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Conserving the Nature of America in the Southwest Region
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Our Stories of Science    

The following stories highlight how we’re carrying out science in the Southwest Region; particularly, how we’re dealing with climate change and achieving more to reaching our landscape conservation goals.


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

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

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.


Mottled duck. Credit: NPS.
  Getting Strategic to Protect Prime Gulf Coast Habitat

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.


Sonoran pronghorn doe. Credit: USFWS.
  Bringing Sonoran Pronghorn Back from the Brink

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.
Photo credit: Bill Radke, USFWS.
  New Approaches for Protecting Rare Species

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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Last updated: October 3, 2018