The Natural History of the Black Range

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The Natural History of the Black Range is diverse and complicated and to a remarkable extent unexplored and undocumented.  There are several works which cover species found in the Black Range and others which cover the ecosystem types found in the Black Range.  There are also works which describe the effects that humans have had on the area.  In general, we focus on the works of authors who live in the Black Range.  Hopefully, the following resources will help you understand and appreciate the beauty of this part of the world.

BLOG: The Natural Observer

           The Black Range Blog

VIDEOS: Birds of the Black Range


  1. BulletBirds of the Black Range and Gila NF

  2. BulletMammals of the Gila

  3. BulletAmphibians, Reptiles, & Fish of the Gila

  4. BulletFlora of the Black Range


  1. BulletPlants of the Black Range - 1 

  2. BulletPlants of the Black Range - 2

  3. BulletBugs of the Black Range

  4. BulletMammals of the Black Range

  5. BulletReptiles of the Black Range

  6. BulletButterflies and Moths of the Black Range

  7. BulletBirds of the Black Range


  1. BulletHoles In the Ground (Our Mining Portal has many geology links)


  1. Bulletbirding Southern New Mexico 

  2. BulletHillsboro Javelina History.pdf 

  3. BulletRamblings from a Hillsboro Naturalist vol 1 no 1.pdf

  4. BulletA Shell Hunt in the Black Range.pdf

The Works of Local Writers

(Check availability with Aldo’s Attic

and other sources)

After a long and distinguished career as a Wildlife Biologist performing research on the natural history of the Wild Turkey and Cougar, and becoming a nationally recognized expert on those species, Harley Shaw retired to become a major author on the natural history of this region.

Jan Haley’s work, both “Max Evans’ Hi Lo...” and “Free Flow” have received significant acclaim.  Her beautiful photographs provide significant insight to the varied lands of New Mexico.

Other Resources

  1. BulletNatural History References (A Webpage of the Black Range Rag)

  2. BulletNew Mexico Ornithological Society

  3. BulletMesilla Valley Audubon Society

  4. BulletSouthwestern New Mexico Audubon Society

  5. BulletThe New Mexico Geological Society

  6. BulletNative Plant Society of New Mexico (Las Cruces)

  7. BulletNative Plant Society of New Mexico (Silver City)

  8. BulletNew Mexico Rare Plants


flora - fauna - geology

Summer Tanager
Coral Fossil
Human Contributions