Eurasion collared dove: New species on the block

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Not too many years ago, a different kind of bird began to show up in our yards. It was obviously some kind of dove, and many individuals wondered if it was a domestic pigeon or a large mourning dove. But, after a careful observation, even the most amateur bird watcher would recognize the bird as […]

County commissioners to attend Lea County Commission meeting

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County commissioners will be attending a meeting of the Lea County Commission 1 p.m. today at the Lea County Events Center regarding the endangered species listing of the sand dune lizard.

In search of ponies: Success understood across species

We just didn’t speak the same language. And it wouldn’t have been such a big deal if he didn’t have the ability to run over me like a Mac truck, a point which was driven home with every nervous or confused twitch he made. I can still see him standing there, nose to the fence, […]

Let’s put endangered species in kids’ hands

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

Our view: Endangered species put economy at risk

It could be a tough summer — unless one is a lizard.Fears of a stalling economy sent the Dow on a plummet last week. Housing values fell to their lowest in 10 years. Federal estimates of 180,000 new private-sector jobs in May fell short by 142,000. Pain at the pump approaches $4 a gallon, which […]

Sumner Lake remains closed to boating until at least June 14

CNJ staff State Park officials will make a determination on opening Sumner Lake to boating following the June 14 Carlsbad Irrigation District Board meeting. Sumner Lake was closed to all watercraft use May 27 after laboratory test results found indications of aquatic invasive species. Personnel from State Parks and Game and Fish decontaminated 18 boats […]

Lizard that lives in county could be added to endangered list

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A lizard that lives in southern Roosevelt County may become federally listed as an endangered species, limiting the use of the land included in its habitat. Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service proposed the dunes sagebrush lizard, also known as the sand dunes lizard, be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. […]

ENMU professor identifies newly-discovered beetle species

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Argen Duncan An Eastern New Mexico University scientist has classified an amber-encased prehistoric French beetle that has modern-day relatives in Portales. A group of scientists in France recently asked Associate Professor of Biology Darren Pollock to look at pictures of a beetle they’d found encased in amber, which is fossilized tree sap. When he did, […]

Sept. 13, 1973

Portales News Tribune reported that if there was a grand champion of the Kiwanis pet show at the fair the night before, it had to be a cat that ran up a steel pole at the urging of a police dog as big as a polo pony. The cat was retrieved from its slippery perch, […]

Biologists: Foxes not uncommon in area

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Foxes are shy, smart, and silent creatures who hunt a variety of animals and insects. There are four species of foxes in New Mexico; red, gray, kit and swift fox. Eastern New Mexico University Wildlife biologists Zach Jones and Tony Gennaro say foxes can be found almost anywhere. Gennaro […]

Local prairie chickens get unique protection

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sitting in the dark in the middle of nowhere with people I’d just met, everyone in the van was focused on one thing — prairie chickens. Soon, we started hearing them. I grew up around the prairie gobblers but their numbers were never great and I never paid them […]

Prairie chickens making comeback

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The lesser prairie chicken was once prolific across the shortgrass prairies of the Great Plains. The birds were often the only meat on a pioneer family’s table in hard times, which never seemed to go away for the plains sodbuster. Experts say the birds nearly met their demise, not […]

Prairie dogs wreaking havoc in area grasslands

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in Grady. Nonetheless, Grau said, the rodents are irksome, and he wishes them gone. “I fight them constantly,” said Grau, who prefers to keep […]

State recommends against listing prairie chicken

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer After a six-year investigation of lesser prairie chicken populations and habitats, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced June 9 in a press release that they will recommend against listing the species as threatened or endangered in the state. According to the results of the study posted […]

Bitter Lakes Refuge offers variety of diversions

The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge near Roswell is a great place to hike, hunt, and enjoy birdwatching; thousands of migratory birds make the area their winter home. The wetlands provide a wintering habitat for lesser sandhill cranes, Ross and snow geese, and about 20 species of ducks. Where it is: The Bitterlakes National Wildlife […]

Be cautious, but do not fear rattlesnakes

Jim Lee Well, spring has sprung. The time has come to bask in the sunshine of warmer days, smell all those nice green things coming to life after their winter slumber, enjoy the tulips and daffodils peeking up through the soil, look at the buds coming out on the trees, and think about rattlesnakes. I […]

New Mexico wetlands are more alive than you rhink

Jim Lee My wife Saundra suggested I write about the little-known wildlife native to the vast New Mexico wetlands. I suspect she offered this advice simply to hear the response of our friend who happens to be a retired biology professor and an expert in New Mexico wildlife. I won’t mention Dr. Tony Gennaro’s name, […]