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The call for proposals for FY18 is now closed and received proposals are being reviewed. Funded projects will be announced in August, 2017. For additional details view information under the Applications – Reports tab.
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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
Reading Your Watershed
Have you ever wondered how clean the water in that river flowing near your house or where you go fishing with your family on the weekends is? Have you ever wondered what kind of impact a house, parking lot, or other development may be having on your favorite stream? The Truchas Chapter of Trout Unlimited and River Source are working with students at Peñasco High School to anwer some of these questions about streams in their local watershed.
The first step in gathering data on your environment is having a question that you want to answer. For the students at Peñasco High School, that question is whether water quality looks different on the Rio Pueblo up vs. downstream of the Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort. There is a lot of activity near the Rio at the Resort, plus there are various parking lots and roads associated not just with the Resort, but with camping grounds near the resort. Dirt parking areas and roads can be sources of sediment and chemicals in fluids that drip from cars onto the ground. Buildings and associated septic systems, be they commercial enterprises or houses, can be sources of effluent and affect the concentration of nitrogen and phosphorous (i.e., nutrients) in the water. Elevated nutrient levels can ultimately lead to depleted oxygen levels and reduced water clarity.
Working with educators from River Source and volunteers with Trout Unlimited, the students collected data on a variety of water quality variables, ranging from water temperature to pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and phosphorous and nitrogen concentrations. They also measured river discharge in cubic feet per second and collected and identified invertebrates to broad taxonomic classes as another indicator of water quality.
What was the upshot of all of these data collection efforts? Water quality is fairly good at the different sites the students sampled, with cold water temperatures, high dissolved oxygen content, and fairly low nutrient levels, all of which are good conditions for Rio Grande cutthroat trout and other aquatic species. There was no obvious effect of the ski Resort on water quality. There were some differences in turbidity and nutrient levels between sites, with the turbidity being slightly elevated at a site near a big, dirt parking lot. There is a house just upstream from a site that had slightly higher nutrient levels. On the whole, the river appears to be healthy and able to support trout and other wildlife, as well as human uses such as fishing.
Call for 2018 Projects
The call for Share with Wildlife projects that will start in 2018 is now closed. Proposals are being reviewed and funded projects will be announced in August, 2017.
2017 Share with Wildlife Projects
|Education and Rehabilitation||Wildlife education and rehablitation.|
|Rehabilitation||Assuring the return of healthy native wildlife to the wild|
|Education||Building water literacy through playa and river festivals in New Mexico|
|Education||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.
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.
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.
- Baseline Genetics Studies Native Gila River Basin Fish Pilger-Turner
- Bats And Water Landscape Level Conservation Taylor
- Birds Of A Feather Explore Together Strang
- Breeding Biology Black-throated Gray Warbler Gorbet
- Captive Propagation State-listed Springsnails New Mexico Rogowski
- Conservation Assessment Anasazi Skipper Natural Resource Institute
- Cool Season Activity Meadow Jumping Mouse Middle Rio Grande Final Wright-Frey
- Distribution Northern Leopard Frog Final Christman
- Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Surveys Lesser Prairie-chicken Conservation Areas Final Hill
- Evaluation Great Plains Narrowmouth Toad Habitat Griffis-Kyle
- Extinction Potential Selected New Mexico Lizards Due Climate Change Final Giermakowski-Snell
- Genetic Analysis And Habitat Assessment Iron Creek Woodlandsnail Slaughter-Boykin
- Gil Conservation Education Center Outdoor Education Days Hurley
- Gray Vireo Surveys Santo Domingo Final Sager
- Habitat Use Narrow -headed Gartersnake Final Jennings -Christman
- Middle Rio Grande Birds And Vegetation Hawks Aloft
- Migration Studies Manzano Mountains HawkWatch International
- Non-invasive Monitoring Protocols Organ Mountains Chipmunk Frey
- RAVEN Application WRI Rehabilitation Data Final Russell-Harden
- Resilience For Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Final Bain
- Restoration Gunnison Prairie Dogs Colony Establishment Phillips-Long
- Roost Microclimate 9 Bat Hibernacula Across New Mexico Final Buecher
- Sacramento Mountain Checkerspot Genetic Study Ryan-Milligan
- Status White-sided Jackrabbit New Mexico Final Traphagen
- Wildlife Center Conservation Education Eagleson
- Wildlife Rehabilitation And Education WildlifeRescue Inc New Mexico
Archived Reports (Currently unavailable)
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!Share with Wildlife - Donation Form (Word) Share with Wildlife - Donation Form (PDF)
New Mexico Wildlife License Plate
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.