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With 2015 coming to an end, I’d like to take the time to reflect on one of the neatest experiences I got to be a part of this year.
Whether you are a part of the NWTF, RMEF, MDF or any other wildlife conservation organization the most important thing is just that, being a part of at least one of them. Without Conservation organizations, our Hunting heritage would be obsolete. Conservation of animals and their habitats are of utmost importance. While some animals are overpopulating areas, other animals are being severely affected by disease, predators, and development. Animals in the wild face growing external pressures and stresses. Conservation Organizations raise funds to restore and conserve habitat, while we, the hunters do our part in controlling the wildlife population through hunting.
I became the NWTF Women in the Outdoors Coordinator for New Mexico and Chapter President for our National Wild Turkey Federation local chapter, The Mesilla Valley Longbeards about 4 years ago. Just recently, I was voted in on our New Mexico NWTF Board of Directors! Being a part of all of this means I get the opportunity to introduce, encourage, teach, learn and volunteer for such an amazing wildlife conservation organization!! The start of my 2015 will be a memory I will never forget!! The NWTF along with the New Mexico and Arizona Department of Game and Fish Biologists, conservation officers and volunteer staff exchanged and released 43 New Mexico pronghorns for 60 Arizona Goulds Turkeys. In January, I got to help release 16 of those Goulds turkeys into the Southern part of New Mexico near the Animas Mountains!! They are tracked throughout the year to see how they are adapting to their new environment. Biologists make several trips throughout the year to monitor and record them in their new habitat.
I captured a few images on video for you all to see. There will be one final release project possibly in January 2016, and I hope I get to be a part of it again!
If you get time, please visit any of your local hunting conservation websites. I encourage you to become a part of them, it is truly rewarding! #SavetheHabitatSavetheHunt