New Mexico has a rich wildlife heritage and a wide diversity of wildlife that can be seen and photographed by people seeking to connect with the outdoors. A smorgasbord of habitats, from alpine tundra, forested mountains, grasslands, rivers and lakes, to sandstone canyons and Chihuahuan desert — support 525 species of birds, 300 species of butterflies and a myriad of others.
We all have a stake in conserving New Mexico’s wildlife for future generations. Conservation often starts with stepping outside and visiting parks, forests, nature centers or refuges. Many New Mexico Game and Fish properties, known as State Game Commission Lands, provide opportunities to get outside to view wildlife and enjoy the outdoors.