Science

Rio Mora's water view / ©  Tami Heilemann, DOI

National Wildlife Refuges work closely with other researchers, Universities and science-based organizations interested in supporting the agency's wildlife conservation mission.


One of the goals of the refuge is to engage in scientific programs focused on land management practices that make a meaningful contribution to the conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem-function, ecological restoration and landscape connectivity in the southwestern United States.

Major interests for research and restoration include:

  •  Piñon/juniper encroachment onto grasslands and the bottomland of the river valley
  •  Gully erosion and head-cuts in the grasslands
  •  Protecting seeps and springs in tributary canyons
  •  Restoring the highly interactive species that drive ecosystem function
  •  Removal of exotic species, including exotic diseases
  •  Promoting the health of threatened and endangered species’ populations
  •  Woodland health
  •  Landscape connectivity

If interested in research, please contact the refuge or to learn more about special use permits for research access the link to our Permits page.