Water and Wildlife Management on Working Lands

A Field Day Series across New Mexico

Join us this spring and summer for a series of field days all about Water & Wildlife Management on Working Lands! These field days will take place throughout New Mexico in April, May, June and July. Topics will include erosion control, grazing, bird habitat, stock tank construction, windmills, and so much more. Each field day focuses on management practices that are relevant to that region and that particular ranch, and which support the local wildlife and watershed. You won’t want to miss this special series!

This series is a collaboration between the Quivira Coalition, Bird Conservancy of the RockiesWestern Landowners Alliance, and the NM State Land Office.

Send your questions to Leah at education@quiviracoalition.org and 505-393-1355.

Each field day requires a separate registration (see below). Camping is available for some of the field days. And food is available at all of them. More information and registration for each field day is available below. 

Fort Union Ranch

Watrous, NM


Join Fort Union’s Josh Miner, Triangle P’s Ariel Greenwood & Sam Ryerson, Bill Zeedyk for two days of education and fun on the land at Fort Union Ranch! We’ll learn about building erosion control structures, local wildlife and how their practices have supported the ecosystem, grazing for water and wildlife, beaver dam analogs, beaver reintroduction, tree thinning for wildlife habitat, and more. Camping is available Wednesday and Thursday night at Fort Union.

Sand Ranch

East of Roswell, NM

May 16  |  9AM – 4:30PM

We’ll meet at Sand Ranch to learn from Ranch Managers and Landowners Bret Riley and many more. They’ll share their stewardship experiences in regards to management, observations, goals, vision and prairie chickens! Additionally, there will be a monitoring demonstration and a number of agencies will be tabling and available for your questions.

Ute Creek Cattle Company

Bueyeros, NM

June 23 

We’ll learn all about grazing for water and wildlife, creek restoration, supporting local bird populations, and building water tanks and water conservation practices. Ute Creek Cattle Company received the Leopold Conservation Award in 2021! You can learn more about Tuda and the Ute Creek Cattle Company here. This field day is meant for producers, agency representatives and anyone interested in grazing to support water and wildlife.

Berlier Ranch

Encinos, NM

July 22

We’ll hear from Rancher Jim Berlier about his grazing management and local wildlife, and from ranch partners about prescribed burning, windmills (construction, land restoration, impacts on birds, etc.), local wildlife (antelopes, birds), and more. Learn more about Jim Berlier and his “Stewardship with Vision” here. The field day and lunch are completely free. The event is targeted towards producers, agency reps, and anyone interested in managing a ranch for water and wildlife.