U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region The Southwest Region encompasses Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma, with our Regional Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
We work with a variety of partners and other agencies, communities, tribal governments, conservation groups, businesses interests, landowners and concerned citizens to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and their habitat.
Mission: The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
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Many people think of robins as a sign of spring, but did you know they can be found year round across most of the country? In the winter, they spend more time in the woods searching for berries.
Photo: American robin by Courtney Celley/USFWS.
The Ozark big-eared bat is an endangered species found only in a small number of caves in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Much of the population is located at Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge. A major threat to the species is white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that causes hibernating bats to wake up, expending needed fat reserves.
My, what big ears you have! Endangered Ozark big-eared bats have ears that measure about an inch long. When young bats are born, their ears cover their eyes for the first few days.
Photo: Biologist holding an Ozark big-eared bat courtesy of Jena Donnel/ODWC.
The San Saba River is one of the last free-flowing river systems in Central Texas, but parts are at risk of drying up due to drought and excessive pumping. We are funding a team of researchers to study how this could impact at risk mussel species like the Texas fatmucket: bit.ly/SanSabaMussels
With Texas A&M AgriLife and The Nature Conservancy in Texas
It's good to celebrate victories as we get them, and here are thousands - 25,000 threatened Chiricahua leopard frogs are released into the wild thanks to Phoenix Zoo.
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So far in 2020, it seems if it’s not one thing, it’s another. It may feel like there’s been nothing really worth celebrating.At times like these, we need to take the small victories as they come — such as saving endangered animals.One such group is a special species native to Arizona. Tara H...
We are proud to announce the Houston Zoo as this year’s Recovery Champion for its leadership in veterinary & rehabilitation care, debris removal, and education for the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and other listed sea turtle species on the Texas coast: bit.ly/2019RecoveryChampion
Our public lands belong to everyone, but it can be challenging for hunters with disabilities to access these outdoor spaces. Just in time for the upcoming Texas waterfowl hunting season, we teamed up with Ducks Unlimited to build the first ADA-compliant duck hunting blind on Texas public coastal lands at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge: http://bit.ly/ADABlindBrazoria
Brazoria and San Bernard National Wildlife Refuges
Our Arlington Ecological Services Field Office is participating in this year's @GrapevineTX Monarch Butterfly Flutterby celebration. Check out a live stream featuring the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge, educational videos promoting monarch conservation, announcement of art and costume contest winners and the final LIVE butterfly release at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at https://www.facebook.com/GrapevineTX/.
More and more families are enjoying traditional outdoor activities that come with built-in social distancing measures. Nationwide spikes in hunting and fishing license sales for 2020 are unprecedented. This has been good for families and for wildlife conservation.
Photo: Mackenzie Hendrix, 16, holds a flathead catfish she caught while camping in Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of John Hendrix.
While it's not proven that mantids could defend us from an invasion of murder hornets, this female bosque praying mantis seems quite at home in the flight path of these European honey bees making their deliveries to an Albuquerque backyard bee box.
Mantises are pretty indiscriminate as far as diet goes. Bees, butterflies, moths, grasshoppers, flies and mosquitoes are all on the menu. Some species of mantis will eat frogs, lizards and even hummingbirds!
Photo: A green praying mantis eating a bee on a white bee box. Credit Al Barrus, public affairs specialist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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It's DESERT TORTOISE WEEK! 🐢🎉🐢🎉
Raise your hand if you love desert tortoises! Well lucky you, all week we'll be highlighting this iconic desert species!
Tune into Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to scope out these themes, and be sure to hashtag #DesertTortoiseWeek if you post pics!
Monday: Desert Habitat Appreciation Day
Tuesday: Cover Our Tracks in Desert Tortoise Habitat
Wednesday: Tortoise Perspective Challenge
Thursday: Desert Tortoise Education
Friday: Desert Tortoise Movie Night, search U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s "The Heat is On: Desert Tortoise and Survival" on YouTube
Photo of a baby desert tortoise hatching out of an egg by USGS
Thanks to Carol Ezell of Las Cruces, NM, for letting us share these photos!
Strike a pose! This greater roadrunner was recently photographed in southern New Mexico. The breakneck bird can run nearly 20 miles per hour and some of its favorite snacks are scorpions, lizards, and snakes. Despite what you might have seen in cartoons, however, coyotes can pose a challenge: the wily predators can run over 2x faster than roadrunners!
Greater roadrunners live year-round in the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico. They are also New Mexico’s official State Bird. What kinds of wildlife have you spotted recently?
Want to try something new this October? We are proud to present our first #LiveYourWild How-To video. Learn how you can set up a station to attract and obser...
The Brazos River Authority is stepping forward to help the Texas fawnsfoot and false spike, two mussel species that call the Brazos River home, through a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA). If approved, the CCAA and enhancement of survival permit would be in place for 20 years and implement a voluntary conservation strategy to help the mussels and their habitat.
While on a joint Dove enforcement operation in Texas, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent conducted a compliance check on five outdoor hunters (Jessica Kulisek, Cierra Laster, Kayla McKight, Amy Bohannon, Audra Bohannon). Amy Bohannon is an avid hunter and invited her friends and family to celebrate her birthday on a hunt. They even have matching camp shirts.
Southwest urban refuges include Valle de Oro near Albuquerque and Balcones near Austin. What's your favorite urban National Wildlife Refuge?
Happy Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day! No matter where you live, you can always connect with nearby nature and wildlife: http://ow.ly/FzJe50BEepf
There are 101 urban refuges across the U.S. Most metropolitan areas have one within a one-hour drive! Where are your favorite places to view wildlife and explore America’s great outdoors?
Photo 1: Rare black-footed ferrets, which visitors can see at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado by Kimberly Fraser/USFWS.
Photo 2: USFWS Director Aurelia Skipwith kayaking at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Photo 3: White pelicans swimming at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah, outside of Salt Lake City, by Ryan Moehring/USFWS.
Here's a recent episode of the podcast "Hannah and Erik Go Birding" where they interview the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Migratory Birds Cheif for the Southwest Dr. Scott Carleton, addressing a recent mass bird die-off event in New Mexico.
About a week ago, there was a large bird mass mortality event in New Mexico. Why does that happen?
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Southwest Region Migratory Bird Chief, Scott, helps us understand why.
Points for great camo! Blink and you'll miss this stealthy assassin bug from genus Sinea, sucking the juice from a ladybug after impaling it with its rostrum. Like something from sci-fi horror, some assassin bugs will wear their victims' dried corpses!
Over 7,000 species of assassin bug have been described to date. The 14 species of genus Sinea are generally found in the Southwestern states and Mexico, with this species clearly benefitting from a dry landscape.
While most assassin bugs are great for your garden, killing aphids and mites, some are indiscriminate and will assassinate other beneficial insects, such as this ladybug.
Photo: a light brown insect resembling dry plant material has its rostrum inserted in a ladybug, while on a dry plant.
Credit: Al Barrus / USFWS in Tome, New Mexico.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director, Aurelia Skipwith, visited with students involved with the agency's Urban Wildlife Conservation Program in Houston, Texas. The Program brings multiple partners together, including schools, to bring wildlife conservation and stewardship to urban communities. https://www.fws.gov/urban/partnerships.php#partnerTop
Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visited Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge near Sherman, Texas. The Director spent time touring the Refuge viewing wildlife, habitat management strategies, oil and gas development, and public recreational opportunities. She also met with Refuge staff and local partners.
Privacy please! The masked bobwhite is making a comeback at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. Throughout its summer breeding season, this rare native quail was seen and heard, indicating the birds are faring well on the refuge’s semidesert grassland habitat.
We estimate about 200 masked bobwhites currently live on the refuge – a century ago, none remained in the area! Masked bobwhites also overwintered on the refuge for the second consecutive year in 2019-2020, another indication of healthy habitat and conservation progress.
The masked bobwhite was wiped out in the southwestern United States by the early 1900s due to extended drought and human alteration that made the landscape barren – as the region’s lush grasslands disappeared, so did this unique bird.
The refuge was established in 1985 to assist with reintroducing and recovering the masked bobwhite in the United States, ensuring that this imperiled bird would endure for future generations as part of a balanced ecosystem and a sign of America’s shared natural heritage.
We continue working with public and private partners to help the masked bobwhite survive and expand its range in the wild via captive breeding and release.
Photos: A male (black head feathers and brown chest feathers) and female (speckled brown and white feathers) masked bobwhite by Paula O'Briant/#USFWS
We're very proud to have Tanner Germany of our New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office represent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
in this awesome #fedfashionweek campaign by General Services Administration Performance.gov , showcasing the outstanding essential service performed by federal employees!
Image description: USFWS Photo of a person holding a fishing net, and wearing a mask and hardhat.
Text next to photo reads: #FEDFASHIONWEEK
1) This "brilliant white" hard hat protects biological technician, Tanner, as he works to protect endangered silvery minnows in New Mexico.
2) Tanner's seine net, which is used to collect fish, is helping him mitigate fish loss in this dried out portion of the Rio Grande!
3) Along with his authentic U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mud-stained uniform, Tanner is wearing a face mask to help reduce the spread of COVID-19
After extensive research, we found the yellow-billed cuckoo still meets the criteria to receive protection as a threatened species. Thanks to the many partners who helped with data collection.
Today we remember all those who tragically lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We honor the brave souls who sacrificed to protect our freedom and the innocent people who lost friends, family, and neighbors.
Photo: Bald eagle by USFWS
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On 9/11, we lost one of our own: Richard Guadagno. He was an exemplary biologist, national wildlife refuge manager, and law enforcement officer. Richard is one of the heroes who sacrificed his life on United Flight 93 that day: http://ow.ly/859850BnM2H & http://ow.ly/VoFP50BnM36
#Honor911 #September11 #UnitedFlight93
Photo of Richard Guadagno
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Increased rainfall and cooler temperatures tell the ringed salamander that it’s time to breed. These secretive salamanders make their way to ponds where hundreds may gather through early November. Each female may lay more than 30 eggs! This species is primarily found in the Ozarks and Ouachitas.
The American burying beetle, North America’s largest carrion beetle, is recovering. Population numbers are higher, and adequate protections are in place thanks to the efforts of a wide array of partners across its range. In 1989, the beetle was known in only two locations – Oklahoma and Block Island, Rhode Island. Now, the beetle is known to exist in eight states, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is downlisting it from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
The desert cottontail lives in arid areas of the western United States, including sagebrush country. It’s found from Montana down to Texas, and in parts of California and Nevada. These rabbits dart about up to 15 miles per hour in a zigzag pattern to get away from predators.
You’re most likely to see one in early morning or late in the afternoon or evening. Have you spotted any rabbits lately?
#DesertCottontail #Rabbit #Wyoming
Photo: A desert cottontail spotted in Wyoming by Pedro 'Pete' Ramirez, Jr./#USFWS
Anahuac, McFaddin, and Texas Point National Wildlife Refuges along the Texas Gulf Coast received little damage from Hurricane Laura. Areas and lands that were closed during the hurricane have re-opened. All previous COVID-19 closures remain in effect. Please visit refuge websites for visitor information.
Anahuac NWR has temporarily changed operations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Some refuge lands are closed to the public.
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Who’s ready to dash into the weekend? The pronghorn is North America’s fastest land mammal – adults can run nearly 60 miles per hour. Pronghorn fawns are born in spring and their mothers care for them through their first year. When they are first born, pronghorn young hide in vegetation while their mothers find food – within several days, however, baby pronghorn can run faster than people! By summer, they forage for food with their mothers and other young pronghorn.
Photo: Pronghorn fawn spotted Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming by Tom Koerner/USFWS.
Hurricane Laura made landfall around 1:00am CT over Lake Charles, Louisiana. Although the storm tracked slightly further east than originally forecast, the north Texas coast received winds and rain from the storm as well as local evacuation orders. As soon as conditions are deemed safe and staff return to the area, damage assessments at Anahuac, McFaddin, and Texas Point National Wildlife Refuges will begin. These refuges remain closed until further notice.
August 25, 2020 Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge along the Texas Gulf Coast are closed due to preparations for Hurricane Laura. Refuge lands and facilities will remain closed until it is safe to reopen. Please check Refuge websites for updates.
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Hunt Plan for Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge
Secretary Bernhardt, through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is proposing to open or expand hunting and fishing opportunities at 97 national wildlife refuges and 9 national fish hatcheries across more than 2.3 million acres. This continues the Administration’s focus on increasing access to public lands.
Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is part of that effort. In accordance with Secretarial Orders 3356 and 3366, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge has developed a draft hunt plan for the refuge. Commenting on the draft is open until Monday, June 8.
See more information at: https://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=6442461516&fbclid=IwAR2eqqEvnLAH9Vf6ZQ8NVjz6nm5hbKQmU_E9zK9Fpo8lVDfq1s2H8vQQhrY.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents uncovered approximately 1200 protected ornate and three-toed box turtles that were poached from Oklahoma then entered into the black market reptile trade.
Approximately 1000 of these box turtles were marketed before agents got involved in this case: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndok/pr/new-jersey-man-pleads-guilty-smuggling-over-1000-illegally-collected-box-turtles
Most of these turtles were recovered and are being homed at reptile sanctuaries. Unfortunately, most of these terrapins can’t be released back into the wild because they have been housed in poor conditions and around exotic species with illnesses and diseases that could impact native wildlife.
The Service was able to release approximately 25-50 turtles back into the habitats from which they were stolen.
More on the fight against wildlife trafficking: https://www.fws.gov/international/wildlife-trafficking/index.html
#WonderfulWednesday for Mexican wolves
It is definitely a #WonderfulWednesday for Mexican wolves. Another trail cam in New Mexico recently captured this video showing seven wolf pups with the Frieborn pack in New Mexico.
Five pups from the Endangered Wolf Center in Missouri were fostered into the Frieborn Pack this past spring. Cross-fostering is a proven way to introduce pups into the litter of an experienced wild female to improve genetic diversity of the wild population. It's great to see this year's foster pups thriving alongside their wild-born foster family.
Cross-fostered Mexican wolf pups
These Mexican wolf pups are here to give you that #FridayFeeling with their cuteness. Two of the seven pups seen here via a trail cam were cross-fostered into the pack earlier this year. The Service and our partners are glad to see them all doing well!
Video: Collared adult Mexican wolves and seven pups are seen eating and exploring via a trail cam in New Mexico. Credit USFWS
Adoptive Fathers for Masked Bobwhite Quail
Happy father's day! Fatherhood isn't just for genetic parents. It's also for adoptive dads and mentors! Mentorship has an important role in the wild, and even in wildlife conservation.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists have brought male northern bobwhite quail from Texas to the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Arizona to mentor native masked bobwhite quail chicks. These chicks need a wild adult quail to teach them how to survive in the wild around predators such as snakes and hawks. This adoption program has paid off. For the first time, reintroduction efforts have succeeded. The chicks survived the winter at the same rate as northern bobwhite. This wild population of masked bobwhites is still going strong!
Video by Meluso Productions, University of New Mexico
Music: Calabazar de Sagua, by Gnawledge
Texas Fatmucket in San Saba River
It's #MeetYourMusselMonday Take a dive with us into a day in the life of a freshwater mussel. Watch as USFWS biologists on the San Saba River in Central Texas spot a gravid female Texas Fatmucket (Lampsilis bracteata) using her mantel tissue as a fishing lure to attract a host fish.
Freshwater mussel glochidia (juveniles) must parasitize a host fish until they are large enough to survive on there own but, no harm comes to the fish!
To learn more about the Texas Fatmucket please check out our January 29, 2018, post: http://ow.ly/I2US50uCBEC
Video: biologist submerges below a lake surface, close up on a shellfish waving its mantel tissue. Credit: Gary Pandolfi / USFWS
Texas Fatmucket Uses Mantle Tissue to Lure Fish.
Did you know that freshwater mussels are migratory fish? This fatmucket is using its mantel tissue to lure hosts, then their young hitch a ride in fish gills. Each mussels species has its own host.
Learn more about mussels: https://www.fws.gov/southwest/stories/2018/musselbiologists.html
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Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout released in a Sangre de Cristo Mountain stream, NM
It's the state fish of New Mexico, the Rio Grande cutthroat trout. The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program works in partnership with the NM Game and Fish to restore these beautiful native trout.
Endeavor to catch and release one this hot weekend in the cool streams of the northern mountains.
USFWS Fisheries Western Native Trout Initiative Craig Springer video
Heading out to Fair Park, Dallas this weekend for EarthX? Stop by and visit us in Centennial Hall. We have some really fun activities to try like tying fishing knots.
Tying fishing knots at EarthX
If you are EarthX stop by and visit us in Centennial Hall. We have some really fun activities like learning to tie fishing knots.
If you are at EarthX stop by Centennial Hall to meet our Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery staff and learn more about alligator snapping turtles and alligator gar!
Photo credit - USFWS
We are getting setup EarthX at Fair Park, TX Dallas, TX. Please stop by and visit us in the Centennial Building. #EarthX2019
A fish's eye view of Apache trout spawning
Here's a fish's eye view of biologists spawning threatened Apache trout at Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery. This male Apache trout had just been stripped of his milt. This stock is bred yearly at the hatchery, for your angling pleasure. The trout's name honors its first conservators, the White Mountain Apache Tribe, in whose waters this fish swims. The Arizona Game & Fish Department relies on the national fish hatchery for its Apache trout eggs.
Learn more about Williams Creek NFH and Apache trout recovery: https://www.fws.gov/southwest/stories/2019/ApacheTrout.html
Check Apache trout off your bucket list this spring. Learn about Apache trout angling opportunities: https://www.wmatoutdoor.org/
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From fisheries biologists and education specialists to genetics technicians and wildlife inspectors, the fearless females of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show us what it means to be a #ScienceWoman with their work in conservation every day.
Thanks for your continued dedication and #HappyInternationalWomensDay! #IWD2019
Conserving Jumping Mice at Bosque Del Apache
Follow U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region biologists at the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, where they work to conserve the endangered New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse.
Video Courtesy of Meluso Productions - University of New Mexico
Special Thanks to Laurel Ladwig Photography
Song "Kusumaning Ati (Flamenco Version)" by Q6 http://ccmixter.org/files/Q6/44999
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Contribute to citizen-science this weekend in the Great Backyard Bird Count! Whether you’re an expert or a first-time birder, you can help create a snapshot of bird populations by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Want to know how to participate? Watch our video to learn the basics of doing your own count.
Learn more at http://gbbc.birdcount.org
Certified Cool: Biologists spawn threatened Apache trout at Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery. The trout's name honors its first conservators, the White Mountain Apache Tribe, in whose waters this fish swims. The Arizona Game & Fish Department relies on the national fish hatchery for its Apache trout eggs. Resolve in 2019 to go catch an Apache trout. Western Native Trout Initiative Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program USFWS Fisheries Trout Unlimited Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Video: Craig Springer/USFWS
You never know what you might see when you're out wildlife watching on a refuge. Rangers spotted this mother American alligator and her striped babies on the Rail Trail this afternoon at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Turn up your volume and you can hear the juveniles calling for their mother. Stay curious, but stay safe, and always remember to give wild animals their space!
Video by Zach Piotrowski/USFWS
Texas Fatmucket Uses Mantle Tissue to Lure Fish.
Texas fatmucket uses mantle tissue to attract fish.
An endangered black-footed ferret (North America's only native ferret) filmed this week after being released in northern New Mexico.
A local landowner worked with State and Federal officials to establish this new release site on his land.
The species was twice presumed extinct before being found again in 1981. Today, all of the world’s BFF (a few hundred wild animals and a couple hundred more captive ones) come from that one WY ranch and the seven animals that contributed to the captive population.
This guy was very photogenic.
TCC South President Peter Jordan releases monarch
USFWS staff participated in the Mayor's Monarch Summit hosted at Tarrant County College.
Thirty-seven mayors, commissioners and other elected officials from Tarrant County were invited to develop a collaborative strategy to aid in the recovery of the monarch butterfly.
Participants had the opportunity to learn about the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program at our educational booth before and after the Summit.
At the end of the event wild, captured and tagged monarchs were released.
Look at this majestic creature! Alligator gar have two rows of teeth on their upper jaw and can be up to 10 feet in length. They live mostly in slower moving rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries along the Gulf of Mexico, but they have also been found further out in saltwater.
Alligator gar populations have substantially decreased over the past 50 years for several reasons - over-harvesting and reduced habitat to name a few. If you net or catch one of them, please consider catch and release.
This video was taken by Ryan Hagerty/USFWS while working on research with Biologist Kayla Kimmel of our Baton Rouge, Louisiana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. St. Catherine Creek NWR, Mississippi.
The Urban Conservation Corps inspired Hannah to pursue a career she never imagined. Now she's a ranger at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Who will be in the next batch of rangers coming into the service?
The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps - New Mexico is accepting applications for the next Urban Conservation Corps crew. The UCC works on public lands, like Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, to build trails AND strong character! Want to make a difference in your life, or know someone who would benefit from this type of experience? Apply at https://corpsmember-youthcorps.icims.com/jobs/search?hashed=-435596540
Gila trout, Mineral Creek, New Mexico
Mineral Creek originates near the historic ghost town of Mogollon, New Mexico. It harbors a restored population of Gila trout. Once endangered, now threatened, anglers can enjoy casting to these beautiful yellow trout, thanks to the endeavors of the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office Mora National Fish Hatchery NM Game and Fish and Gila National Forest. USFWS Fisheries #FirstCatch #NationalFishingandBoatingWeek Takemefishing #WNTI Western Native Trout Initiative Video Craig Springer/USFWS
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A lions share of the recovery work for this species was carried out by citizen scientists around Tucson, Arizona, who conducted surveys from their backyards, counting the flying cheesy poofs that visted their backyard hummingbird feeders at night.
Learn more about the recovery from this case study: https://usbr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=d806143e03134ebcb0c24e23edfabce2
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Please stop killing wolves! Please allow the remaining Saffel pack wolves live in the wild. They need to roam free. They are essential to ecosystems.
Does anyone know when the wildlife refuge by McFadden beach will be opening up for crabbing?
I made a video for all of the shut ins who are missing the great outdoors.
I am having difficulty with property destruction from large numbers of turkey vultures roosting in the top of a stand of ponderosa pine trees located on my property. How can I make them leave. The trees are 80 to 90 feet tall.
I shot this video a year ago at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge of the dawn fly out of Snow Geese. This is 4 minutes of a fly out that lasted a full 30 minutes. It was one of the most spectacular wildlife spectacles I have ever seen.
Say NO to Spring Creek Ranch ~ HELP Stop Irresponsible Over Development
I don't know if I'm "allowed" to post this here, but most people are unaware of the need right now. I don't work for the Audubon Society or the National Parks, I've nothing to gain personally other than the satisfaction in knowing I'm helping to protect our ecosystem...we're all interconnected!
Last night’s colorful sunset including Ocotillo. Kofa NWR AZ.
I got these photographs recently at the Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico. It is high on my list of favorite places to photograph.
At all times of the year there is something to image. In the winter I love the Snow Geese and in the summer these are replaced with not just the wildlife but the water planning yields the beautiful Lilly pads with there flowers.