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New Mexico Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool Online Map

Improving Conservation Using High-Tech Maps

New Mexican’s now have a powerful new mapping tool that locates important wildlife habitat throughout New Mexico. Recent advances in science and technology allow map users to view key areas for animals and plants through the online map at http://nmchat.org/. See press release below.

Natural Heritage New Mexico (NHNM) received the 2013 Conservation Impact Award recently at the NatureServe network's annual Biodiversity Without Boundaries conference in Baltimore. The award honors recent accomplishments by NHNM, a division of the University of New Mexico's Museum of Southwestern Biology and the UNM Department of Biology.

On June 20, 2013, the NHNM ecology team presented a one-day workshop focused on the biotic metrics that are included in the NMRAM. The goal of the workshop was to familiarize participants with the included metrics, and to introduce beginning botanists to plant identification terminology, concepts, and skills such as graminoid identification, recognizing common northern New Mexican riparian species, and how to collect specimens for identification in the office.

Since 2011, Natural Heritage New Mexico (NHNM) has worked with the New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to develop a searchable website for New Mexico Section 10 reports. Per Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act, all permitted researchers and contractors submit annual reports of research conducted on federally listed species to USFWS to inform the Service on the current status of the species. These reports have some of the most current information on federally listed species in New Mexico.

In October 2012, Natural Heritage New Mexico (NHNM) partnered with local bat biologists to review recent information for New Mexico's bat species and update their state conservation status ranks. Biologists from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, and the University of Nebraska-Kearney provided expertise to accurately assess each species.

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