Featured Species

New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse 

This endangered species is found in New Mexico, eastern Arizona, and southern Colorado, where it relies on habitat areas along rivers to make its home. It is very sensitive to changes in the riparian riparian
Definition of riparian habitat or riparian areas.

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 (along rivers or stream edges) vegetation conditions it needs, and requires perennial flowing streams. Our office is leading the development of a plan to guide the recovery efforts necessary to protect this species from further decline. This will include significant habitat protection and recovery actions on degraded critical habitat on both public and, where possible, private lands with willing landowners. The recovery planning process involves multiple partners from the U.S. Forest Service, State game and fish agencies, academics, and Tribes, along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists. We anticipate having a final recovery plan published by January 2023. 




Black-footed Ferret 

The black-footed ferret is a specialized member of the weasel family native to the open prairie habitat found in the interior parts of North America. It is entirely dependent upon prairie dogs and their colonies for food and shelter. Our office has been actively supporting an ongoing and successful reintroduction effort in Mora County, New Mexico, on a private ranch. 2022 will be the fourth active year for this project, which includes three releases of black-footed ferrets from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in Colorado. Annual surveys have detected active breeding females with kits each of the past three years for this project, making this a successful endeavor to date. This is one of the few black-footed ferret recovery actions being done on private land in the United States. 


Sacramento Mountains Checkerspot Butterfly 

The Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly lives only in mountain meadows near Cloudcroft, New Mexico. They are pollinators for local wildflowers and lay their eggs on New Mexico beardtongue. In recent years, this butterfly has declined in abundance due, in part, to drought and heavy browsing by large herbivores. We are currently collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service and some non-governmental organizations to conserve this scarce species. Currently, our conservation team is focusing on protecting meadow habitat, planting native plants to provide pollen, and captive breeding and raising of the checkerspot butterfly. 





Office Species by Taxa


The NMESFO functions as the “lead” office for the following listed, proposed, or candidate species. The NMESFO also has responsibility to help conserve and protect the below listed, proposed, or candidate species.
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Office Species Leads

Species Common Name NMESFO Species Lead Contact Information
Alamosa springsnail Elizabeth Bainbridge


American bumble bee Janelle Alleman


American hart's-tongue fern Charles Hayes


Arizona toad Clinton Smith


Arkansas River shiner Mark Horner


Aztec gilia Tim Ludwick


Bald eagle Lauren Rangel


Beautiful shiner Chad Baumler


Black-capped vireo Charles Hayes charles_hayes@fws.gov
Black-footed ferret Mark Brennan


Black-tailed prairie dog Mark Brennan mark_brennan@fws.gov
Bolson tortoise Vance Wolf


Boreal toad Clinton Smith clinton_smith@fws.gov
California condor Mark Brennan mark_brennan@fws.gov
Canada lynx Elizabeth Bainbridge elizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
Chihuahua catfish   Lauren Rangel lauren_rangel@fws.gov
Chihuahua chub Chad Baumler chad_baumler@fws.gov
Chihuahua scurfpea   Mark Horner


Chiricahua leopard frog Clinton Smith clinton_smith@fws.gov
Chupadera springsnail Elizabeth Bainbridge elizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
Clover's cactus Tim Ludwick timothy_ludwick@fws.gov
Colorado pikeminnow Scott Durst


Cooke's peak woodlandsnail Mark Horner mark_horner@fws.gov
Desert massasauga   Chad Baumler chad_baumler@fws.gov
Dona ana talussnail Mark Horner mark_horner@fws.gov
Dunes sagebrush lizard Jennifer Davis


Gila chub Nathan Franssen nathan_franssen@fws.gov
Gila topminnow Chad Baumler chad_baumler@fws.gov
Gila trout Chad Baumler chad_baumler@fws.gov
Golden eagle Lauren Rangel lauren_rangel@fws.gov
Gunnison's prairie dog Charles Hayes charles_hayes@fws.gov
Gypsum wild-buckwheat Katie Sandbom


Headwater chub Nathan Franssen nathan_franssen@fws.gov
Holy Ghost ipomopsis Janelle Alleman janelle_alleman@fws.gov
Interior least tern Mark Horner mark_horner@fws.gov
Jaguar Elizabeth Bainbridge elizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
Jemez Mountains salamander Clinton Smith clinton_smith@fws.gov
Knowlton's cactus Tim Ludwick timothy_ludwick@fws.gov
Koster's springsnail Sarah Yates


Kuenzler's hedgehog cactus Katie Sandbom katie_sandbom@fws.gov
Lee's pincushion cactus Katie Sandbom katie_sandbom@fws.gov
Leoncita false-foxglove   Katie Sandbom katie_sandbom@fws.gov
Lesser long-nosed bat Clinton Smith clinton_smith@fws.gov
Lesser prairie-chicken Lauren Rangel lauren_rangel@fws.gov
Loach minnow Chad Baumler chad_baumler@fws.gov
Mancos milk-vetch  Tim Ludwick timothy_ludwick@fws.gov
Mesa Verde cactus   Lauren Rangel lauren_rangel@fws.gov
Mexican long-nosed bat Clinton Smith clinton_smith@fws.gov
Mexican spotted owl Janelle Alleman janelle_alleman@fws.gov
Mexican wolf Chad Baumler chad_baumler@fws.gov
Mineral creek mountainsnail Mark Horner mark_horner@fws.gov
Monarch butterfly Tim Ludwick timothy_ludwick@fws.gov
Mountain plover Vance Wolf vance_wolf@fws.gov
Narrow-headed gartersnake Clinton Smith clinton_smith@fws.gov
New Mexico meadow jumping mouse Mark Brennan mark_brennan@fws.gov
New Mexico ridge-nosed rattlesnake Clinton Smith clinton_smith@fws.gov
Noel's amphipod Sarah Yates sarah_d_yates@fws.gov
North American wolverine Mark Brennan mark_brennan@fws.gov
Northern aplomado falcon Mark Brennan mark_brennan@fws.gov
Northern leopard frog Clinton Smith clinton_smith@fws.gov
Northern Mexican gartersnake   Clinton Smith clinton_smith@fws.gov
Pecos assiminea Sarah Yates sarah_d_yates@fws.gov
Pecos bluntnose shiner Mark Horner mark_horner@fws.gov
Pecos gambusia Sarah Yates sarah_d_yates@fws.gov
Pecos pupfish Sarah Yates sarah_d_yates@fws.gov
Pecos springsnail Sarah Yates sarah_d_yates@fws.gov
Pecos sunflower Sarah Yates sarah_d_yates@fws.gov
Penasco least chipmunk  Mark Brennan mark_brennan@fws.gov
Peppered chub Eliza Gilbert


Piping plover Vance Wolf vance_wolf@fws.gov
Razorback sucker Scott Durst scott_durst@fws.gov
Rio Grande chub  Andy Dean


Rio Grande cooter   Sarah Yates sarah_d_yates@fws.gov
Rio Grande cutthroat trout Chad Baumler chad_baumler@fws.gov
Rio Grande shiner Andy Dean andy_dean@fws.gov
Rio Grande silvery minnow Andy Dean andy_dean@fws.gov
Rio Grande sucker Andy Dean andy_dean@fws.gov
Roswell springsnail Sarah Yates sarah_d_yates@fws.gov
Roundtail chub  Nathan Franssen nathan_franssen@fws.gov
Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly Elizabeth Bainbridge elizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
Sacramento Mountains thistle Janelle Alleman janelle_alleman@fws.gov
Sacramento prickly poppy Janelle Alleman janelle_alleman@fws.gov
Sangre de Cristo peaclam Mark Horner mark_horner@fws.gov
Silverspot Elizabeth Bainbridge elizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
Sneed pincushion cactus  Katie Sandbom katie_sandbom@fws.gov
Socorro isopod Elizabeth Bainbridge elizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
Socorro springsnail Elizabeth Bainbridge elizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
Southwestern willow flycatcher Jennifer Davis jennifer_l_davis@fws.gov
Spikedace Chad Baumler chad_baumler@fws.gov
Swale paintbrush  Katie Sandbom katie_sandbom@fws.gov
Texas hornshell Sarah Yates sarah_d_yates@fws.gov
Tharp's blue-star Katie Sandbom katie_sandbom@fws.gov
Todsen's pennyroyal Lauren Rangel lauren_rangel@fws.gov
Western bumble bee Elizabeth Bainbridge elizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
White Sands pupfish Janelle Alleman janelle_alleman@fws.gov
Wright's marsh thistle Janelle Alleman janelle_alleman@fws.gov
Yellow-billed cuckoo Jennifer Davis jennifer_l_davis@fws.gov
Zuni bluehead sucker Chad Baumler chad_baumler@fws.gov
Zuni fleabane  Charles Hayes charles_hayes@fws.gov