Current Initiatives

  • Rio Fernando Park

    The Taos Land Trust is beginning the process of revitalizing a 20-acres of wetland and agricultural land next to Fred Baca Park. This project will revitalize a section of the Rio Fernando River, bring an acequia back to life, and restore the once-productive agricultural lands of this property.
  • Community Conservation

    From acequia associations who have proved vigilant stewards of the land and water for centuries, to ranchers who have chosen to restore their grasslands, much of our community has worked to preserve our landscapes and livelihoods for years.

Birding in Taos, New Mexico – the Rio Fernando Wetlands

A guest post from our amiga Meg Scherch Peterson. Birding in Taos, New Mexico is growing. For birders, the lure of viewing the amazing avian wildlife along the Rio Fernando in Taos, New Mexico has always been irresistible. During seasonal bird counts, we would sometimes hop the fence separating Fred Baca Park from what is now Rio Fernando Park. Our intentions were pure: to document the birds of the Rio Fernando wetlands. But that surreptitious birding is now officially ended. On June 1, some 25 to 30 birders unhitched a gate and made a bit of history: we participated in the first official bird walk along the wetland portion of Rio Fernando Park. Photo courtesy Steve Knox We were a large group for birding ...

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“I want to see a park where the public can easily feel like this is their space. I want to see a park with equitable access. Walking space, places for youth to hang out. I want to see a park with edible fruit trees where people can stop off for a snack. I want to see a park where our youth are involved. I know there has been a talk about a lot of agricultural activities. But let’s make sure that is kid focused. I’d love it if there was an after school agricultural club where the kids can take those veggies home, maybe sell them at the market.” – Anonymous, Town of Taos