Water and Paper

A few weeks ago, I wrote an update to New Mexico’s Gila River saga: This month, the year-old state agency in charge of planning and operating a diversion on the Gila River in southwestern New Mexico had to officially disclose its concept and location for the project. And while some of the plans still remain…

Fourteen years of Rio Grande coverage

Since 2002, I have covered nearly every aspect of the Rio Grande, including water rights, politics, endangered species, climate change, drought, and water quality. Below, you can find a selection of stories about the state’s largest river. Rio Grande 101  New Mexico In Depth, August 8, 2016 Triple digit temps dry the Rio Grande New…

New Mexico is at cutting edge of change—climate change

New Mexico is at cutting edge of change—climate change New Mexico In Depth, October 14, 2015   As anyone can attest who survived the 1950s drought – or whose ancestors weathered long, dry spells in centuries past—drought is not unusual in New Mexico. But unlike in the past, when changes in long-term, large-scale precipitation patterns…

The mighty Rio Grande

Twelve years ago this summer, I wrote my first news story about the Rio Grande in New Mexico. In July, 2002, I reported for High Country News: Since early June, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees have been working on the “Rio Grande highway” near Socorro, N.M., a seven-mile stretch of dried-up river. Salvage crews…

Down the Middle Rio Grande…

Most people in Albuquerque see the Middle Rio Grande in flashes, from a bike path or a bridge. But really? That’s no way to know the river. It takes drifting downstream and sometimes running into sandbars. The river provides water to cities and farmers. But it’s also a place of wildness, and of solace. Here’s…

Tooling around Montana

Last week, I had the chance to hang out with 18 other journalists and four folks from the Institutes of Journalism & Natural Resources. We traveled around Montana, visiting beautiful places and learning from experts on everything from forest fire ecology and climate change to endangered species and composting livestock carcasses. Here’s the week in…

photo surprise

While looking through pictures from last month, I just realized that while I was busy snapping pictures of this Belted Kingfisher, I neglected to notice there was someone else in the frame, too: (Looks to me like a Cooper’s Hawk, but feel free to correct me if you think otherwise….)

Updated WNS map

…And here’s the updated White Nose Syndrome map from today:

US map of white-nose syndrome in bats

I just received this map from Paul McKenzie and Jonathan Reichard at the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Reichard mentioned that a new map may be coming out soon. (Just to emphasize: There are no reported incidences in New Mexico.) To see the archived maps, visit: http://whitenosesyndrome.org/resources/map  

Bosque Porcupines

I love the Rio Grande’s bosque. And I especially love spotting porcupines up in the trees. Here are a few blurry shots from a canoe trip last Saturday in the Middle Rio Grande. (These guys were hanging out on the west side of the Rio Grande, north of Alameda. The only reason I spotted them…