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.
- 2018 is the Year of the Bird! See the Applications-Reports tab for further information.
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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
Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation
Looking for a fun, educational family outing on a Saturday? Want to learn more about New Mexico’s wildlife? Have you found an injured or sick wild animal? The New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) in Española can help. The Center has over 30 educational animals that you can see and learn about in self-guided tours. If you want more information about species habitats, adaptation, conservation, and biology, you can schedule a Raptor or Native Wildlife Program presentation for different age groups; all you have to do is call or email the Center. The Center also has a lovely native plant garden that they are continually working to expand and boasts many pollinator-friendly
The Center also has special educational events. One such special event was a celebration of Migratory Bird Day held in May, 2018. This event included flight demonstrations by, and educational presentations regarding, several of the educational animals at the Center, as well as feeding demonstrations, presentations on wildlife rehabilitation, and an artwork station. The Center also has a fully developed science curriculum that they present to students at several schools in northern New Mexico, including in the Española Valley. The curriculum is focused on river ecology and includes evaluation of water quality through measurements of both abiotic parameters (e.g., temperature and pH) and the local biotic community (i.e., macroinvertebates). Students sort through collections of aquatic insects, determining whether they are species that can tolerate pollution.
The Center also provides full wildlife rehabilitation services. If you live in northern New Mexico and you’ve found a wild animal that appears to be injured, ill, or otherwise incapacitated and may need help, call the Center first. Their staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about wildlife biology and health. They will be able to tell you whether it is appropriate to move the animal and either bring it to their facility or meet with a volunteer transporter somewhere in the middle if you live far away from Española.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate 2018 as the “Year of the Bird.” The Year of the Bird will provide an opportunity for people everywhere to recommit themselves to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. Through 12 months of storytelling, science, and conservation, Year of the Bird will examine how our changing environment is driving dramatic losses among bird species around the globe and highlight what we can do help reverse this negative trend. For September, help birds on their journey. Window collisions are a major cause of bird deaths. Turn off lights at night and make your windows bird-friendly.
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.