Wildlife Conservation

Creating a better life

 The wildlife in New Mexico is extremely diverse. The size, terrain and climate make it one of the more biologically diverse states in the nation. Twin Willows Ranch has a variety of ecosystems from grasslands, riparian areas to forests which place a huge diversity of animal species. Our Conservation Program focuses on the monitoring of birds and bees species.




For several years, Twin Willows Ranch has done bird monitoring on the property. From to 2012 to 2013, the ranch  was a site of biodiversity by the Denver Zoo. Based on sample locations from these efforts, bird monitoring was again conducted by Mollie Walton since 2016 and continues to this day.

There has been 98 bird species recorded at Twin Willows. Bellow, you can visualize our Bird Guide 2020.


Twin Willows has provided an opportunity to learn about bees in an area of New Mexico where bee diversity has never been explored. In 2018 and 2019, a survey of the bees of Twin Willows Ranch in northeastern New Mexico was initiated. The goal was to document the species that occur in the area, creating an annotated list of its bees. Prior to the study, only 25 species had been documented for the entire Mora county. To date, 81 species have been found at Twin Willows Ranch, tripling the number known for the entire county prior to the initiation of this study two years ago. 


The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of men

Charles Darwin

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