Share with Wildlife | BISON-M
Share with Wildlife projects for FY18 have been selected. See the Applications-Reports tab for additional details.
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Share with Wildlife
Share with Wildlife is a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish program initiated in 1981 that depends on donations from the public. Its mission is to help those species that do not receive funding from any other source. The program funds four categories of wildlife projects: research, education, habitat enhancement, and rehabilitation. It receives much of its funding through the state income tax check-off program. It is also supported through Share with Wildlife license plate sales and direct donations. Matching federal funds maximize the program’s support of New Mexico’s wildlife. (Hummingbird photo above by Mark Watson.)
What kind of projects does Share with Wildlife support? The video below highlights raptor surveys by HawkWatch International which Share with Wildlife supported for many years.
Biota Information System of New Mexico (BISON-M) provides information on the legal status and biology of thousands of species found in New Mexico. Information can be obtained for individual species (Species Booklets), counties (County Lists), and via more advanced queries (Database Query and Power Search). BISON-M is a living database maintained by both Natural Heritage New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Please contact the BISON-M/Share with Wildlife Coordinator, Ginny Seamster with any comments or recommendations for species account updates.
BISON-M / Share with Wildlife Coordinator
Ecological and Environmental Planning
Gila Monsters – Enough Said!
Who doesn’t love Gila monsters? They are brightly colored, have unique, bead-like structures on their skeletons, and are quite large for a lizard. Unfortunately, their popularity and uniqueness makes them a target for illegal collection and commercialization. They are also sometimes killed because they are venomous and perceived as a threat. The fact that the Gila monster is listed as endangered by New Mexico, and that a recovery plan was recently approved for this species, demonstrates that it’s time to set the score straight on the Gila monster and see what can be done to conserve it.
Using funds from the Share with Wildlife program, Tom Giermakowski and Ian Latella from the University of New Mexico, working with multiple graduate and undergraduate students, are trying to determine the best way to survey for this surprisingly elusive species, as well as determine which areas in the southwestern corner of the state are best for monitoring the Gila monster long-term.
How hard is it to find a big lizard that is colored as though it is always ready to go to a Halloween party? The answer is: surprisingly difficult. Because Gila monsters are fairly large and depend on bird eggs and young mammals for food, they tend to be out and about much less than other reptiles. Fortunately, while it may be hard to actually see a Gila monster in person, this species leaves behind remarkably distinct tracks. Thus, even if you don’t happen to be in the right canyon bottom at the right time, you might still see fairly undeniable sign that Gila monsters are in the area. In the future, the use of fiber optic cameras to explore potential or known Gila monster shelters might also prove a fruitful approach to studying this species and its distribution.
Call for 2018 Projects
Projects that will start in 2018 have been selected (see list below). A call for 2019 projects will be released in spring, 2018.
2018 Share with Wildlife Projects
|Education||Science interns: Increasing students’ knowledge of NM wildlife|
|Education/Rehabilitation||Connecting students to wildlife and habitats in New Mexico/Wildlife rehabilitation|
|Rehabilitation||Desert Willow Wildlife Rehabilitation|
|Rehabilitation||Wildlife Rescue Incorporated of New Mexico|
|Research||Demographic and genetic status of a reintroduced river otter population in north-central New Mexico|
|Research||Distribution, abundance, and habitat selection by the Peñasco least chipmunk (Tamias minimus atristriatus) revealed by N-mixture models|
|Research||Surveys for western river cooter (Pseudemys gorzugi) in the Pecos River drainage and its tributaries|
|Research||Early detection of Pd in New Mexico|
|Research||Distribution of the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in New Mexico|
|Habitat||Bendire’s thrasher (Toxostoma bendirei) nest survival and juvenile condition and survival in relation to land management in New Mexico|
Forms for Share with Wildlife Contractors
These forms are provided for informational purposes to individuals and organizations submitting a proposal to the Share with Wildlife program in response to an active Call For Project Information. These forms should not be submitted to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish unless an employee of the Department directly contacts you and requests that you fill them out as part of the process of implementing a professional services contract for a new Share with Wildlife project.
Scientific Collection and Education Permit Application
Applicants for a Share with Wildlife project who intend to capture and handle animals or use live animals and/or animal parts for educational purposes for their project may need to obtain a scientific collection permit or educational program permit from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Please see the Special Use Permits page for more information and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Surveys for the Peñasco least chipmunk (Tamias minimus atristriatus) 2016
This report by Frey Biological Research and Bosque Wildlife and Habitat provides valuable new information regarding the persistence of the Peñasco least chipmunk in New Mexico and this species’ habitat associations. This research was funded by Share with Wildlife in 2016.
- Baseline Genetics Studies Native Gila River Basin Fish Pilger-Turner
- Bats And Water Landscape Level Conservation Taylor
- Birds Of A Feather Explore Together Strang
- Breeding Biology Black-throated Gray Warbler Gorbet
- Captive Propagation State-listed Springsnails New Mexico Rogowski
- Conservation Assessment Anasazi Skipper Natural Resource Institute
- Cool Season Activity Meadow Jumping Mouse Middle Rio Grande Final Wright-Frey
- Distribution Northern Leopard Frog Final Christman
- Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Surveys Lesser Prairie-chicken Conservation Areas Final Hill
- Evaluation Great Plains Narrowmouth Toad Habitat Griffis-Kyle
- Extinction Potential Selected New Mexico Lizards Due Climate Change Final Giermakowski-Snell
- Genetic Analysis And Habitat Assessment Iron Creek Woodlandsnail Slaughter-Boykin
- Gil Conservation Education Center Outdoor Education Days Hurley
- Gray Vireo Surveys Santo Domingo Final Sager
- Habitat Use Narrow -headed Gartersnake Final Jennings -Christman
- Middle Rio Grande Birds And Vegetation Hawks Aloft
- Migration Studies Manzano Mountains HawkWatch International
- Non-invasive Monitoring Protocols Organ Mountains Chipmunk Frey
- RAVEN Application WRI Rehabilitation Data Final Russell-Harden
- Resilience For Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Final Bain
- Restoration Gunnison Prairie Dogs Colony Establishment Phillips-Long
- Roost Microclimate 9 Bat Hibernacula Across New Mexico Final Buecher
- Sacramento Mountain Checkerspot Genetic Study Ryan-Milligan
- Status White-sided Jackrabbit New Mexico Final Traphagen
- Wildlife Center Conservation Education Eagleson
- Wildlife Rehabilitation And Education WildlifeRescue Inc New Mexico
Archived Reports (Currently unavailable)
New Mexico wildlife needs your help! Share with Wildlife funds numerous projects related to wildlife habitat enhancement, wildlife-related education, wildlife rehabilitation, and research on wildlife biology and ecology every year. All projects are made possible through donations made by members of the public.
To make a donation, you may donate part of the refund on your state tax return; purchase a Share with Wildlife license plate or make any dollar amount donation online (minimum $2; see more information below); or mail in a check using this donation form. All donated funds go to supporting wildlife; none are used for administrative costs.
Thank you for your support of New Mexico’s wildlife!Share with Wildlife - Donation Form (Word) Share with Wildlife - Donation Form (PDF)
New Mexico Wildlife License Plate
Download the PDF to support wildlife by ordering the Share with Wildlife license plate. PDF made available from MVD New Mexico. The Rio Grande cutthroat trout plate is only available through the mail starting October 23rd, 2017.
On the Online Licensing System website (shown below) please enter your Username (or Customer ID or Email) and Password, and then click the Login button:
Once you are logged in, if you only wish to donate to Share with Wildlife, click on the Share with Wildlife button on the home page:
Type any dollar amount (minimum $2.00) you wish to donate in the Enter Donation Amount box (shown below) and click Review Order:
Dismiss any pop-up windows (shown below) regarding purchasing other items by clicking the OK button:
Click the Add to Cart button (shown below) at the top of the Review Order page:
On the next screen, click Checkout and continue on to complete your purchase.
Once you are logged in, if you are purchasing other items through the Online Licensing System, go to License Sales | General License Sales from the Main Menu (shown below):
After you read the Terms of Agreement on the next page and click the Continue button, you will see a list of Available Products. Locate the Share with Wildlife Donation product ($10 donation only) OR the Share with Wildlife Extra Donation product ($2.00 minimum donation; type dollar amount in Enter Donation Amount box) and click the check box next to (add to order). Click the Review Order button:
Dismiss any pop-up windows (shown above) regarding purchasing other items by clicking the OK button. Click the Add to Cart button (shown above) at the top of the Review Order page. On the next screen, click Checkout and continue on to complete your purchase.