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
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
|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.|