Southwest Environmental

SWEC August News
From Kevin Bixby
All SWEC members and supporters—are invited to join in a protest march August 27-31 against the  border wall along the Rio Grande in west Texas. This 15-foot high wire mesh fence would block wildlife access to the river—and fragment wildlife populations on both sides of the border. The accompanying stadium lighting would disrupt wildlife behavior. The fence is part of a fast-tracked plan to build a wall along much of the U.S./Mexico border.  However, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has waived all environmental laws and eliminated any public comment on the proposal. The march will cover the distance of the proposed fence, beginning in Fort Hancock (about 50 miles east of El Paso) and finishing in Sunland Park (NM).You can join the march for any portion, or in its entirety.

Job Announcement–Regional Organizer

The Southwest Environmental Center is looking for a regional organizer to mobilize public support for our campaigns to protect Otero Mesa, the Rio Grande, Mexican wolves, etc. Especially interested in someone who can build bridges and energize new allies, such as communities of faith, immigration activists, students, etc. Must be energetic, outgoing, politically active, creative, and passionate about protecting the natural world. Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills are required, along with solid writing skills. Community organizing, political or media experience, and some knowledge of Spanish are desired but not essential. Starting salary $28-36K, DOQ, plus health insurance. See complete job description at To apply, send resume, cover letter and writing sample to

Donations still needed for SWEC’s silent auction

The annual SWEC fundraiser is scheduled for October 11th. The planning committee is hard at work to make this the best-ever event with good food, entertainment, and fun things to bid on to further support the cause. We are seeking donations of an item or item(s) that we may add to the silent auction. We are targeting items that have a retail worth of between $50–$200. Feel free to be creative–we are open to suggestions.

Here are some items that have sold well in the past.
Please contact one of the Chairwomen for this event: Lori Miller at 526-2696 ( or Vicky Rader at 526-9030 ( to discuss your donation and request drop-off or pick-up information.

Volunteer Needed—Aquarium Assistant We are looking for someone who can help us improve our Rio Grande Aquarium display with any or all of the following tasks: obtaining and caring for additional specimens of native fish (esp. shovelnose sturgeon and American eel), improving exhibit interpretation, and improving conditions in our two tanks. Contact Kevin for more info at

Kevin Bixby, Executive Director
Southwest Environmental Center
275 North Downtown Mall
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 522-5552 (575) 526-7733 fax

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