Drones for Ducks

By Daniel Boyd / NM News Port

It may seem like technology and wildlife can’t coexist, but this isn’t always the case. Drones may soon play a vital part in protecting New Mexico’s wildlife. 

News Port’s Daniel Boyd spoke with a regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife official and filed this audio report.

Grant Harris is Chief of Biological Sciences for the USFWS in the Southwest. Among his projects is optimizing waterfowl populations in our national wildlife refuges.

The Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service encompasses Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. Per the USFWS website, the service works with other government agencies, communities, tribal governments, conservation groups, business interests, landowners and concerned citizens to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and their habitat.

  • 47 National Wildlife Refuges
  • 8 National Fish Hatcheries
  • 1 Fish Health Center
  • 4 Fishery and Wildlife Conservation Offices
  • 7 Ecological Services Field Offices
  • 18 Law Enforcement Offices
  • 4 Border Inspection Stations
  • 2 Law Enforcement Designated Ports of Entry
  • 5 Joint Ventures that conserve and improve migratory bird habitat across the Southwest
  • Over 900 dedicated professionals who achieve our conservation work.

Daniel Boyd is a UNM student exploring every medium of storytelling he can get his hands on.