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.

Watch out for traps while hiking

Dog, Mahlia, caught in a trap
NOTE: GRAPHIC PHOTOS ATTACHED (Red circles identify apparent trap wounds on the coyote carcasses: photos courtesy Kevin Bixby, Southwest Environmental Center; Pictures of Mahlia in the trap and her injuries: photos courtesy NMDOG—higher resolution available upon request).

Victory! Circuit court halts border wall construction (for now)

Border wall in NM
Once again a court has ruled that the Trump Administration's use of emergency powers to build the border wall is illegal. This time it was the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in a lawsuit brought by the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) and the Sierra Club. SWEC is a co-plaintiff…

SWEC joins with Senator Udall, University of New Mexico to sponsor biodiversity webinar series

Biodiversity
The Southwest Environmental Center is excited to announce that we are co-hosting a series of webinars this fall focused on the critical need to address the biodiversity crisis in New Mexico and beyond, in partnership with the Office of the U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Species in Peril project at UNM,…