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Water and Wildlife Management Field Day at Fort Union Ranch

April 27 - April 29

Fort Union Ranch



APRIL 28, 9AM – 5PM & APRIL 29, 9AM – 10:30AM

Join Fort Union’s Josh Miner, Triangle P’s Ariel Greenwood & Sam Ryerson, Bill Zeedyk for two days of education and fun on the land at Fort Union Ranch! We’ll learn about building erosion control structures, local wildlife and how their practices have supported the ecosystem, grazing for water and wildlife, beaver dam analogs, beaver reintroduction, tree thinning for wildlife habitat, and more. Camping is available Wednesday and Thursday night at Fort Union.

The workshop is entirely free. However, donations are encouraged to help cover the cost of food! See registration for more details and thank you for considering donating.

Learn more about Fort Union RanchBill Zeedyk, and Triangle P Cattle Co.!

This is part I in a 4-part series on Water & Wildlife Management on Working Lands happening April through July throughout New Mexico. Learn more about the other field days in the series and register for them here.

AGENDA *the agenda is subject to change, we will update this webpage accordingly

Wed April 27
Camping available this night. Plan to arrive between 4 and 8PM
6:00 – 7:00pm – Dinner

Thurs April 28
8:00 – 9:00am – Breakfast and coffee, Josh Miner (Resource Manager) introduces Fort Union Ranch over breakfast, Participant introductions
9:00 – 9:30am – New folks arrive and register
9:30am – 12:00pm – Bill Zeedyk introduces erosion control structures, focus on one rock dams; Erosion work in Higgins Canyon (building one rock dams)
12:00 – 1:15pm – Lunch; Grazing for water and wildlife with (Amy Wright and Nick Baefsky, Fort Union Ranch); Grazing and beaver dam analogs (Ariel Greenwood & Sam Ryerson, Triangle P Cattle Co.)
1:15 – 2:00pm – Rangeland management for birds with Will Jaremko Wright (Sol Ranch, NMHU)
2:00 – 3:00pm – Fort Union’s water restoration plan and restoration work to date with Lea Knutson (Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance)
3:00-5:30pm – Erosion work continues
6:00 – 7:00pm – Dinner
7:30-9:30pm – Bonfire (depending on weather)

Fri April 29
8:00 – 9:00am – Breakfast and coffee; Josh introduces the day; Any new participants introduce themselves
9:00 – 10:30am – Final erosion work
10:30 – 12:00pm – Breakdown camp, farewell!


Contact education@quiviracoalition.org with any questions.


About the series:

Join us this spring and summer for a series of field days all about Water & Wildlife Management on Working Lands! These field days will take place throughout New Mexico in April, May, June and July. Topics will include erosion control, grazing, bird habitat, stock tank construction, windmills, and so much more. Each field day focuses on management practices that are relevant to that region and that particular ranch, and which support the local wildlife and watershed. You won’t want to miss this special series!

This series is a collaboration between the Quivira Coalition, Bird Conservancy of the RockiesWestern Landowners Alliance, and the NM State Land Office.

Send your questions to Leah at education@quiviracoalition.org and 505-393-1355.

Each field day requires a separate registration. Camping is available for some of the field days. And food is available at all of them.


Fort Union Ranch
Watrous, NM United States + Google Map

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