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    Fairview, New Mexico

    12 Acres | December 27, 1995
    Pat and Jan McCreary, donors
    Conservation Easement

    The Arroyo Alamo Wildlife Sanctuary was established in December 1995 when Pat and Jan McCreary donated a conservation easement to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. These 12 acres in Fairview, New Mexico, are now permanently protected for the wildlife who call it home.

    “The tide of development in this area is destroying wildlife habitat forever,” said Jan McCreary.  “My husband and I decided to work with the Wildlife Land Trust to create a wildlife sanctuary where animals can find a safe place to live, and where the land will forever remain as open and as beautiful as it is today.”

    The Arroyo Alamo Wildlife Sanctuary rises from the flood plain of the Santa Cruz River. A small pond on the property provides habitat for ducks, turtles and other wetland animals. The combination of desert, wetland, wet meadow and the pond make a particularly diverse combination of communities in a few acres.

    The meadows provide grazing for several horses. A ditch crossing the property sustains the meadows and wetlands. Numerous songbirds, a desert cottontail, ducks, and turtles were all observed on this small tract within a few hours, indicating its wildlife richness.

    A myriad of bird species enjoy the sanctuary including goldfinch, marsh hawk, western tanager, woodpeckers, chickadees, magpies and quails. Wildlife in and around the pond includes muskrats, raccoons, ring-tail cats and frogs.

    Although this sanctuary remains privately owned, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust has an obligation to perform periodic inspections to ensure that the wildlife habitat remains in good condition and that the terms of the conservation easements are being met.  These inspections, and the handling of any destruction or violations, cost heavily in professional staff time, consultants, and travel expenses. In addition HSWLT needs a reserve of funds for the substantial legal fees needed if enforcement of violations involves court action.

    HSWLT has promised to protect this property as sanctuary forever -- and that promise will be kept.  If you can help with the cost of stewardship for this and the other properties HSWLT protects, please donate here.

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