RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The combination of environmental remediation and wide, accessible trails through the bosque in Rio Rancho might be a little too much of a good thing.
That’s according to Hawks Aloft Executive Director Gail Garber of Rio Rancho. She said for bird watchers, and the birds themselves, the human interference and lack of suitable nest sites and food for many birds has decreased the local avian population.
“A low level of disturbance doesn’t cause much problem when there is a dense understory,” she said.
But recent projects have removed invasive species, such as the salt cedar and Russian olive trees, and there are wide trails along the west side of the river, which encourage people to walk and bring their dogs, she said. The dogs that are walked off-leash are especially problematic for the birds, she said.