Science Applications
Southwest Region

Our Stories in the Southwest

The following stories highlight how we’re carrying out Strategic Habitat Conservation; particularly, how we’re dealing with climate change and achieving more through Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.

USFWS Hydrologist Darrell Kundargi at Bitter Lake NWR
USFWS Hydrologist Darrell Kundargi at Bitter
Lake NWR Photo Credit USFWS.

Inventing the SHC Wheel: The Role of Inventory and Monitoring in Landscape-Scale Conservation

October 2014
Inventory and monitoring is a fundamental function that enables the Fish and Wildlife Service to assess where we are, and evaluate if we’re doing the right things in the right places.  It is a building block that enables us to fully carry out Strategic Habitat Conservation to reach our landscape-scale conservation goals.


Photo of Jude Smith observing restored spring on Muleshoe NWR
Jude Smith observing spring on
Muleshoe NWR. Photo Credit USFWS.

Jude Smith: Managing National Wildlife Refuges as Part of the Landscape

August 2014
Jude Smith is a 21st century National Wildlife Refuge manager. He is taking a landscape-scale, science-driven approach to managing the Buffalo Lake, Muleshoe, and Grulla NWR Complex in New Mexico and Texas.


Image of a mottled duck
Mottled Duck
Photo Credit: Ruth Elsey/Louisiana
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Getting Strategic to Protect Prime Gulf Coast Habitat

April 2014
Why the mottled duck evolved to become a bird that no longer migrates – an attribute that is rare in the waterfowl world – will likely remain one of Mother Nature’s mysteries. But scientific advancements are helping wildlife managers gain a better understanding of the mottled duck’s needs and refine their approach for ensuring the long-term health of this Gulf of Mexico coastal resident.


Photo of a Sonoran pronghorn doe
Sonoran Pronghorn Doe.
Photo Credit: USFWS

Bringing Sonoran Pronghorn Back from the Brink

April 2013
Sonoran Pronghorn Recovery Coordinator Jim Atkinson describes how partners are restoring the last remaining herd of this endangered sub-species in the United States after it was almost wiped out 10 years ago during the most severe drought on record in southern Arizona.
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Landscape at San Bernardino NWR
Landscape at San Bernardino NWR.
Photo credit: Bill Radke, USFWS.

New Approaches for Protecting Rare Species

February 2013
Bill Radke, manager of San Bernardino and Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Arizona, works with ranchers and others in the surrounding area to help imperiled fish and wildlife in the face of dwindling water resources.
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Photo of an Apache trout
Photo credit: Craig Springer, USFWS

Interagency Cooperation Helps Save Arizona’s Apache Trout

August 2012
Arizona’s official state fish, the threatened Apache trout, is making a comeback in the high country streams on White Mountain Apache homelands. This progress is attributed to successful Tribal-State-Federal collaboration and the Strategic Habitat Conservation approach.
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James Broska, Assistant Regional Director for Science Applications, 505.248.6928
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Last updated: April 5, 2017