Share with Wildlife
- New: The call for 2021 Share with Wildlife projects is now open. Please see the “Applications-Reports” tab for further information.
- Update: Share with Wildlife wants your feedback on the Share with Wildlife program and the Department’s work with non-game species. Please consider taking the following survey. If you do take the survey, we ask that you please take it only once. Thank you for your time!
Share with Wildlife
Share with Wildlife is a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish program initiated in 1981 that depends on tax-deductible 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 and how can you support Share with Wildlife? Watch our interview with Ginny Seamster, Share with Wildlife Coordinator. Click below to view our Facebook video.
New Mexico Wildlife Rescue Inc.’s Holiday Wild Event
Do you want to learn more about how wildlife rehabilitation works and about some of the raptors that migrate through New Mexico? Do you want to know what you can do if you find a bird or other animal that appears to be sick or injured? If you live in the Albuquerque area, then Wildlife Rescue Inc. of New Mexico is the place to call to get your questions about injured or orphaned wildlife answered and the place to visit in after Thanksgiving for their Holiday Wild event
Wildlife Rescue is based at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and has a vast network of trained wildlife rehabbers who they can call on to care for wildlife that needs treatment prior to being released back into the wild. Upwards of 2,000 animals often pass through Wildlife Rescue’s doors in a given year
In 2019, Wildlife Rescue Inc. hosted a Holiday Wild event the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This is the perfect opportunity to see the facilities where the Wildlife Rescue volunteers work their rehabilitation magic for New Mexico’s wildlife and ask questions about the educational animals that they have on display during the event. Want to see an American kestrel up close? Want to learn about how a particular animal ended up being unreleasable to the wild and became an education animal? The volunteers at Wildlife Rescue have all the answers to these questions and more! It is also the perfect opportunity to pick up some holiday gifts and cheer and help support the Wildlife Rescue Inc., which is run through donations, grants, and the tireless efforts of volunteers.
During the rest of the year, Wildlife Rescue Inc. is a great place to start if you’ve found a wild animal in the Albuquerque area that you think may need help. Wildlife Rescue volunteers will be able to tell you whether it is appropriate to move the animal and bring it to their facility at the state park. Their volunteers will perform an examination on any animals brought in to determine what can be done for them. While members of the public are not permitted to observe the examinations, you can request a follow-up for information on the animal’s status.
Wildlife Rescue Inc. also provides a multitude of educational opportunities for a diversity of audiences. Educational sessions are held at a variety of facilities, including local schools and universities, National Wildlife Refuges, and other state parks. They typically bring educational animals to inform their presentations. Please contact Wildlife Rescue Inc. if you are interested in a wildlife presentation at a local event!
Call for 2021 Projects
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Share with Wildlife program announces the release of the Call For Project Information (CFPI) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 projects as of March 9th, 2020. The call for project proposals is available here.
Additional files for use by individuals submitting proposals to the Share with Wildlife program include:
The Share with Wildlife program funds projects up to $50,000 that pertain to one of the following four categories: habitat enhancement, biological and ecological research studies, wildlife rehabilitation, and wildlife education. Project topics of particular interest to the Department for FY21 and details regarding proposal format are listed in the CFPI. All questions regarding the application process and final project proposals should be submitted to the Share with Wildlife Coordinator, Ginny Seamster (firstname.lastname@example.org). Individuals planning on submitting a proposal are always encouraged to reach out to the program coordinator to discuss their proposed project.
All offerors should use the Share with Wildlife Proposal Cover Sheet provided above as the template has changed from previous years. Further, offerors should note the new requirement for documentation of communication with federal agencies for research and habitat projects with proposed survey or implementation sites on federal lands. Additional clarification has also been provided regarding ground disturbance and purchased items with a lifespan past the timeline of the project.
All proposals must be submitted electronically in a single .pdf (preferred) or Microsoft Word file (.doc and .docx both acceptable) by 5PM Mountain Time on Friday, May 29th, 2020.
2020 Share with Wildlife Projects
|Habitat||Aquatic habitat connectivity assessment for the Santa Fe National Forest – Defenders of Wildlife|
|Research||An eDNA-based inventory of the distribution and abundance of Chihuahua chub and Rio Grande sucker in the Mimbres River basin – Michael Young|
|Research||Status and distribution of terrestrial snails in southwest New Mexico – Eric Wallace|
|Research||Conservation genomic assessment of western peripheral populations of the least shrew (Cryptotis parva) – Andrew Hope|
|Research||Status assessment of the Arizona black rattlesnake Crotalus cerberus in New Mexico – Bruce Christman|
|Research||Full-season productivity and habitat associations of gray vireos – Henry Streby|
|Research||Status and limiting factors for the Arizona montane vole in New Mexico – Jennifer Frey|
|Research||Life history and activity budget of the Peñasco least chipmunk (Neotamias minimus atristriatus) – Fitsum Gebreselassie|
|Research||Population status and genetics of two Bell’s vireo subspecies in New Mexico – Andrew Johnson|
|Rehabilitation / Education||Wildlife rehabilitation/Connecting students to wildlife and habitats in New Mexico – New Mexico Wildlife Center|
|Rehabilitation||Wildlife Rescue Inc. of New Mexico|
|Education||NM wildlife data jam: K-8 students collecting, analyzing, and communicating data – Asombro Institute for Science Education|
|Education||Engaging future conservation leaders: Audubon’s Outdoor Field Science Program – Audubon New Mexico|
|Education||SMNHC educating ecosystem explorers and fieldwork – Sandia Mountain Natural History Center|
|Education||The Bosque Education Guide and New Mexico STEM Ready! Science Standards – Friends of the Valle de Oro NWR|
|Education||Become a riparian habitat steward: creating the next generation of land, water, and wildlife protectors – River Source Inc.|
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.
The North American Birds Conservation Initiative has launched a “Why Care About Birds” messaging series. Please see the below flier and view their website for more information about why birds are such an important part of our global fauna!
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.
Donations made to the Share with Wildlife program are tax-deductible for both federal and New Mexico state taxes. Please see U.S. Code Title 26. Internal Revenue Code – section 170c – Charitable Contribution Defined for more information. You may wish to further confirm with your tax advisor/preparer.
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.