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Share with Wildlife

Share with Wildlife to assist all New Mexico wildlife in need, no matter what species. Background photo by Mark Watson.

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.

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BISON-M Database of New Mexico wildlife species

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.

Ginny Seamster
BISON-M / Share with Wildlife Coordinator
Ecological and Environmental Planning
505-476-8111
virginia.seamster@state.nm.us

Biota Information System of New Mexico (BISON-M) website

Project Highlights

Surveying for Rare Chipmunks

Species identification skills are very valuable to wildlife biologists, especially those doing surveys to determine if rare species of conservation concern are present in an area. Those skills can require extensive knowledge of the species of interest, especially when multiple closely-related species are present in a given area. It doesn’t get much harder than telling some small mammal species apart and the Peñasco least chipmunk is a prime example.

Share with Wildlife – Project Highlight: Surveying for Rare Chipmunks

Peñasco least chipmunk. (Jennifer Frey)

This chipmunk species has not been documented in New Mexico since 2000 and, given that it is a candidate for federal Endangered Species Act listing, it is important to have up-to-date information on its distribution and status. The Peñasco least chipmunk is very similar in appearance to the gray-footed chipmunk, which is much more common and is found in the same mountain ranges that boast habitat suitable for the least chipmunk. How do you tell these chipmunks apart? You have to get up close and personal and examine their coloring, stripe patterns, and even measure an ear and hind foot. You can’t do all of this without permits and permissions, not to mention an extensive knowledge of not only the focal species, but the rest of the local small mammal community.

Share with Wildlife – Project Highlight: Surveying for Rare Chipmunks

Small mammal traps set to live trap chipmunks. (Ginny Seamster)

Share with Wildlife – Project Highlight: Surveying for Rare Chipmunks

Putting trapped chipmunk in a bag for measurement. (Ginny Seamster)

Share with Wildlife – Project Highlight: Surveying for Rare Chipmunks

Measuring gray-footed chipmunk. (Ginny Seamster)

Enter Dr. Jennifer Frey. Dr. Frey has been studying small mammals for over three decades and has conducted surveys for many species, including the Peñasco least chipmunk. She has been working to determine what kind of habitat is the most suitable for the least chipmunk. This has involved considerable detective work and analysis of many historical chipmunk specimens collected in New Mexico. What is the upshot? Peñasco least chipmunks like open grassy areas with rocks and downed logs as cover objects. It historically thrived in ponderosa pine savanna forests in the Sacramento Mountains. It is likely that it could do well in more heavily forested areas, but it is excluded by the presence of a competitor species, the gray-footed chipmunk. Dr. Frey was able to gain access to and conduct surveys on Lookout Mountain in cooperation with Lincoln National Forest and the Mescalero Apache Tribe. The surveys were successful in detecting three least chipmunks in subalpine grassland habitat. This is an exciting find and a new location for this species!

Share with Wildlife – Project Highlight: Surveying for Rare Chipmunks

Suitable least chipmunk habitat Lookout Mountain. (Jennifer Frey)

There is much we still need to learn about the Peñasco least chipmunk but one thing is now certain based on Dr. Frey’s research – the chipmunk is still in New Mexico and can inhabit areas markedly different from where it was previously expected to be found.

Recent Highlights

Call for 2018 Projects

The call for 2018 projects will be posted here when it is open. Anticipated opening date for the call is April 3rd, 2017. In the meantime, please contact virginia.seamster@state.nm.us with questions.

2017 Share with Wildlife Projects

Category Title
Education and Rehabilitation Wildlife education and rehablitation.
Rehabilitation Assuring the return of healthy native wildlife to the wild
Research Building water literacy through playa and river festivals in New Mexico
 Research Connecting youth in headwaters communities with watershed science and stewardship
Research eDNA detection of invaders and fish species of greatest conservation need in the lower Pecos River system
Research Population size estimation of breeding red-faced and Grace’s warblers in pine woodlands of New Mexico
Research Phase II: Demography of western river cooter (Pseudemys gorzugi) population within the Black River drainage
Research Evaluation of the distribution and conservation status of the Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum) in southwest New Mexico
Research White-tailed ptarmigan and alpine willow distribution in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico
Research Manzano Mountains raptor migration and wildlife education project

 

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.

Campaign Contribution Disclosure Form

Compliance with Government Conduct Act

Substitute Form W-9

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 dgf.permits@state.nm.us with questions.

Highlighted Report

Native Fish of the Canadian River - Poster by Lateral Lines (Funded by Share with Wildlife, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish)

Native fishes of the Canadian River, New Mexico: The New Mexican river flowing from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains

This two-sided poster provides information on the distribution and biology of the native fishes of the Canadian River drainage. The poster, developed by Lateral Lines, is the product of a Share with Wildlife project funded in 2015. To obtain copies of the poster, please contact Ginny Seamster.

Canadian River Native Fish Poster - Lateral Lines

Reports

Archived Reports (Currently unavailable)

Donations

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!

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Donate Online 

You can donate to Share with Wildlife through your Online Licensing System account by clicking Customer Login located at the top of this website:

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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:

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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.

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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.