November 29, 2019 – In a repeat of a favorite “Our Land” segment, correspondent Laura Paskus takes us to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge for a look behind the scenes at how managers maintain this internationally renowned habitat.
Many people visit the refuge during the winter months to get an up-close look at the tens of thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese and ducks that migrate to the Middle Rio Grande each year. But the refuge also hosts all kinds of other wildlife, including raptors, songbirds, elk, deer, javelina, bobcats and mountain lions.
Supporting all that wildlife, as well as the thousands of visitors who come to the refuge each year, means staffers and volunteers have their work cut out for them throughout the year. As refuge manager Kevin Cobble helped us understand, there are crops to grow and water to move around and even more sights to see.
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.
Guests: Ann Demint, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation engineer
Chris Torres, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation acting field division manager