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 and on-the-ground restoration projects.


URGENT: All NM's Wildlife Deserves Protection--Take Action!

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SB417: "State Game Commission Mission and Purpose" recognizes that all of NM's wildlife deserves protection. We need your help to get it passed.

Legislation introduced by Heinrich and Udall will restore protections for our border communities, wildlife, and environment.

NM Senators Udall and Heinrich introduce legislation that will protect border wildlife and communities from border wall construction. New border wall constructed west of Santa Teresa, NM in 2018. The Southwest Environmental Center applauds New Mexico U.S.

Announcing our Spring 2019 Back by Noon Schedule!

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Calling all Nature Enthusiasts The Southwest Environmental Center is excited to announce the Spring 2019 schedule of its popular Saturday morning, guided natural history outings. Nature lovers from across the region are invited to visit one of the nation’s largest desert grasslands, hear through…

New SWEC Report Proposes a Way to Save Rio Grande Fishes

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New SWEC Report Proposes a Way to Save Rio Grande Fishes American Eels were once abundant in the Rio GrandeThe Rio Grande in Southern New Mexico has experienced the loss of up to two-thirds of its native fish species due to a century of dam-building, channel-straightening, and diversion of its…

New Mexico Wolf Killer Faces Consequences

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New Mexico Wolf Killer Faces Consequences The Mexican Gray Wolf is one of the most endangered canid species in the worldIn 2015, Craig Thiessen of Datil, NM intentionally trapped an endangered Mexican Gray Wolf and bludgeoned him to death with a shovel.