Surveying and Monitoring Southwestern Willow Flycatchers and Yellow-billed Cuckoos

In February 2005, funds were awarded from the USFWS Tribal Landowner Incentives Program (TLIP) for the project, "Willow Swale Development and Surveys for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) on the Pueblo of Santa Ana, Sandoval County, New Mexico". This project allows the Pueblo to conduct formal surveys for southwestern willow flycatcher (WIFL) and yellow-billed cuckoo (YBCU) within all suitable habitats across the Pueblo. In addition, the project provides the Pueblo with the opportunity to survey restored or created habitats to determine if restoration activities have benefited either species. In addition to documenting presence or absence of WIFLs and YBCUs, monitoring and environmental attribute data resulting from the formal surveys will be used to guide future riparian management priorities and strategies.

The project promotes Pueblo support for wildlife enhancement projects, generates community interest in ornithology, creates an opportunity to build the Pueblo's capacity to provide for wildlife and their habitats, and reinforces the concept of wildlife management on the Pueblo.