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

    TaxaThe 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 NameNMESFO Species LeadContact Information
Alamosa springsnailElizabeth Bainbridgeelizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
American bumble beeJanelle Allemanjanelle_alleman@fws.gov
American hart's-tongue fernCharles Hayescharles_hayes@fws.gov
Arizona toadClinton Smithclinton_smith@fws.gov
Arkansas River shinerMark Hornermark_horner@fws.gov
Aztec giliaLauren Rangellauren_rangel@fws.gov
Bald eagleCharles Hayescharles_hayes@fws.gov
Beautiful shinerJanelle Allemanjanelle_alleman@fws.gov
Black-capped vireoCharles Hayescharles_hayes@fws.gov
Black-footed ferretMark Brennanmark_brennan@fws.gov
Black-tailed prairie dogMark Brennanmark_brennan@fws.gov
Bolson tortoiseVance Wolfvance_wolf@fws.gov
Boreal toadClinton Smithclinton_smith@fws.gov
California condorMark Brennanmark_brennan@fws.gov
Canada lynxElizabeth Bainbridgeelizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
Chihuahua catfish Lauren Rangellauren_rangel@fws.gov
Chihuahua chubChad Baumlerchad_baumler@fws.gov
Chihuahua scurfpea  Mark Hornermark_horner@fws.gov
Chiricahua leopard frogClinton Smithclinton_smith@fws.gov
Chupadera springsnailElizabeth Bainbridgeelizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
Clover's cactusAdriano Tsinigineadriano_tsinigine@fws.gov
Colorado pikeminnowScott Durstscott_durst@fws.gov
Cooke's peak woodlandsnailJodie Mamusciajodie_mamuscia@fws.gov
Dona ana talussnailJodie Mamusciajodie_mamuscia@fws.gov
Dunes sagebrush lizardTim Ludwicktimothy_ludwick@fws.gov
Gila chubNathan Franssennathan_franssen@fws.gov
Gila topminnowAlana Simmonsalana_simmons@fws.gov
Gila troutChad Baumlerchad_baumler@fws.gov
Golden eagleCharles Hayescharles_hayes@fws.gov
Gunnison's prairie dogCharles Hayescharles_hayes@fws.gov
Gypsum wild-buckwheatKatie Sandbomkatie_sandbom@fws.gov
Headwater chubNathan Franssennathan_franssen@fws.gov
Holy Ghost ipomopsisJanelle Allemanjanelle_alleman@fws.gov
Interior least ternMelissa Frymelissa_fry@fws.gov
JaguarCharles Hayescharles_hayes@fws.gov
Jemez Mountains salamanderClinton Smithclinton_smith@fws.gov
Knowlton's cactusAdriano Tsinigineadriano_tsinigine@fws.gov
Koster's springsnailMelissa Frymelissa_fry@fws.gov
Kuenzler's hedgehog cactusMelissa Frymelissa_fry@fws.gov
Lee's pincushion cactusKatie Sandbomkatie_sandbom@fws.gov
Leoncita false-foxglove  Melissa Frymelissa_fry@fws.gov
Lesser long-nosed batAlana Simmonsalana_simmons@fws.gov
Lesser prairie-chickenLauren Rangellauren_rangel@fws.gov
Loach minnowChad Baumlerchad_baumler@fws.gov
Mancos milk-vetch Adriano Tsinigineadriano_tsinigine@fws.gov
Mesa Verde cactus  Lauren Rangellauren_rangel@fws.gov
Mexican long-nosed batAlana Simmonsalana_simmons@fws.gov
Mexican spotted owlJanelle Allemanjanelle_alleman@fws.gov
Mexican wolfChad Baumlerchad_baumler@fws.gov
Mineral creek mountainsnailJodie Mamusciajodie_mamuscia@fws.gov
Monarch butterflyCharles Hayescharles_hayes@fws.gov
Mountain ploverVance Wolfvance_wolf@fws.gov
Narrow-headed gartersnakeClinton Smithclinton_smith@fws.gov
Navajo bladderpodAdriano Tsinigineadriano_tsinigine@fws.gov
New Mexico meadow jumping mouseMark Brennanmark_brennan@fws.gov
New Mexico ridge-nosed rattlesnakeClinton Smithclinton_smith@fws.gov
Noel's amphipodMelissa Frymelissa_fry@fws.gov
North American wolverineMark Brennanmark_brennan@fws.gov
Northern aplomado falconMark Brennanmark_brennan@fws.gov
Northern leopard frogClinton Smithclinton_smith@fws.gov
Northern Mexican gartersnake  Clinton Smithclinton_smith@fws.gov
Pecos assimineaMelissa Frymelissa_fry@fws.gov
Pecos bluntnose shinerMark Hornermark_horner@fws.gov
Pecos gambusiaSarah Yatessarah_d_yates@fws.gov
Pecos pupfishTim Ludwicktimothy_ludwick@fws.gov
Pecos springsnailSarah Yatessarah_d_yates@fws.gov
Pecos sunflowerSarah Yatessarah_d_yates@fws.gov
Penasco least chipmunk Mark Brennanmark_brennan@fws.gov
Peppered chubEliza Gilberteliza_gilbert@fws.gov
Piping ploverVance Wolfvance_wolf@fws.gov
Razorback suckerScott Durstscott_durst@fws.gov
Rio Grande chub Andy Deanandy_dean@fws.gov
Rio Grande cooter  Sarah Yatessarah_d_yates@fws.gov
Rio Grande cutthroat troutChad Baumlerchad_baumler@fws.gov
Rio Grande shinerAndy Deanandy_dean@fws.gov
Rio Grande silvery minnowAndy Deanandy_dean@fws.gov
Rio Grande suckerAndy Deanandy_dean@fws.gov
Roswell springsnailMelissa Frymelissa_fry@fws.gov
Roundtail chub Nathan Franssennathan_franssen@fws.gov
Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterflyJanelle Allemanjanelle_alleman@fws.gov
Sacramento Mountains thistleJodie Mamusciajodie_mamuscia@fws.gov
Sacramento prickly poppyJodie Mamusciajodie_mamuscia@fws.gov
Sangre de Cristo peaclamMark Hornermark_horner@fws.gov
SilverspotElizabeth Bainbridgeelizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
Sneed pincushion cactus Katie Sandbomkatie_sandbom@fws.gov
Socorro isopodElizabeth Bainbridgeelizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
Socorro springsnailElizabeth Bainbridgeelizabeth_bainbridge@fws.gov
Southwestern willow flycatcherJennifer Davisjennifer_l_davis@fws.gov
SpikedaceChad Baumlerchad_baumler@fws.gov
Swale paintbrush Katie Sandbomkatie_sandbom@fws.gov
Texas hornshellSarah Yatessarah_d_yates@fws.gov
Tharp's blue-starKatie Sandbomkatie_sandbom@fws.gov
Todsen's pennyroyalLauren Rangellauren_rangel@fws.gov
Tri-colored batCharles Hayescharles_hayes@fws.gov
Western bumble beeAdriano Tsinigineadriano_tsinigine@fws.gov
White Sands pupfishMelissa Matamelissa_mata@fws.gov
Wright's marsh thistleJanelle Allemanjanelle_alleman@fws.gov
Yellow-billed cuckooJennifer Davisjennifer_l_davis@fws.gov
Zuni bluehead suckerChad Baumlerchad_baumler@fws.gov
Zuni fleabane Charles Hayescharles_hayes@fws.gov