In the Field

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 …

August, 2020

  • 26 August

    Department teams up with agency partners to reestablish boreal toad population

    Last June, the Department, in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the U.S. Forest Service, released 72 adult and young boreal toads at Trout Lakes near the northern New Mexican town of Tierra Amarilla. The toads were released in the marshy zone by the upper lake, where the …

  • 26 August

    The Department Information Center answers top three questions

    Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the Department’s Information Center team is still as busy as answer answering questions and e-mails from the public. “We haven’t skipped a beat these past five months whether we are in the office taking calls or at home answering emails,” said Lisa Brejcha, former information center supervisor …

April, 2020

  • 28 April

    Department Biologists Band Ducks at Waterfowl Management Areas

    Earlier this year, Department of Game and Fish biologists and conservation officers were involved in a multi-state, multi-agency collaborative study of northern pintail duck movements throughout their wintering range. The team set out swim-in traps at the Department-owned Bernardo and W.S. Huey Waterfowl Management Areas to capture, band and attach …

December, 2019

  • 23 December

    Fisheries Biologists Tap into DNA Detection Technology

    Whitewater Creek contains more than 16 million gallons of water running through 23 miles of stream. This remote creek in the Gila wilderness in southwestern New Mexico is one of a handful of southwestern creeks home to native Gila trout, a rare species once federally listed as endangered. Detecting a …

  • 23 December

    Meet Chuck Schultz, Regional Habitat Biologist

    If it has to do with habitat and wildlife in the northwest part of the state, you can bet that Chuck Schultz, regional habitat biologist, will be involved. He has been in this line of work for over 27 years and has worked on habitat and with wildlife as a …

November, 2019

  • 26 November

    Meet Leland Pierce, Herpetologist

    Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians and if you aren’t familiar with that term, chances are you likewise aren’t familiar with Department herpetologist, Leland Pierce. In an interview with New Mexico Wildlife, Pierce discusses his interest in reptiles and amphibians and the importance of these creatures to New …

  • 26 November

    One small fish, one big undertaking

    How biologists are working to protect a native southeast New Mexico fish For New Mexicans, the words “native New Mexico fish” may first bring to mind the quintessential image of a Rio Grande cutthroat trout, with its red slash below the jaw, glimmering in a crystal-clear high-mountain stream. Or maybe …

  • 26 November

    Biologists begin tracking a pronghorn herd at high elevations

    In New Mexico, herds of pronghorn are typically found roaming the high plains throughout the eastern part of the state. This expanse of land varies in elevation between 4,000 and 7,000 feet. A particular herd of a few hundred, however, spends the warmer months at nearly 11,000 feet, east of …

October, 2019

  • 28 October

    Four Additional Black-Footed Ferrets Released at Wagon Mound Ranch

    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish released four additional black-footed ferrets at a ranch in Wagon Mound late September in an effort to augment a small population reintroduced at the site a year earlier. The ferrets were transported to the site from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s …