In the Field

May, 2021

  • 11 May

    Wildlife Research on Kirtland Air Force Base

    Researchers are working with Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico on a multi-year wildlife research study and habitat restoration project on the military installation. Kirtland Air Force Base occupies over 51,000 acres of desert grasslands, pinyon-juniper woodlands and ponderosa pine woodland on the west side of the Manzanita …

  • 10 May

    River Otters find a New Home on the Rio Grande

    Did you say river otters in the Rio Grande? That is correct; between 2008 and 2010, 33 river otters were released into the upper Rio Grande. Since then, there have been many sightings of these intelligent and playful animals, some as far south as Cochiti Lake. Their webbed feet and …

  • 10 May

    Meet Nagako Chroninger – #TeamNMGameandFish

    Managing a multi-million-dollar budget takes a team of individuals carefully coordinating, planning, ensuring policies are honored and providing consistency. Everyone in the agency supports the Department’s fiscal section. Still, each division, and region, has a person dedicated to ensuring that processes are followed, budgets are managed, bills are paid, quotes …

March, 2021

  • 26 March

    Meet James Dominguez – #TeamNMGameandFish

    Microscopic species are big business in New Mexico. The Department is concerned with several Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). They are very small in size, but can reproduce quickly and cause significant harm to the natural environment should they enter New Mexico’s water bodies. New Mexico remains one of seven states …

February, 2021

  • 24 February

    Meet Diana Montijo – #TeamNMGameandFish

    Typically, the Department opens our office doors, welcoming the public in, helping them apply for the big game draw, selling licenses and answering questions about hunting and wildlife in New Mexico. If you came into the Santa Fe office, the chances are that Diana Montijo would have been one of …

January, 2021

  • 21 January

    Conservation Officers Work to Protect Hunters from Fraud

    Patrols of lakes and rivers to verify anglers have a license, roadblocks to check for legal bucks during deer season and responding to tips from the public about possible poaching incidents are all parts of the job for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Conservation Officers. These are likely …

  • 21 January

    Meet Officer Adan Jacquez #TeamNMGameandFish

    At educational events, I typically ask attendees, “What does the Game and Fish Department do?” While the Department’s duties are extensive, the most common answer is “YOU CATCH POACHERS.” Conservation officers have long been the backbone of the agency. They are not only out there to ‘catch poachers,’ but have …

December, 2020

  • 30 December

    The San Juan River: An officer’s perspective

    The San Juan River, located in the northwest corner of our state, has one of the best tail waters for trout fishing in New Mexico. The Special Trout Waters consist of 3.75 miles of river from Navajo Dam downstream to the Crusher Hole day use area. This section is located …

  • 28 December

    Meet Roselyn Washington #TeamNMGameandFish

    It is often the people behind the scene that ensure the operation and success of programs. It is the same for the hunter education (HE) and off-highway vehicle (OHV) programs. Roselyn Washington is the office manager for both of these programs. Jennifer Morgan, hunter education coordinator and one of Roselyn’s …

November, 2020

  • 13 November

    Biologists tag rainbow trout at Eagle Nest Lake

    Northern pike almost exclusively consume fish, and Eagle Nest Lake offers a plentiful menu including yellow perch, white sucker and fathead minnow. When given a choice, however, these fish may go after the fish most popular with anglers—rainbow trout. In fact, according to Jane Trujillo, coldwater fisheries biologist with the …