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NHNM has contracted with the Center of Excellence for Hazardous Materials Management to provide a habitat map for the dunes sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus). This project will also produce a comprehensive and reliable database of known dunes sagebrush lizard localities in New Mexico. Primary goals of the project include a habitat map covering the species' range in southeastern New Mexico.

Gunnison's Prairie-Dog

Across their ranges, populations of black-tailed and Gunnison’s prairie dogs have declined dramatically over the last 100 years. The black-tailed prairie dog is being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act, and the Gunnison’s is a candidate for listing over part of its range, including north-central New Mexico. Prairie dogs dig burrows and disturb vegetation, creating bare areas visible on aerial photographs.