New Mexico Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office
Southwest Region

Outreach & Education

Photo of Angela James at the Middle Rio Grande for Bosque Prep NFIC release
Bosque Prep NFIC release. Credit: USFWS
Photo of cutthroat trout NFIC relase at the Rio Grande in Taos, NM
NFIC release in Taos, NM. Credit: USFWS
Photo of cutthroat trout NFIC relase at the Rio Grande in Taos, NM
NFIC release in Taos, NM. Credit: USFWS
Photo of stundent with NFIC tank at Sandia Prep
NFIC at Sandia Prep. Credit: USFWS
Photo of Sara Blocker and Angela James setting up tank at Sandia Prep for NFIC
Setting up tank at Sandia Prep. Credit: USFWS
Photo of Sara Blocker at Middle Rio Grande for Bosque Prep School NFIC release
Bosque Prep NFIC release. Credit: USFWS

The goal of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Connecting People with Nature” program is to provide communities with enjoyable and meaningful experiences related to the outdoors. To meet this goal, NMFWCO implemented an outreach program to further interact with the community and provide public educational opportunities. Outreach events target local schools and community members of all ages within the greater Albuquerque area. Additionally, NMFWCO highlights field projects throughout New Mexico and hopes to encourage an overall interest in natural resources.

Native Fish in the Classroom Project (NFIC)

NFIC Video from the 2011 - 2012 school year

Additionally, staff coordinate NFIC in the greater Albuquerque area.  This program works with local elementary and middle schools by providing them curriculum, aquariums, native fish and biologist support. After a period of 4-5 months, the students have the opportunity to release these fish into their native range. Each year participating classrooms are provided with New Mexico’s state fish, the Rio Grande cutthroat trout, or with native fishes of the Middle Rio Grande. The program aims to generate enthusiasm for natural resources and foster a sense of stewardship for native fish and their habitats.

Project Leads:   Angela James; 505-342-9900 ext. 109; Angela_James@fws.gov

Rio Grande Silvery Minnow Sanctuary, Outdoor Education Center

The Sanctuary will be one of the Refugia designed to assist with increasing the population of endangered Rio Grande silvery minnows. Specifically, the Sanctuary will provide secondary habitat to enable silvery minnows to complete the growth cycle before they are released into the wild. Located in the Rio Grande bosque just south of Bridge and 2nd street, the Sanctuary will provide a unique opportunity for an urban outdoor classroom setting. Site activities will include birding, trails, seining, water quality studies, and Biologist in Training program. As of the summer of 2013 the facility is not fully functional but is planned to be used as an outdoor classroom location for lectures and walks on the Bosque.

Project Leads:   Weston Furr; 505-342-9900 ext. 109; Weston_Furr@fws.gov
Angela James; 505-342-9900 ext. 109; Angela_James@fws.gov

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Last updated: July 23, 2014