Southwest Region Emphasis Areas
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Sandhill cranes at La Joya. Credit: Paul Tashjian, USFWS.
Sandhill cranes at La Joya. Credit: Paul Tashjian, USFWS.
Rio Grande Emphasis Area    

The Rio Grande, as grand as it is, is not the river it once was. Despite the remoteness and sparse population over much of its course, the river has been thoroughly humanized by command of its water. Rio Bravo del Norte, as the river is called in Mexico, has lost its bravado.

Texas Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office biologists float the next site to search for Rio Grande silvery minnow in Big Bend National Park. Credit: Paul Tashjian, USFWS.Texas Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office biologists float the next site to search for Rio Grande silvery minnow in Big Bend National Park. Credit: Paul Tashjian, USFWS.

It is wild and turbulent no more. A river that once flushed with spring snowmelt and summer freshets—pulses of water that told native minnows “it’s time to spawn”—has been weakened, tamed, by manmade structures.

 

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News and Updates

Cameras set up in New Mexico Jumping Mouse habitat allow Bosque del Apache NWR staff to assess the mammals. Credit: Craig Springer, USFWS.
Cameras set up in New Mexico Jumping Mouse habitat allow Bosque del Apache NWR staff to assess the mammals. Credit: Craig Springer, USFWS.
  A Long Name for a Small, Rare Mammal: the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse (Audio file)
Read the transcript of the Audio: A Long Name for a Small, Rare Mammal: the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse (.pdf)
Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Credit: Craig Springer, USFWS.
Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Credit: Craig Springer, USFWS.
  Impressionism and Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout
Credit: Mike Montagne, USFWS.
Credit: Mike Montagne, USFWS.
  Stepping into the Same Stream Twice
Sandhill cranes in field. Credit: Paul Tashjian, USFWS.
Sandhill cranes in field. Credit: Paul Tashjian, USFWS.
  Sandhill Cranes a Harbinger of Autumn
New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office biologists pull a seine through the Rio Grande to catch silvery minnow near the Manzano Mountains. Credit: USFWS.
New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office biologists pull a seine through the Rio Grande to catch silvery minnow near the Manzano Mountains. Credit: USFWS.
  Minnow as a Metaphor

 

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Last updated: January 16, 2018