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Cranes at sunset at Bosque del Apache NWR. Credit: USFWS. Cranes at sunset at Bosque del Apache NWR. Credit: USFWS.

Southwest Region Stories

Enjoy news, stories of our employees, partners, events and conservation efforts in the Southwest Region. The dedication and passion for our natural resources that is attributed to the employees of this region, will allow future generations of Americans to enjoy our wild places. Scroll down this list of recent stories from the Southwest Region site.

Sabine River Authority Natural Resources Management Director Bill Kirby gently opens a Trinity pigtoe mussel in order to collect genetic information during a sampling trip to Lake Fork Creek




Protecting Water, Conserving Wildlife in the Sabine River

  Imperiled Central Texas Mussels Bring Conservation Focus to the San Saba River
  Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge Boardwalk Gets an Upgrade
  Apache Trout: From
Near Extinction
to EcoTourism

Rock cactus
Barton Springs pool in Austin, Texas.

  Game warden watches forensic lead test animal carcus. Warning, images in this story are graphic. Credit: USFWS.   Wildlife Inspector Jeff Moore Eenforces Federal Wildlife Laws on the US-Mexico Border. Credit: Al Barrus, USFWS.
Fish and Wildlife Special Agents and Partners Strike Major Blow to Cactus Black Market   Collaboration and Partnership Help Protect a Texas Treasure for Future Generations

How Maggots Help Game Wardens Fight Poachers



Enforcing Federal Wildlife Laws on the US-Mexico Border

New Mexico Dept of Game and Fish biologist W. Yearling, holds a razorback sucker. Credit: USFWS.  
A girl aims at a target with a bow and arrow. Credit: USFWS

  Attwater's prairie chicken dances in the sunset. Credit: John Magera, USFWS.  
A “Field of Dreams” Moment: Endangered Razorback Sucker Numbers on the Upswing
  Beating the Summertime Blues
  A Delicate Dance Insights from a Lifetime in Attwater’s Recovery
  Counting Sheep Hunts

  World Migratory Bird Day. Credit: Indu Roychowdhury   Biologist Lief Ahlm of Vermejo Park Ranch. Photo by Craig Springer, USFWS.
  Antique truck at the Couch Mountain Ranch. Credit: Steve Arey, USFWS.
Black-capped vireo Endangered No Longer

World Migratory Bird Day

  Artifacts of Epochs Past
  A Ripple Effect


The Art of the Hunt story.

Tashjian Oral History. Credit: USFWS.

  Smallmouth bass. Credit: Shannon Brewer, OSU.
  Texas pimpleback mussel. Credit: Clint Robertson, TPWD.
The Art of the Hunt
  Tashjian Oral History
  Wandering Habits of Smallmouth Bass in Oklahoma
  San Marcos Mussel Biologists Sciencing the Way
Moreno bog pool.
Monarch butterfly.

  Texas Game Warden Preston Kleman at the Texas State Capitol in Austin for his graduation ceremony in 2017. Credit: USFWS.   “Hunting with my son means a great deal to me,” said Gavin’s father Shawn Paschall. Credit: USFWS.
Map Reading in the Mimbres Valley
  The Magnificent Monarch

  From Wildlife Refuge
to Elite
Law Enforcement

  First Deer Hunt at Buffalo Lake Wildlife

Flowers in a field at Wichita Mountains NWR. Credit: USFWS.

Texas is home to more that 50 mussel species, 12 of which are unique to the state. Credit: Gary Pandolfi, USFWS.

  Scouting can pay off for public lands hunters. Credit: Paul Balkenbush, USFWS.   Syndey Wooldridge earned a spot in the annual Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt. Credit: Brian Wooldridge, USFWS.
Roosevelt's Game Preserve
  Mussel Building:
A gathering on mussel
conservation sets a
stage for success in
conserving native
Texas mussels

  Public Lands: Hagerman
National Wildlife Refuge
Quality Deer

Turkey Hunting and
the Psalm of Life

Quail habitat in New Mexico. Credit: Craig Springer, USFWS.  
USFWS Southwest Region fish distribution truck wrap. Credit: Tammy Simmons, USFWS.

  Dr. Benjamin Tuggle addresses students at the University of Texas San Antonio. Credit: USFWS.   Hawaiian Hawk. Credit: © Joel Satore/NatGeo.
See with a
Hunter’s Heart

  It's a Wrap: A new
graphic vinyl wrap
covers the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service,
Southwest Region’s
fish distribution truck.

  Developing Future
at the University
of Texas
at San Antonio


Hawaiian Hawk
Hatched at
Nation Aviary

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Mary Elder
Assistant Regional Director, External Affairs

Lesli Gray
Public Affairs Spec.
Congressional Liaison
All programs / Environmental Assessments /
Texas / Oklahoma
Aislinn Maestas
Public Affairs Spec.
New Mexico / 
Ecological Services / Wolf
Craig Springer
Public Affairs Spec.
Regional Priorities/
WSFR / Fisheries
Westley Foster
Native American Affairs Liaison
Tribal Trust Responsibilities
Tribal Consultation
Tribal Liaison (coordination)
Cell: (480) 421-8889
Abra Zobel
Digital Communications
Beth Ullenberg
Refuges / Regional Outreach Coordinator
Al Barrus
Public Affairs Specialist – Arizona, Oklahoma

Aubry Buzek
Public Affairs Specialist – Texas

Last updated: March 31, 2021