Share with Wildlife

    • New: The list of Share with Wildlife projects to be funded in 2022 has been released and is available for viewing on the Applications-Reports tab. The call for proposals for 2023 projects will be released in spring, 2022.
    • New: Use the Wildlife Artwork form available on MVD’s website to order a Share with Wildlife license plate. See the “Donate Now!” tab for more information.

    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).

    We are here with Ginny Seamster, Share with Wildlife Coordinator.

    Project Highlights

    Delivering Wildlife-Focused Education Virtually

    Share with Wildlife Project Highlight: Delivering Wildlife-Focused Education Virtually

    Santa Fe Public School students birding at Randall Davey Audubon Center in Fall 2019. (Katie Weeks)

    What is an “adaptation” and how are birds adapted to different environments and to eat different things? What are the key elements of an animal’s “habitat” and how can you make your own backyard more appealing to wildlife?

    In spring 2021, Audubon Southwest used Share with Wildlife funds to modify existing lessons, that address these questions and more, so that they could be delivered in a virtual format to 2nd through 5th grade students in Santa Fe Public Schools. Audubon Southwest normally delivers their multi-lesson Outdoor Field Science curriculum both in person at schools and over the course of two field trips to the Randall Davey Audubon Center (RDAC) in northern Santa Fe. This science curriculum focuses on New Mexico wildlife; their habitats, biology, and conservation; and scientific observation with an emphasis on piñon-juniper habitats and the birds that live in them, such as the pinyon jay. Restrictions associated with COVID-19 required that Audubon Southwest continue to offer distance-learning options for their typically in-person environmental education programming.

    Share with Wildlife Project Highlight: Delivering Wildlife-Focused Education Virtually

    Habitat recording worksheet. (Audubon Southwest)

    Share with Wildlife Project Highlight: Delivering Wildlife-Focused Education Virtually

    Adapt to Survive workbook. (Audubon Southwest)

     

    Audubon Southwest normally gives students an opportunity to explore and make observations of wildlife habitat elements and wildlife sign in the piñon-juniper woodland at the RDAC. They learn about fundamental ecological and biological concepts including food webs, ecosystems, and animal anatomy and adaptations. They have an opportunity to learn how to look for birds and observe their behavior using binoculars. They also examine skulls and pelts of different animals to learn about the connections between how an animal looks, how they behave, and what they eat.

    Share with Wildlife Project Highlight: Delivering Wildlife-Focused Education Virtually

    Pinyon jay. (Mark Watson)

    To ensure that students could still receive environmental education while in-person classroom visits and field trips were not possible, Audubon Southwest modified three activities to be virtual field trips and worked with Santa Fe Public Schools to deliver Outdoor Field Studies programs to over 700 students in Santa Fe. The “Backyard Habitat Investigation” virtual field trip has students learn about the concept of a habitat, identify habitat elements and animal sign in their backyard, draw a habitat, and consider what could be done to improve the habitat in their backyard for wildlife. The “Animal Adaptations” virtual field trip has students learn about adaptations; learn about why birds build nests and what they use to build them; and build a bird nest using materials that students find either at home or in their backyard. Audubon Southwest also continues to offer distance learning materials on their website.

    Audubon Southwest looks forward to continuing their provision of environmental education to students of Title 1 schools and adapting their wildlife-related educational materials as needed to the evolving educational landscape in New Mexico.

     

    Recent Highlights

    2020 Highlights

    2019 Highlights

    2018 Highlights

    2017 Highlights

    2016 Highlights

    2015 Highlights

    Call for 2023 Projects

    The Call for 2023 Projects will be released in March, 2022. Contact the Share with Wildlife program coordinator, Ginny Seamster (virginia.seamster@state.nm.us), with questions in the meantime.

    2022 Share with Wildlife Projects

    Category Title
    Research Population genomics of Pecos pupfish – Katie Zarn
    Research Assessing the effects of forest management and wildfire on populations of New Mexico’s endemic salamanders – Nancy Karraker
    Research Post-wildfire habitat use by the Peñasco least chipmunk – Jennifer Frey
    Research Identifying habitat usage by New Mexico populations of Rio Grande chub and Rio Grande sucker and its effect on presence and relative abundance of both species – American Southwest Ichthyological Researchers, LLC
    Research  Pinyon jay surveys in the Gila National Forest – Kristine Johnson
    Education New Mexico wildlife wonders: A 2nd grade lesson module – Asombro Institute for Science Education
    Education The Bosque Education Guide and New Mexico STEM Ready! Science Standards – Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center
    Education Wildlife and wildland fire interactions in the southwest – Environmental Education Association of New Mexico
    Education Engaging future conservation leaders: Audubon’s Outdoor Field Science Program – Audubon Southwest
    Education Snake country survival guide – Advocates for Snake Preservation
    Rehabilitation / Education Wildlife rehabilitation/Connecting students to wildlife and habitats in New Mexico – New Mexico Wildlife Center
    Rehabilitation Desert Willow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

     

    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

    DFA Agency Certification Form

    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 dgf.permits@state.nm.us with questions.

    Highlighted Curriculum

    The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center developed a curriculum in 2020 that focuses on several Species of Greatest Conservation Need in New Mexico. The curriculum was developed with the support of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Share with Wildlife program. The lessons in the curriculum can be implemented remotely if needed and address several New Mexico STEM Ready! Science Standards for middle school students.

    Reports

    To access other project reports, please visit the Share with Wildlife search on the BISON-M website:
    http://bison-m.org/contractsearch.aspx.

    Donations

    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!

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    New Mexico Wildlife License Plate

    Road Runner - 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

    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 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.

    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:

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    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:

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    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.

    OR

    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.