join an expedition to Baja California in 2008 to visit the native plants of that region. Since then my travels have taken me to many desert plant habitats in the USA and around the globe It has given me a unique opportunity to observe the hobby first hand in UK and mainland Europe and witness how the plants thrive in the most unlikely of climates.
Currently I am working on filming a travel documentary feature cactus and succulents and their impact. I am co-author of “Tea at Gordon's” – a tribute to Gordon Rowley.
Let’s give Eunice a warm welcome on her first visit to our Fresno Club! Eunice will be bringing a nice selection of plants for purchase!
Dinner: Sal's Mexican Restaurant, 7476 N. Fresno Street, Fresno, (559) 438-3030, menu. For reservations, contact Rosanna by Wednesday, January 4th to make reservations at 559.999.0017 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. Reservations under Fresno Cactus Club. Members are invited to attend.