Family Farm Alliance: Check out the New Video from Water 4, “The Fragile Flyway”

Communities of people, water birds, and wildlife in Colorado’s San Luis Valley and central New Mexico are linked by the life-giving waters of the Rio Grande. Wetlands along the Rio Grande and throughout the Intermountain West are increasingly scarce, with only 2 percent of this historical range remaining. These habitats are typically associated with irrigated agriculture and occur on working ranches and farms.

A new video from our partners at the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV), “The Fragile Flyway: Conserving the Rio Grande Corridor”, explores the significance of the green ribbon of wetland habitat and irrigated agricultural lands to migratory birds and people in the corridor of this important river.

The loss of wetlands and irrigated agriculture is happening at unprecedented scales and existing systems lack the capacity to adequately address them. The following elements are crucial to our ability to conserve wetlands and agriculture for future generations:


  1. Capacity to access funds and implement conservation at an accelerated pace.
  2. Science integrated into decision support tools to guide strategic conservation investments.
  3. Communication to elevate the message of working wet meadows and cross-boundary and multi-species efforts.
  4. Partnership development to advance sophisticated relationships for synergies in conservation.

For more information about how Water 4 strives to meet these goals, visit IWJV’s Water 4 page.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.