Jeremy Lane

Jeremy Lane
Jeremy Lane is the Public Information Officer in the Southwest Area for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

May, 2021

  • 10 May

    Hunter Education Classes in the Time of COVID

    To put things lightly, this pandemic changed the way things operate. By now, you’re well-associated with social distancing, business and other organization offices being closed and all the extra safety steps put into place and the Department was certainly not – ahem – immune to those. The extra efforts from …

March, 2021

  • 26 March

    Food and Water: How Much Does Wildlife Need?

    We all know that food and water are essential for survival, but as you’ve topped-off that glass or grabbed a snack at home, have you ever wondered just how much liquid and groceries our wildlife needs? The answer can vary greatly, based on the size of the animal. Even within …

February, 2021

  • 24 February

    Wildlife Lookalikes

    “Grayish brown and furry” could describe a lot of different wildlife in New Mexico. Even to a trained eye, a fleeting glimpse of a species might lead to an unclear identification because many of New Mexico’s wildlife have lookalikes, a separate species for which it may be confused. However, a …

January, 2021

  • 21 January

    It’s Great to Suck at Something

    It’s common at the beginning of a new year to set resolutions to better oneself and identify some areas in which our skills might be lacking and identify ways to strive for success. Self-improvement is rarely a bad thing, but a demand for nothing but excellence in your outdoor endeavors …

December, 2020

  • 28 December

    Kid’s Tracks: Animal Verbs

    The other day I was reading a book (I know, “wonders never cease”) and had to stop when I noticed two animal names used on the same page, but the author wasn’t discussing or mentioning a species. These were wildlife names used as verbs, and it got me thinking (again, …

October, 2020

  • 22 October

    Gila Trout Return to Whitewater Creek

    A trout stocking took place in Whitewater Creek in early August, but that sounds far too simple for the efforts culminating that day. For starters, the trek into Whitewater Creek is not an easy one. The team hiked for over four hours, with the wind blowing around a steep canyon …

July, 2020

  • 17 July

    What’s in a Name?

    Mountain lion, cougar, puma… three names for the same animal. You can see how using common names can be confusing. Two scientists speaking different languages might not be able to determine what particular species they are discussing if its common names differ. To solve this, each species has its own, …

June, 2020

  • 24 June

    Flower or weed: It’s all about perception

    Desert marigold. NMDGF Department photo by Jeremy Lane

    Someone recently asked me what the difference was between a flower and a weed. The answer could be whom is looking at it and where. A very simple definition of a weed is a plant growing where it is unwanted. The term “weed” could be applied to grasses (enjoyed by …

April, 2020

  • 28 April

    Critter Camo

    Have you ever been startled by walking right up on a rabbit or quail before it bolts out of its hiding spot and surprises you? You didn’t see the animal because it was using camouflage! Camouflage is an animal’s coloration that helps it go unnoticed. This coloration could conceal the …

March, 2020

  • 24 March

    Youth Javelina Hunt: A ranch gets relief and young hunters gain experience

    Javelina spotted at the Ladder Ranch.

    When Corporal Jake Baulch, New Mexico conservation officer, heard that the Ladder Ranch in Truth or Consequences was having javelina issues, he turned a problem into an opportunity for eleven young hunters from our state. “The javelina were getting too accustomed to coming into our main housing area, and then …