Wildlife & Habitat Conservation

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

July, 2020

  • 29 July

    Returning Rio Grande cutthroat trout to New Mexico’s waters

    Have you ever wondered why Rio Grande cutthroat trout conservation is important? Rio Grande cutthroat trout are not only New Mexico’s state fish, they are also native only to northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The presence and abundance of native trout on the landscape helps maintain a healthy and …