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#WILDERNESS50 - #YOURWILDERNESS is a hotspot for avian and mammalian diversity

Many of BLM’s resources and ecosystems are truly remarkable and offer enrichment to the National Wilderness Preservation System.  For example, the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness has produced a wealth of paleontological resources including the skull of the tyranasaurid dinosaur, also known as the Bisti Beast, that have given scientists insight into the evolution of these large predatory animals, and a duck-billed dinosaur in such a state of preservation that they were able to replicate it’s nasal chamber to reproduce dinosaur sounds.

In southwest New Mexico, the Gila Lower Box Wilderness Study Area is a hotspot for avian diversity with 265 bird species documented while Cowboy Springs WSA is home to over 60 species of mammals making it one of the most significant areas for mammalian diversity in the region. These are just a few examples of the wealth of public benefits BLM’s wilderness lands provide. These areas belong to you, the public, and I encourage everyone to get out and experience these special places. – Jesse Juen, BLM New Mexico State Director

BLM New Mexico employees, local residents and visitors enjoy diverse and rugged wilderness areas managed by the BLM, like the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, Gila Lower Box Wilderness Study Area and the Continental Divide WSA pictured here. Photos by Bob Wick and Mike Howard, BLM