Category Archives: Our Land

Our Land: Backyard Wildlife Sanctuaries

Our Land Backyard Refuge

July 12, 2019 – In this month’s installment of Our Land, correspondent Laura Paskus takes viewers along as she examines the effort to build a network of backyard wildlife sanctuaries across New Mexico’s urban landscape. The spaces can create a surprisingly serene refuge for both animals and people.

Laurel Ladwig, graduate student, UNM Geography and Environmental Studies
Judith Phillips, garden designer
Jill Brown,

Our Land: Rio Grande Habitat Restoration

Our Land: Restoration

June 14, 2019 – It’s scary when rivers crest above their banks or burst their levees. In the Midwest, rising river waters have been dangerous for boaters and swimmers and caused millions in property damage as they’ve inundated homes along the Mississippi and other rivers.

But springtime flooding is also a natural part of a river’s cycle. On the Rio Grande, spring floods help nurture the cottonwood bosque, allow fish to spawn and benefit all sorts of other species—including humans.

This year, the Rio Grande is expected to keep running higher than it has in recent years, all the way through the month of June. That’s a stark contrast to years past, including just last spring.

Correspondent Laura Paskus takes us to the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, and to a habitat restoration site near Socorro, where engineers are trying to turn back the clock on river management concepts as they look toward the future of water in the Southwest.

Ann Demint, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation engineer
Chris Torres, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation acting field division manager