Wildlife Conservation Education

January, 2021

  • 21 January

    The “Grey Ghost”

    Growing up in the outdoors from Alaska to New Mexico, I can honestly say the one animal that intrigues me the most is the Coues white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus couesi). Better known as the “Grey Ghost,” this elusive white-tailed deer is not only photogenic, but it can walk behind the …

July, 2020

  • 29 July

    85 years of wearing “the bear head” The origin story of the Department logo

    Like many New Mexico Department of Game and Fish personnel before me, I have always been proud to wear the insignia of the Department. And while the exact style of the emblem has changed through the years, the concept has remained the same – a circle-shaped outline with the name …

  • 29 July

    Black bear travels from northern New Mexico to Colorado Springs – and back

    Rick Winslow, bear and cougar biologist with the Department of Game and Fish, shares his thoughts on the map and the possible reasons for a black bear to travel so far—and then return to the area where it’s trek began months earlier: While it’s impossible to say exactly why this …

  • 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

    Is that selfie with wildlife really worth it?

    In short, no, it’s probably not a good idea. Don’t get me wrong, though: I love to take selfies. If I go somewhere, I want to have a photo of myself at that place. My personal photo collection numbers in the six figures. I love to photograph nature and wildlife, …

  • 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 …

May, 2020

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 …

February, 2020

  • 26 February

    Share with Wildlife –Teaching Science and Leadership Skills

    Chihuahuan Desert food web. Photo by Ginny Seamster.

    What is a food web? What kind of organisms are at the base of a food chain? How do decomposers fit in? What does the food chain of the gray vireo look like? What kind of management actions could be taken to improve the gray vireo’s status in New Mexico? …

July, 2019

  • 24 July

    Creating a rapport with raptors

    American kestrel fledging. Photo credit: Dave Menke/USFWS.

    Tips for coexisting with urban birds of prey Summer is here and with it comes an increased chance of encountering an urban raptor. Raptors are a category of bird that includes all eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, owls, harriers, osprey and usually vultures. While some of these winged predators are present …