Share with Wildlife
- New: The call for 2022 Share with Wildlife projects is now open. Please see the “Applications-Reports” tab for further information.
- New: The City Nature Challenge is taking place in Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Valencia Counties April 30-May 3rd, 2021. To learn more about the challenge and how to use iNaturalist to submit wildlife and plant observations, please watch this informational video. To learn about how to identify birds, bugs, herps, or plants photographed during the Challenge, check out the Virtual ID events May 4th-7th, 2021 posted on the Conservation calendar and the event’s Facebook page.
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. (Video still: Broad-billed hummingbird artwork above by Hira Walker).
What kind of projects does Share with Wildlife support and how can you support Share with Wildlife? Watch the above introductory video or the below interview with Ginny Seamster, Share with Wildlife Coordinator (click below).
The Tale of (Potentially) Two Species of Bell’s Vireos
One bird you may have heard, if not seen, if you spend time in dense thickets along the Rio Grande or the Pecos or Gila rivers is the Bell’s Vireo. There is an interesting question associated with this threatened songbird: are there one or two species of Bell’s Vireo? Previous assessments have shown that eastern and western populations are distinct genetically and morphologically, but samples from New Mexico were not included in that analysis. Andy Johnson and others at the University of New Mexico in the Museum of Southwestern Biology, using funds from the Share with Wildlife program at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, are trying to resolve this issue once and for all. They are adding more samples from Bell’s Vireo specimens from New Mexico to previous assessments of the genetics of this songbird across its range in the United States and conducting a detailed morphological assessment.
Andy and his team pulled 20 specimens from existing museum collections, 11 from the Rio Grande Valley and three each from the Mimbres, Pecos, and Gila rivers. Genetic analyses are still underway but preliminary results indicate that birds in the Gila River drainage have genetic similarities to the subspecies found in Arizona, while birds in the Pecos River drainage have similarities to the subspecies found in Texas. However, birds in the Rio Grande Valley appear to be a mixture, with some similar to the subspecies typically found in Texas and some to the subspecies found in Arizona.
Morphological assessments showed that birds in the Gila drainage tend to have longer tails than those in the Pecos drainage, but there is overlap between birds sampled in different drainages. Color was less clearly variable among drainages, though the birds in the Pecos River drainage were generally brighter than those in the Mimbres River drainage and birds from the Rio Grande were fairly variable. These initial results indicate that the population of Bell’s Vireos along the Rio Grande may represent a hybrid between the two different subspecies; but further analyses will tell us more.
Call for 2022 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) 2022 projects as of March 22nd, 2021. The call for project proposals is available here.
Additional files for use by individuals submitting proposals to the Share with Wildlife program include:
Share with Wildlife Proposal Cover Sheet (.docx, .doc)
Timeline Template (.docx, .doc)
Budget Template (.docx, .doc)
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 FY22 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 (email@example.com).
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 all changes from previous year requirements- these are summarized on pages 3-4 in the CFPI. Of particular note is the requirement that all individuals planning on submitting a research or habitat project proposal must reach out to the Share with Wildlife Coordinator prior to preparing a proposal for submission to discuss their proposed project topic.
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 28th, 2021.
For examples of previously-funded proposals, click here for an example education, rehabilitation, research, and habitat proposal. Please note that the cover pages, and when requested by the offeror budget information, have been removed from these proposals to avoid sharing any sensitive information. Cover pages and budget sections were included within the 10 page limit for these proposals when they were submitted. These proposals are for reference purposes only and shared only with the permission of the offerors.
2021 Share with Wildlife Projects
|Habitat||Habitat restoration with beaver dam analogs on Carson National Forest – Defenders of Wildlife|
|Research||Pinyon jay surveys in the Gila National Forest – Kristine Johnson|
|Research||An eDNA-based survey of the distributions of Rio Grande sucker and Rio Grande chub in the upper Rio Grande and Rio Chama basins – Thomas Franklin|
|Research||Assessing the effects of forest management and wildfire on populations of New Mexico’s endemic salamanders – Nancy Karraker|
|Research||Status and distribution of terrestrial snails in southwest New Mexico – Eric Wallace|
|Research||Seasonal abundance, population structure, and diet of long-nosed bats in southwestern New Mexico in relation to contemporaneous food availability – Kathryn Stoner|
|Research||American mink (Vison vison) habitat and population survey in northern NM – Marty Peale|
|Education||The Bosque Education Guide and New Mexico STEM Ready! Science Standards – Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center|
|Education||Engaging future conservation leaders: Audubon’s Outdoor Field Science Program – Audubon New Mexico|
|Education /Rehabilitation||Connecting students to wildlife and habitats in New Mexico/Wildlife rehabilitation – New Mexico Wildlife Center|
|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.
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; 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 roadrunner and Rio Grande cutthroat trout plates are only available through the mail. The roadrunner plate was released by MVD October 19th, 2020. It may take several weeks (6-10 or more) to receive your roadrunner or 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.