New Mexico State Conservation Partnership

The New Mexico State Conservation Partnership (NMSCP) works to facilitate state and regional conservation planning and projects for birds and other wildlife. Through collaborative partnerships, the NMSCP supports priority research and carries out management actions aimed at benefitting focal bird species and habitats.

Current Priorities:

  • Science-based wetlands and riparian habitat conservation
  • Carrying capacity, energetics and movements of sandhill cranes and waterfowl, with current focus on the Middle Rio Grande Valley



Current Projects:

Ducks swirl above Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Project Spotlight

Photo by Larry Kruckenberg

Understanding the role of habitat use, seasonal movement, and mortality to describe the winter ecology of the Rocky Mountain Population of Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) in the middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico The Rocky Mountain Population (RMP) of greater sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis tabida) recovered from low numbers in the early 1900s (≈ 150-200) to >21,000 cranes by 2008 (...