Priority habitats in the Chihuahuan Desert are grasslands and riparian corridor with associated wetlands.
Grasslands are impacted by loss to agriculture or urbanization, brush encroachment, unsustainable grazing all exacerbated by drought. In some areas, flat or low-slope grasslands are being lost to unsustainable agriculture at a high rate. After only a few years of irrigated crop production the soil becomes too salty to be productive and the farmers move to new areas. Partners are working with ranchers to improve grassland condition and profitability as well as resiliency in the face of drought or other stressors.
Riparian corridors and associated wetlands are of critical importance to priority birds at all seasons. Riparian corridors are all too often impacted by clearing and tree cutting, altered river flows including flooding, grazing, and other human impacts. The initial step is an inventory of current conditions and existing threats.