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Welcome to the New Mexico Avian Conservation Partners Website (NMACP). Numerous bird conservation initiatives exist in North America and within New Mexico, including New Mexico Partners in Flight. New Mexico Avian Conservation Partners strives to build a networking  forum for government agencies, non-governmental organizations, corporations, and individuals with an interest in collaboration. To this end, NMACP functions in a similar manner to the way that Partners in Flight facilitated communication among researchers, educators and land managers. We hold statewide meetings to prioritize conservation needs, disseminate research results, provide potential funding sources, promote conservation education and outreach programs, as well as conservation information that may be of interest to the bird conservation community.

We also host a list serve to facilitate communication among partners, provide meeting announcements, funding opportunities, conservation actions, and other information useful to those in the avian conservation community. To subscribe to the list serve send an e-mail message to listserv@listserv.uark.edu. Then, in the subject line and the body of the message, write: Subscribe NEWMEXALLBIRDGROUP-L firstname lastname

On this web site you also will find:


Steering Committee Members

Gail Garber
Hawks Aloft, Inc.
Tom Jervis
Audubon New Mexico
Dave Krueper
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Christopher Rustay
Playa Lakes Joint Venture
Janet Ruth
U.S. Geological Survey
Hira Walker
NM Dept. of Game and Fish


In the late 1980s, there were growing concerns about apparent declines in numbers of migratory birds. These concerns prompted the formation of Partners in Flight. Partners in Flight is a voluntary coalition of federal, state, and local government agencies, conservation organizations, private industry, and the ornithological community dedicated to halting or reversing downward trends in bird populations. Since its inception in 1990, Partners in Flight has helped direct resources to the conservation of non-game landbirds by facilitating and coordinating cooperative efforts in conservation planning, biological research and monitoring, habitat management and restoration, outreach and education.

As a state chapter of this larger partnership, New Mexico Partners in Flight (NMPIF) was established in 1995 to promote and enhance conservation and management efforts for New Mexico birds and the habitats on which they depend. In 2007, the effort was renamed New Mexico Avian Conservation Partners to better reflect all avian conservation plans at work in the Western Hemisphere.

Who Are We?

Key participants in NMACP include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Intermountain West and Playa Lakes Joint Ventures, the National Park Service, the Department of Defense, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the New Mexico State Land Office, the New Mexico Natural Heritage Program, the New Mexico Audubon Society and its chapters, The Nature Conservancy, Hawks Aloft, Inc., and various university and independent researchers and other dedicated individuals. See our links page for information on these and other partner organizations.

What Do We Do?

NMACP seeks to apply the guiding principles of all North American Bird Conservation efforts at the state level, to address both national and state conservation needs. We identify conservation needs by developing a New Mexico Bird Conservation Plan, based on the best available research and information on our state's birds. Because we are continuously learning about the status of New Mexico's birds and refining our recommendations, the Bird Conservation Plan is subject to periodic revisions. With funding support from the Bureau of Land Management, we updated the New Mexico Bird Conservation Plan in 2007. This revision, Version 2.1, is available now.  

Photographs and images appearing on this website are courtesy of David Powell and Hawks Aloft, Inc.



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