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.

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 live 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.

Give to Wildlife this Giving Tuesday

Support Wildlife
Help us celebrate the spirit of giving this Tuesday, December 1st! We are kicking off our first-ever Giving Tuesday campaign and invite you to join us in our fight to protect wildlife and their habitats here in the Southwest. Join our community of donors today, and if you are able to give over $100…

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).