Share with Wildlife | BISON-M
- Twelve new projects have been selected for Share with Wildlife funding in 2019. See the Applications-Reports tab for more 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
A New Cooter Location
The Western River Cooter is species of turtle that is of particular interest to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Very little is known about where it is found, what kind of habitat it needs at different life stages, and how it is doing in New Mexico. It is currently undergoing review by US Fish and Wildlife Service to determine whether it should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Thus, time is of the essence in terms of answering some fundamental questions about this species and its status.
Dr. Ivana Mali and students at Eastern New Mexico University are using funds from the Share with Wildlife program, and other sources, to help fill some of the information gaps about the cooter. In 2018, Dr. Mali conducted surveys at two sites on the Black River in southeastern New Mexico that she and her team surveyed in previous years.
Based on Dr. Mali’s data from the past two years, this turtle is relatively abundant at both the survey areas and there are many hatchlings, which is potentially good news in terms of the sustainability of the population on the Black River. However, multiple years of data are needed to know how well the population is really doing and how many of these hatchlings, and older turtles, survive one or more years.
Very exciting news from the 2018 turtle survey season is that Dr. Mali was able to confirm a sighting of cooters in Chaves County. The fact that more than one live cooter was observed this year in Chaves County, relatively far north of Brantley Dam, its previously identified northernmost extent, is good news for this species. Also new this year, Dr. Mali and her team collaborated with the Desert Willow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Carlsbad, New Mexico to x-ray larger turtles to assess reproductive condition of females and determine whether individuals of either gender have ingested fish hooks.
Call for 2019 Projects
The Share with Wildlife projects for 2019 have been selected (see list below). The Call for Project Information for Share with Wildlife projects for 2020 will be released in spring, 2019.
2019 Share with Wildlife Projects
|Research||Evaluation of the risk of novel pathogen transmission via riparian restoration on the Mimbres River of southwestern New Mexico|
|Research||Distribution and habitat selection by the Peñasco least chipmunk|
|Research||Status assessment of the Arizona black rattlesnake in New Mexico|
|Research||Full-season productivity and habitat associations for gray vireos|
|Research||Bendire’s thrasher nest survival and juvenile survival in relation to land management in New Mexico|
|Research||Genetic status assessment of Chihuahua chub in the Mimbres basin|
|Research||Establishing viable imperiled springsnail refuge populations at the Albuquerque BioPark Aquatic Conservation Facility, NM|
|Education||BEMP fauna, floodplains, and fieldwork|
|Education||Creating the next generation of riparian habitat stewards|
|Connecting students to wildlife and habitats in New Mexico/Wildlife rehabilitation|
|Rehabilitation||Desert Willow Wildlife Rehabilitation|
|Rehabilitation||Wildlife Rescue Inc. of 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 email@example.com with questions.
In fall 2017, Share with Wildlife helped support a habitat restoration project spearheaded by the Fisheries Management Division at the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. This project was carried out along a portion of the Rio Costilla up in northern New Mexico. This stretch of river had become wide and very shallow. The goal of the project was to improve overwintering habitat for native fishes, including the Rio Grande chub and sucker, by improving the structural diversity of the channel, the complexity of the cross sectional profile, and the availability of deeper pools that can potentially provide overwintering habitat. Photos were taken at one site along the larger stream restoration area pre-restoration and just after the project had been implemented.
To access other project reports, please visit the Share with Wildlife search on the BISON-M website:
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.
If you want your dollars to go even further in supporting non-game wildlife, consider donating to Share with Wildlife and purchasing a Habitat Management Access Validation simultaneously. Click here for more information about donating and here for information on our State Game Commission Lands
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. It may take 6-10 weeks to receive your trout plate from MVD.
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.