New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office

New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office Communicating the latest information on activities of the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. Located in Albuquerque, the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office conducts conservation activities throughout New Mexico and adjacent states.

Major activity areas include: endangered species monitoring, endangered species augmentation evaluation, and nonnative species control in the San Juan River Basin; monitoring, rescue, salvage, augmentation coordination, and tagging of endangered Rio Grande Silvery Minnow in the Middle Rio Grande Basin; fish community monitoring in the Pecos and Canadian River Basins; recovery actions for Gila Trou

Major activity areas include: endangered species monitoring, endangered species augmentation evaluation, and nonnative species control in the San Juan River Basin; monitoring, rescue, salvage, augmentation coordination, and tagging of endangered Rio Grande Silvery Minnow in the Middle Rio Grande Basin; fish community monitoring in the Pecos and Canadian River Basins; recovery actions for Gila Trou

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Thomas Archdeacon was presented with the USFWS Southwest Region's award for Scientific Excellence. This award recognizes...
08/05/2021

Thomas Archdeacon was presented with the USFWS Southwest Region's award for Scientific Excellence.

This award recognizes an individual or a team who has addressed a natural resources management challenge, through the application of science.

Thomas leads the Middle Rio Grande program at the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. He was the lead author on four scientific publications in 2020 that examine the status, life history, and effects of management on Rio Grande silvery minnow.

Congratulations Thomas!

Congratulations to Angela Palacios on her new position with the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. Angela will be stat...
06/29/2021

Congratulations to Angela Palacios on her new position with the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. Angela will be stationed at the Achii Hanyo Native Fish Rearing Facility. Angela started with the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in 2008 on the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow crew. Over the years she maintained aquaculture facilities in the office and assisted with population surveys of fishes in rivers throughout New Mexico. Angela was also the lead biologist for education activities, such as Native Fish in the Classroom. We wish Angela Palacios lots of success and happiness in her new position.

Congratulations to Angela Palacios on her new position with the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. Angela will be stationed at the Achii Hanyo Native Fish Rearing Facility. Angela started with the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in 2008 on the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow crew. Over the years she maintained aquaculture facilities in the office and assisted with population surveys of fishes in rivers throughout New Mexico. Angela was also the lead biologist for education activities, such as Native Fish in the Classroom. We wish Angela Palacios lots of success and happiness in her new position.

A rough couple of weeks for our Rio Grande crew.  Thomas Archdeacon and Lyle Thomas are leading fish rescue crews as str...
06/29/2021

A rough couple of weeks for our Rio Grande crew. Thomas Archdeacon and Lyle Thomas are leading fish rescue crews as stretches of the Rio Grande go dry. Crews scout for the endangered Rio Grande Silvery Minnow left in isolated pools and haul them to flowing portions to give them a second chance. Unfortunately, we can’t help all the other aquatic life impacted by river drying.

#ConservationThroughParticipation Its the final round of our Gila bandana challenge. Be one of the first NINE to answer ...
06/28/2021

#ConservationThroughParticipation Its the final round of our Gila bandana challenge. Be one of the first NINE to answer the question about our native Gila fish correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user.

Round 9. This little dace is known to develop breeding tubercles and has a dark spot at the base of its tail. What is the scientific or common name of this fish species?

LAST ROUND! Get your bandana.

#ConservationThroughParticipation Its the final round of our Gila bandana challenge. Be one of the first NINE to answer the question about our native Gila fish correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user.

Round 9. This little dace is known to develop breeding tubercles and has a dark spot at the base of its tail. What is the scientific or common name of this fish species?

LAST ROUND! Get your bandana.

#EndangeredSpecies It's Friday and its time to be one of the first three to answer a question about our Gila native fish...
06/26/2021

#EndangeredSpecies It's Friday and its time to be one of the first three to answer a question about our Gila native fishes correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user, so if you've earned one, give others a chance.

Round 8. This endangered fish species have breeding males that develop red-orange coloring along the mouth and fins. The females tend to develop yellow coloring. What fish species is it? Common name or scientific name is acceptable.

#EndangeredSpecies It's Friday and its time to be one of the first three to answer a question about our Gila native fishes correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user, so if you've earned one, give others a chance.

Round 8. This endangered fish species have breeding males that develop red-orange coloring along the mouth and fins. The females tend to develop yellow coloring. What fish species is it? Common name or scientific name is acceptable.

#CatchTheFun Gila bandana challenge for a bandana featuring nine fishes native to the Gila River system in southwestern ...
06/23/2021

#CatchTheFun Gila bandana challenge for a bandana featuring nine fishes native to the Gila River system in southwestern New Mexico. First three to answer the question correctly earns themselves a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user.

Round 7. In New Mexico, we have two native trout species. Which trout is native to the Gila watershed? Common name or scientific name is acceptable.

#CatchTheFun Gila bandana challenge for a bandana featuring nine fishes native to the Gila River system in southwestern New Mexico. First three to answer the question correctly earns themselves a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user.

Round 7. In New Mexico, we have two native trout species. Which trout is native to the Gila watershed? Common name or scientific name is acceptable.

#GilaFish On the downhill slide, with four more chances to earn a Gila bandana. Be one of the first three to answer a qu...
06/22/2021

#GilaFish On the downhill slide, with four more chances to earn a Gila bandana. Be one of the first three to answer a question about our native Gila fish correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user.

Round 6. Not only does this fish give birth to live young instead of laying eggs, this fish also has the shortest life span of the Gila fish community. What fish species is it? Common name or scientific name is acceptable.

#GilaFish On the downhill slide, with four more chances to earn a Gila bandana. Be one of the first three to answer a question about our native Gila fish correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user.

Round 6. Not only does this fish give birth to live young instead of laying eggs, this fish also has the shortest life span of the Gila fish community. What fish species is it? Common name or scientific name is acceptable.

Biologists, Angela, Steve, and Weston say hello from the Pecos River.  They were on the lookout for the threatened Pecos...
06/21/2021

Biologists, Angela, Steve, and Weston say hello from the Pecos River. They were on the lookout for the threatened Pecos bluntnose shiner during fish community monitoring. While they were at it they also came across a rare find, the bigscale logperch.

#HealthyFisheries It's Friday! Who's ready to earn a bandana? Be one of the first three to answer a question about our G...
06/18/2021

#HealthyFisheries It's Friday! Who's ready to earn a bandana? Be one of the first three to answer a question about our Gila native fish correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user.

Round 5. Sometimes descriptions of fish are in the name. If we describe the fish by saying it has dark speckles and splotches, what fish are we talking about? Common name is acceptable.

#HealthyFisheries It's Friday! Who's ready to earn a bandana? Be one of the first three to answer a question about our Gila native fish correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user.

Round 5. Sometimes descriptions of fish are in the name. If we describe the fish by saying it has dark speckles and splotches, what fish are we talking about? Common name is acceptable.

#HealthyHabitats It's time for round 4 of our Gila challenge. Be one of the first three to answer a question about our n...
06/17/2021

#HealthyHabitats It's time for round 4 of our Gila challenge. Be one of the first three to answer a question about our native fishes correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user, so if you've earned one, give others a chance.

Round 4. This chub grows up to 13 inches long and can live up to 8 years? What is its scientific name?

#HealthyHabitats It's time for round 4 of our Gila challenge. Be one of the first three to answer a question about our native fishes correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user, so if you've earned one, give others a chance.

Round 4. This chub grows up to 13 inches long and can live up to 8 years? What is its scientific name?

#GilaRiver Round three of our Gila bandana challenge. The bandana features nine fishes native to the Gila River system i...
06/14/2021

#GilaRiver Round three of our Gila bandana challenge. The bandana features nine fishes native to the Gila River system in southwestern New Mexico. Be one of the first three to answer a question about our Gila native fish correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user, so if you've earned one, give others a chance.

Round 3. Breeding adults of this species develop a red-orange stripe along its lateral line. Common name or scientific name is acceptable.

#GilaRiver Round three of our Gila bandana challenge. The bandana features nine fishes native to the Gila River system in southwestern New Mexico. Be one of the first three to answer a question about our Gila native fish correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user, so if you've earned one, give others a chance.

Round 3. Breeding adults of this species develop a red-orange stripe along its lateral line. Common name or scientific name is acceptable.

#ConservationThroughParticipation We’re eager to share some Gila bandanas. The bandana features nine fishes native to th...
06/12/2021

#ConservationThroughParticipation We’re eager to share some Gila bandanas. The bandana features nine fishes native to the Gila River system in southwestern New Mexico. Be one of the first three to answer a question about our Gila native fish correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user.

Round 2. This endangered fish species have breeding males that turn a golden yellow. What fish species is it? Common name or scientific name is acceptable.

#ConservationThroughParticipation We’re eager to share some Gila bandanas. The bandana features nine fishes native to the Gila River system in southwestern New Mexico. Be one of the first three to answer a question about our Gila native fish correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user.

Round 2. This endangered fish species have breeding males that turn a golden yellow. What fish species is it? Common name or scientific name is acceptable.

It’s that time again.  Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council is hosting the 2021 Tribal Youth Environmental Summer Works...
06/10/2021

It’s that time again. Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council is hosting the 2021 Tribal Youth Environmental Summer Workshop. This year it will be a two- day virtual workshop. Join our fish biologist and other presenters to learn about fish biology, wildlife ecology, water quality and tradition ecological knowledge.

UPDATED! Deadline to REGISTER is July 2, 2021.

Visit http://www.enipc-oeta.org/ to download the application.

It’s that time again. Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council is hosting the 2021 Tribal Youth Environmental Summer Workshop. This year it will be a two- day virtual workshop. Join our fish biologist and other presenters to learn about fish biology, wildlife ecology, water quality and tradition ecological knowledge.

UPDATED! Deadline to REGISTER is July 2, 2021.

Visit http://www.enipc-oeta.org/ to download the application.

#NativeFish We’re eager to share some Gila bandanas. The bandana features nine fishes native to the Gila River system in...
06/09/2021

#NativeFish We’re eager to share some Gila bandanas. The bandana features nine fishes native to the Gila River system in southwestern New Mexico. Be one of the first three to answer a question about our Gila native fish correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user.

Round 1. This fish has a downward facing mouth. Both the upper and lower lip are fleshy (don't confuse it with the one that has a hard ridge on its upper lip). What fish species is it? Common name or scientific name is acceptable.

#NativeFish We’re eager to share some Gila bandanas. The bandana features nine fishes native to the Gila River system in southwestern New Mexico. Be one of the first three to answer a question about our Gila native fish correctly and earn yourself a bandana. One bandana per Facebook user.

Round 1. This fish has a downward facing mouth. Both the upper and lower lip are fleshy (don't confuse it with the one that has a hard ridge on its upper lip). What fish species is it? Common name or scientific name is acceptable.

#GilaFish Bandanas are in the house and we’re eager to share. The bandana features nine fishes native to the Gila River ...
06/08/2021

#GilaFish Bandanas are in the house and we’re eager to share. The bandana features nine fishes native to the Gila River system in southwestern New Mexico. Be one of the first three to answer a question about our native fishes correctly and earn yourself a bandana.

We will have nine rounds. Questions will be posted at 7 a.m. or 7 p.m (Monday, Wednesday, & Friday) starting June 9th through June 28th.

First round begins tomorrow at 7:00 a.m.

#GilaFish Bandanas are in the house and we’re eager to share. The bandana features nine fishes native to the Gila River system in southwestern New Mexico. Be one of the first three to answer a question about our native fishes correctly and earn yourself a bandana.

We will have nine rounds. Questions will be posted at 7 a.m. or 7 p.m (Monday, Wednesday, & Friday) starting June 9th through June 28th.

First round begins tomorrow at 7:00 a.m.

05/28/2021
A Camouflaged Plains Killifish Hiding in Plain Sight

#FishFriday Sand abounds in our semi-arid desert climate, including in our river systems. Native species adapt to their environment in so many ways, even our fish. Check out the sand-like patterns of the plains killifish found in Revuelto Creek, a tributary to the Canadian River. A native fish species of the Canadian and Pecos river systems, we’d say the fish is right where it’s supposed to be.

Video credit: Angela Palacios/USFWS

#WetlandsWednesday As we continue to celebrate American Wetlands Month, take a virtual tour of Ramsar sites in the Unite...
05/26/2021
Wetlands of International Importance

#WetlandsWednesday As we continue to celebrate American Wetlands Month, take a virtual tour of Ramsar sites in the United States.

Turning 50 this year, the Convention on Wetlands is the oldest of the modern global intergovernmental environmental agreements. The treaty was negotiated through the 1960s by countries and non - governmental organizations concerned about the increasing loss and degradation of wetland habitat for migratory waterbirds. It was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975.

The first Ramsar sites in the United States were established in 1986 and today there are 41 designated Ramsar sites of international importance. Twenty-three of these include all or parts of U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Wildlife Refuges. In total, there are more than 2,400 Ramsar sites around the world representing an area larger than the size of Mexico.

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands turns 50

05/21/2021
Peppered chub of the Canadian River, New Mexico

#FishFriday Salt or pepper, that is the question. We’ll take pepper in honor of our peppered chub of the Canadian River. The New Mexico FWCO joined up with NM Game and Fish earlier this month to tackle seasonal fish monitoring for this lively little fish. With its two distinct pairs of barbels and specks of black, it makes for a captivating specimen. Fish Biologist, Angela Palacios, was so excited to see these two peppered chub she had to drop everything to grab a video. The peppered chub are currently being evaluated for proposed listing as endangered.

Video credit: Angela Palacios/USFWS
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#WetlandsWednesday  Wetlands provide habitat for fish, wildlife and plants, recharge groundwater, reduce flooding, provi...
05/19/2021
USFWS - AWM - The National Wetlands Inventory

#WetlandsWednesday Wetlands provide habitat for fish, wildlife and plants, recharge groundwater, reduce flooding, provide clean drinking water, and support numerous cultural and recreational activities. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) provides detailed information on the abundance, characteristics, and distribution of our nation’s wetlands. Check out the NWI’s wetland mapper to view America’s wetland resources.

Web site of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

New Mexico FWCO fish biologists, not to be outdone by biologists getting viral coverage of a lake sturgeon, seined in a ...
05/13/2021

New Mexico FWCO fish biologists, not to be outdone by biologists getting viral coverage of a lake sturgeon, seined in a 0.01 pound minnow believed to be at least 1 year old. A crew of two was needed to lift it up out of the water and get it measured.

In 1993, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began fish surveys of the Rio Grande system to better understand the Rio Grande silvery minnow population. The Rio Grande silvery minnow was listed as endangered the following year in 1994. Silvery minnow are a short-lived species often only living one to two years in the wild.

Working that photo angle cause “non-charismatic microfauna" need love too!

Check out Alpena's post here: https://www.facebook.com/AlpenaFWCO/photos/a.358071017664100/2104591459678705/

Photo credit: Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office/USFWS with a fish story twist by Josh Grant featuring Fish Biologist, Thomas Archdeacon and our legendary Rio Grande silvery minnow.

New Mexico FWCO fish biologists, not to be outdone by biologists getting viral coverage of a lake sturgeon, seined in a 0.01 pound minnow believed to be at least 1 year old. A crew of two was needed to lift it up out of the water and get it measured.

In 1993, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began fish surveys of the Rio Grande system to better understand the Rio Grande silvery minnow population. The Rio Grande silvery minnow was listed as endangered the following year in 1994. Silvery minnow are a short-lived species often only living one to two years in the wild.

Working that photo angle cause “non-charismatic microfauna" need love too!

Check out Alpena's post here: https://www.facebook.com/AlpenaFWCO/photos/a.358071017664100/2104591459678705/

Photo credit: Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office/USFWS with a fish story twist by Josh Grant featuring Fish Biologist, Thomas Archdeacon and our legendary Rio Grande silvery minnow.

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