Wildlife & Habitat Conservation

December, 2021

  • 21 December

    Habitat – because all wildlife depends on it

    Whether they’re a hunter, hiker or photographer, all outdoor enthusiasts love to see a lot of wildlife. Habitat improvements are made all over the world to benefit wildlife, and New Mexico is no exception. These improvements play a pivotal role in refining conditions for wildlife; they also provide additional hunting …

  • 6 December

    A Wildlife Balancing Act: Landscape Management and Wildlife Biology Go Hand-in-Hand

    Even for the everyday reader who hasn’t spent his or her time studying wildlife professionally, it’s probably no secret that wildlife species share space and compete for the same use of habitat, whether that is for food, water or shelter. It is also likely that most people would recognize that …

November, 2021

  • 12 November

    Bernardo WMA to undergo wetland improvements

    Wetlands on the Bernardo Wildlife Management Area are getting a facelift this winter as part of an effort to benefit wildlife and outdoor recreationists alike. Construction work will improve the 1,800-acre property’s water-management system, allowing for more efficient use of what is gradually becoming a more limited resource. Other improvements …

September, 2021

  • 8 September

    Department, partners work to restore riparian areas

    Salt cedar, Russian olive and Siberian elm are all common sights along New Mexico’s rivers and streams, despite none of them being native to the Land of Enchantment. While all were brought to New Mexico with the best of intentions, they have since damaged the riparian habitat that many of …

July, 2021

  • 23 July

    Restoration work brings back beaver dams

    When beavers, previously thought to be a nuisance species, were eliminated from the Edward Sargent Wildlife Management Area, located north of Chama in Rio Arriba County, it had a widespread effect on the entire ecosystem. Without their dams causing streams to pool, surrounding wetland areas began to dry up, creating …

  • 6 July

    Fires can benefit wildlife habitat: New growth can create better, more diverse food sources

    At first glance, wildfires may appear to be dangerous and destructive, but that isn’t always the case. In fact, what would appear to be devastating to the forest, and the wildlife that call it home, is often quite beneficial and even necessary for the long-term survival of flora and fauna …

  • 6 July

    Help Be Part of the Solution to Invasive Species, Not the Cause

    It’s that time of year again. The birds are calling, the sun is warming our hemisphere, the trees are turning green, the smell of cut grass is in the air and the thoughts of fishing, lake trips, hikes and BBQs all play in our heads. It’s as if nature is …

December, 2020

  • 30 December

    Ephemeral waters: Department partners with conservation organization to restore critical habitat

    A slice of the Great Plains passes through eastern New Mexico, crosses the town of Raton a few miles south of Colorado, then bows west to Las Vegas. Where the elevation begins increasing at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the edge of the Plains draws back and follows the …

  • 30 December

    Backcrossing to the Future: Genetic Intervention for Gila Trout

    In the summer of 2018, a pair of fish biologists and a pair of horse packers embarked on an arduous 13-hour trek through a remote section of the 3.3 million-acre Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico, not far from the Arizona border. “We rode mules the first five or …

  • 30 December

    A fishy community focused on the long game

    Fishing, especially fly-fishing, is often a solo activity. Even if you travel to a fishing site with a group of people, you park, grab your equipment and everyone quickly breaks off heading in their own direction. A day on the water can be peaceful, you can hear the birds chirping …