Galisteo Basin Preserve (Southern High Plains, Santa Fe County, New Mexico)
The Galisteo Basin prairie dog reintroduction project has been successfully completed.
The Galisteo Basin Preserve represents a core, unique, and progressive approach to conservation. Our partnership with Commonweal Conservancy began with rescuing rare Gunnison’s prairie dogs that were in mortal danger from development in other areas of northern New Mexico and reintroducing them to the preserve, where they had been extirpated. As a keystone species, prairie dog reintroductions have been welcomed on this ecotone preserve.
First Santa Fe Prairie Dog Town Completed! People & Prairies Helping Each Other
Deep within the Galisteo Basin Preserve during October.
“I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” – Exodus 3
Look at this nice pronghorn who recently came to our prairie dog restoration site on the New Moon Overlook of the Galisteo Basin Preserve. As you can see. we still have a lot of cholla clearing to do, but the grass is looking good for this drought-stricken (and previously overgrazed) area, and the wildlife is coming back. It’s very exciting.
Photo by Paula Martin, Grasslands Wildlife Coordinator
A Prairie Dog Thanksgiving
For Many Species, Moving Day Has Added Stress