Previous Project: Neutron Energy
Uranium mining was a significant industry in New Mexico from the early 1950s until price declines forced the closure of many mines in the early 1980s. Active uranium mining ended in New Mexico in 1998. However, rising uranium prices have created new interest in mining in the United States. Currently, several companies, including Neutron Energy, Inc. (NEI), are permitted to resume active drilling in the historic Grants mineral belt. The survey area is located 40 miles northwest of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hawks Aloft, Inc. was originally contracted in 2007 by NEI to conduct surveys for threatened, endangered, or special status avian or plant species. Since then, we have focused our surveys on raptors, Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus), and the New Mexico state listed threatened species, Gray Vireo (Vireo vicinor), based on data collected during the original baseline surveys and subsequent surveys. Surveys have resumed each year to conduct species-specific surveys, raptor monitoring, and document other songbirds using the area. The primary goal of these surveys is to provide ongoing data regarding the status of species of conservation concern as part of the permitting process and to assist NEI with long-term management plans.