Beer and the Borderlands with Krista Schlyer

By Editorial Team on January 21, 2014
Photo courtesy of Krista Schlyer.
Photo by and courtesy of Krista Schlyer.
Presentation: Friday, January 24 doors open at 7:30pm


Photographer and Award-Winning Author, Krista Schlyer, discusses immigration policy and its effects on the Borderlands’ ecosystems with her book, Continental Divide.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception before and after the presentation with refreshments. Donations are welcomed.

Background: Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall

In documenting the changes to the ecosystems and human communities along the U.S.-Mexico border while the wall was being built, Schlyer realized the impacts of immigration policy on wildlife, landowners, and on border towns were not fully understood by either policy makers or the general public. This presentation will discuss her 8-year documentary project: exploring the natural and human history of the borderlands, the history of border policy, and the current immigration debate as it pertains to borderlands ecosystems.

The US-Mexico borderlands is a region stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, which hosts a number of rare ecosystems: the San Pedro, one of Arizona’s last free-flowing rivers; P.2 Schlyer Advisory the grasslands of New Mexico, some of the last undeveloped prairies on the continent; a mega-diverse birding area located along the lower Rio Grande River in Texas; and habitat and migration corridors for some of both nations’ most imperiled species.

About the Photographer-Author:

Krista Schlyer is a writer and photographer based in the Washington, DC, area. Her work has appeared in National Parks, Defenders, High Country News, Ranger Rick, National Geographic News, Audubon, and Outdoor Photographer. She is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the North American Nature Photographers Association. Her book, Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall, was released in October 2012 by Texas A&M University Press, and has won the National Outdoor Book Award, the New Mexico/Arizona book award and has been recognized by the American Library Association as one of the “Best of the Best” books from university presses in 2013.

The presentation will take place at Joe’s Movement Emporium, located at  3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD. For more information contact Krista Schlyer at