Squeezing the Life out of a Desert Wetland

The San Antonio Oxbow wetland and the Sandia Mountains, seen from the bluff near the Poole property in Albuquerque, NM. Photo credit: Bob Eggers, Condensed Light LLC.

On June 29, just before dusk, I stood in a crowd of about 130 people on a bluff overlooking the San Antonio Oxbow wetland in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Below us, 40 acres of marshland stretched east to the Rio Grande. On the horizon, the Sandia Mountains glowed pink in the fading light.

A little earlier in the season, huge flocks of red-winged blackbirds would have been gathering at this time…