A voice for wildlife and wild places since 1992

Our vision is a world where all wild animals have a right to flourish, regardless of their utility to humans. Our mission is to protect wildlife and their habitats in the Southwest through grassroots advocacy, education and on-the-ground restoration projects.

The 15th Annual Prius Raffle is Here!

Win this car!
Buy a chance to win this car and help protect wildlife in the Southwest! This spring, don’t miss your opportunity to win a brand new 2021 Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid in the Southwest Environmental Center’s 2021 Prius Raffle!

TAKE ACTION: Support Needed for NM Wildlife Heritage Act (SB312)

The New Mexico Wildlife Heritage Act (SB312) will be heard in the NM Senate Conservation Committee next Tuesday morning, February 23rd. Please take a moment to voice your support for this important bill. SB312 (Steinborn, Small) would be a huge step towards bringing wildlife management into the…

SWEC's top legislative priorities in NM

NM Legislature
  The New Mexico Legislature is currently in session. Here are some bills that we are tracking closely. Wildlife Heritage Act (SB312--Steinborn, Small):

Why Hunting Isn't Conservation, and Why It Matters

A bison bull on the Armendaris Ranch
In this important new article, SWEC executive director Kevin Bixby explains how the current system of wildlife management in the U.S., by being overly focused on serving hunters and anglers, is failing to meet the challenge of protecting species and ecosystems in the face of global extinction…

Update: Link to Transforming State Wildlife Management to Save Biodiversity Webinar

If you missed this webinar hosted by SWEC executive director Kevin Bixby, don't worry. Here is a link to the video. We highly recommend watching this expansive, informative and inspiring conversation with three highly experienced and insightful panelists.