Sara Van Note

Sara Van Note

Sara Van Note is a print and audio journalist based in New Mexico. She’s inspired by birdsong and fascinated by stories of resistance and resilience. Her stories have appeared in various media outlets including PRI’s The World, NPR’s Latino USA, the Christian Science Monitor, bioGraphic and Undark.

‘Streets are for people, too:’ A vision of safety in Albuquerque’s International District

By: - November 3, 2022

On a windy fall Sunday, Altagracia Floyd walked down the middle of Albuquerque’s Kathryn Avenue as her daughter rode a scooter alongside her. “Nobody’s zooming past us. Nobody’s honking at us for crossing the street,” Floyd said, as they strolled through the neighborhood that’s home to some of the most dangerous roadways in the city […]

NM scientists work to understand 2020’s mass bird die-off and prevent another one

By: - October 25, 2022

As summer turned to fall in 2020, people from Taos to Las Cruces reported unusual clusters of dead songbirds. Golden warblers, iridescent swallows, pale flycatchers and others were found scattered on riverbanks, huddled under barn eaves and strewn on playing fields.  The birds perished during their long migration from summer breeding grounds in the U.S. […]

Public process points to Bears Ears’ potential — and challenges

By: - October 14, 2022

A process to create a first-of-its-kind plan for co-management of the Bears Ears National Monument is nearing the end of an initial phase.   In the last of the public engagement sessions held in Albuquerque by federal agencies, members of the public shared comments Wednesday, while representatives offered maps and information about current land management on […]

A new mosquito is stalking New Mexico. Is the state ready?

By: - September 12, 2022

If you’ve been stalked by tiny striped mosquitoes this summer, you’re not alone. These bold black-and-white bugs, aka Aedes aegypti, are “aggressive biters” and “a little bit sneakier” than other mosquitoes, said Nick Pederson, Urban Biology Division Manager with Albuquerque’s Environmental Health Department.   Found in Albuquerque and points south, the Aedes aegypti mosquito has spread […]