In the Field

October, 2019

July, 2019

  • 24 July

    Meet Dustin Berg, the new author of the weekly Fishing Report

    Meet Dustin Berg, the New Author of the Weekly Fishing Report

    If you’ve been receiving the Department Fishing Report every Tuesday, you may have noticed a new name. Earlier this July, avid outdoorsman Dustin Berg was named author of the fishing report, taking over the role from Bill Dunn, who became a familiar name among New Mexico’s anglers for decades. An …

  • 24 July

    Relocating beavers

    Sergeant Shawn Carrell of the Las Vegas Supervisory District assisted with capturing two beavers from a private pond in Ledoux near Morphy Lake State Park.

    In New Mexico, if there is permanent water with deep pools and the right kinds of riparian vegetation, there is a good chance beavers are hard at work making that place home. As ecosystem engineers, beavers can have significant impacts on the hydrology of a stream or river as they …

June, 2019

  • 24 June

    Q&A: Meet the manager of Lisboa Springs Hatchery

    Q&A: Meet Francina Martinez-Valencia, Lisboa Springs Hatchery Manager

    Q&A: Meet Francina Martinez-Valencia, Lisboa Springs Hatchery Manager Francina Martinez-Valencia, Lisboa Springs Hatchery Manager, works as the first-ever woman hatchery manager for the state. A Taos native, she started out as a fish culturist back in November 2007. She has been with the department for 11 years. In an interview …

May, 2019

  • 23 May

    Fisheries team kicks off the spring with annual walleye spawn

    It’s walleye spawning season! And that doesn’t only mean this is the best time of year to cast your line for this special fish—it also means department fisheries staffers have wrapped up our yearly walleye spawn. Learn more about this interesting fish:

April, 2019

  • 18 April

    Austin Teague, Southeast Regional Wildlife Biologist

    Q&A: Meet Our Team On his days off he enjoys working out and playing soccer for the men’s league in Roswell. On longer weekends he said he likes participate in whole host of outdoor recreation activities including white water rafting and snowboarding. “And I always enjoy attending the Texas Tech …

  • 18 April

    Putting Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in the Rito de Los Frijoles after the Las Conchas Fire

    On June 26, 2011, at approximately 1:00 pm, a tree fell on a power line causing one of the largest and most devastating fires in New Mexico’s history. On the first day alone, the fire burned 43,000 acres a rate of about an acre per second. By August 3, almost …

April, 2017

  • 13 April

    When nothing goes right

    New Mexico Department of Game and Fish personnel set up a number of turkey traps in Raton hoping to capture about 40 that would be moved to the Lincoln National Forest. It became evident the first morning that reaching that number would be difficult with deer continually getting inside the trap. NMDGF photo by Zen Mocarski, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    There are days when nothing goes right In my 14 years working for wildlife agencies, many exciting and sometimes frustrating experiences have presented themselves. Capturing wildlife certainly can get the adrenaline flowing when everything goes as planned. However, no matter how well everything is planned, success depends on animals doing …

August, 2016

  • 15 August

    Photographing wildlife

    Master the basics to harvest the best images. For those who photograph wildlife, hunting season never ends. Whether you are looking through a rifle scope or viewfinder, hunting and photography have similar challenges. Both activities share a few common terms, such as the word “shoot” in its various conjugations. Whether …

  • 15 August

    Unexpected findings

    A fox squirrel balancing on a small tree branch. Fox squirrels are larger and heavier than gray squirrels. USFWS photo by Gary Eslinger. New Mexico Wildlife magazine, NMDGF.

    There are certain benefits to working for a wildlife agency, not the least of which is the opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoying what nature has to offer. As the editor of New Mexico Wildlife, I’m afforded many chances to spend time in the field with a diverse group of …