Latin: Coccyzus americanus
Yellow Warbler. Photo: Walter Korman/Audubon Photography Awards
We work to protect birds and the places they need, which in the southwestern United States includes rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, and their associated habitats. Access to clean and reliable water is essential for birds and people. And yet, we are currently operating within a legacy system of water management that originally excluded Indigenous and Tribal water needs, and excluded the needs of the environment (particularly habitat dependent on flowing rivers and wetlands). In order to bring about solutions that benefit birds and people, we work with decision-makers, cities, Tribes, farmers, and others to improve water management and water policies in Arizona and New Mexico.
Water for rivers and wetlands that strategically benefits birds
Strategic riparian and wetland habitat protection, restoration, and stewardship involving or led by the local community
Equitable and inclusive water management and decision-making
Water management systems that are adaptive to the challenges of climate change
The Isleta Reach Hub is a portal of the natural resources of the Rio Grande in Central New Mexico created with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The Isleta Reach of the Middle Rio Grande is a remarkable geography that includes complex, multi-aged cottonwood-willow forests, vibrant farms, small cities, historic villages and fantastic views. This cherished landscape is dependent on water-water for farms, water for homes and water for wildlife.
Click below to learn more about the geography and ecological history of this beautiful landscape.