Grazing Management on the Weaver Ranch

Jim Weaver

When Jim Weaver purchased his ranch in southeast New Mexico in the 1980s, decades of mismanagement had left the grasslands overrun by shinnery, short shin-oak plants that impede grass growth by sequestering water in the root system. Weaver Ranch Manager Willard Heck discusses benefits of limiting shin-oak to let the tall grasses return.

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Citizen Science: Christmas Bird Counts

The approach of Christmas foretells the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, held in various locations between December 14 and January 5. It’s an activity that allows laypeople to develop an interest in bird watching, while their help in conducting the census is invaluable. Scientific organizations couldn’t afford to pay for the vital data-collection performed by thousands of “citizen scientists” across the nation.

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