Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report
Publication: Report prepared for Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Act Collaborative Program, 57 p.
The Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program (MRGESCP or Program) is made up of federal, state, tribal, and local signatory organizations that work together to support actions in the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) that benefit endangered and threatened species. The Program aids in the recovery of five federally listed species inhabiting the MRG: the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow (RGSM), the endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher (SWFL), the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse (NMMJM), the threatened yellow-billed cuckoo (YBCU), and the threatened Pecos sunflower (PESU). As the MRGESCP works towards its species-specific goals, it is committed to protecting the MRG’s existing and future water uses. Program signatories support the Program’s mission by performing scientific, technical, and administrative activities. The signatories fund and staff scientific studies, population management efforts, water operations, and habitat restoration to the benefit of the MG’s listed species, while also participating in Program planning, administration, and technical support. In fiscal year 2019 (FY19), the Program updated its mission to focus on conducting science that benefits listed species recovery through an adaptive management process. Signatories worked throughout FY19 to support this updated mission by contributing to numerous scientific endeavors and engaging in the development of an adaptive management framework for the Program. This report summarizes the Program’s FY19 activities.