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Share with Wildlife | BISON-M

New Updates! 

2018 is the Year of the Bird! See the Applications-Reports tab for further information.

Support wildlife by ordering the New Mexico Wildlife License Plate - Trout

Starting October 23rd, 2017, order your Share with Wildlife Rio Grande cutthroat trout license plate through the mail! Click here for the order form. (Available from MVD). It may take 6-10 weeks to receive your trout plate from MVD.

Click on the tab headings to learn more about Share with Wildlife and the BISON-M database.

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.


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

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

Project Highlights

Raptor Migration Surveys

Share with Wildlife, New Mexico – Project Highlight: Raptor Migration Surveys

View from HWI’s Manzano Mountains monitoring site. (Ginny Seamster)

Some species of birds migrate and, due to local topography, distribution of water and food, and other factors, there are large numbers of birds that end up migrating through the same area year after year. Collecting data in these areas annually during the migratory season can provide valuable information on how bird populations are doing and whether there are particular species in decline and in need of more targeted conservation efforts.

Share with Wildlife, New Mexico – Project Highlight: Raptor Migration Surveys

HWI observers at Manzano Mountain site. (Ginny Seamster)

Share with Wildlife, New Mexico – Project Highlight: Raptor Migration Surveys

Netted sharp-shinned hawk. (Ginny Seamster)

HawkWatch International (HWI) is well ahead of the curve on this and, starting in the 1980’s, set up monitoring stations at several sites around the western United States to collect this kind of valuable, long-term data on migrating raptors. Every year they hire dedicated observers to spend roughly two months in the field, identifying and recording data on each migrating raptor that they detect from the station.

These observers must have excellent eyesight and observation skills to detect the birds and then lightning fast ability to identify them before they disappear from view. Body shape and size and flying behavior are often the only things the volunteers have to go on for identification; the birds are often too far away and are out of sight too quickly to see other distinguishing features.

Share with Wildlife, New Mexico – Project Highlight: Raptor Migration Surveys

Recording data on a netted raptor. (Ginny Seamster)

In 2017, Share with Wildlife supported the analysis of data collected at HWI’s monitoring site in the Manzano Mountains during the fall of 2016. Observers detected 17 different species of raptors, including hundreds of American Kestrels, Cooper’s Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, and Sharp-shinned Hawks. They even saw 2 Bald Eagles! The HWI field crew also nets migrating birds, measures each captured bird, and bands them so that the movements of individual birds can be tracked among HWI’s eight monitoring sites, as well as other banding stations. HWI is also collecting feathers from some species for lab-based analyses that will ultimately provide more information on where individuals are going. Annual count data feeds into the larger Raptor Index Population project, where frequent analyses are conducted to look at raptor populations across continental geographies for large scale conservation planning.

Recent Highlights

Learning about Water

Tracking Elusive Fish

Reading Your Watershed

2016 Highlights

2015 Highlights

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

Category Title
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.

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 with questions.

Highlighted Announcement


2018 Is the Year of the Bird!

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 January, Take the Pledge. Sign the pledge on the Year of the Bird website to receive monthly calls to action. Share your participation on social media to inspire others to join in.


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.

Thank you for your support of New Mexico’s wildlife!

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New Mexico Wildlife License Plate

Support wildlife by ordering the New Mexico Wildlife License Plate

Support wildlife by ordering the New Mexico Wildlife License Plate

Support wildlife by ordering the New Mexico Wildlife License Plate - Elk

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.

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:


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.