Flycatcher habitat applications encouraged

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico is currently accepting applications through Feb. 15, to improve habitat for the Southwestern willow flycatcher.

This species is part of the Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative. Federal, state, and local wildlife experts are jointly identifying at-risk species that would benefit from targeted habitat restoration investments on private and tribal lands.

Southwestern willow flycatcher habitat is along riparian areas in the western half of the state, as well as some northeastern and southeastern counties. Their habitat is along the Rio Grande in Taos, Santa Fe, Valencia, Socorro, Sierra and Doña Ana counties, and the San Francisco Creek and Tularosa Creek in Catron County.

Maps for these locations and more information about the Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative are available at the NRCS website: www.nm.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/2012/2012whip.html.

Private landowners and tribal representatives are encouraged to visit their local NRCS field office for additional information before the Feb. 15 deadline. The Socorro office is located at 103 Neel Ave. and can be reached at 835-1710.