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    Spring Into Spring!

    Bosque del Apache's spring, 2015 Tours and Hikes begin Saturday, March 28th! Make your reservations Today! Enjoy your spring on a refuge.

  • American black bear / USFWS

    Fun Fact

    The color of black bears varies with most eastern bears' fur dark black but in the west they might be brown, cinnamon, or blond.

  • Sunset on the water with cranes / Ryan Hagerty ©

    Thriving on the Refuge

    From a low of 17 individual cranes on the refuge in 1940, the wintering population of sandhills is up to 17,000.

    Rocky Mountain Sandhill Crane

  • Yucca view

    Wilderness Areas

    Bosque del Apache Refuge includes three designated wilderness areas: Chupadera Peak, Indian Wells & Little San Pasqual Wilderness Area.

    Designated by Congress

  • Coyote pup / Greg-Wright ©

    Get a Closer Look!

    Get up close and personal with some of the refuge's wild residents and the habitat they depend upon.

    Multimedia Gallery

Wildlife Tours March 28 and 29th!

Refuge Wildlife Tours Through This Weekend!

New Mexico State's bird, the Greater roadrunner with a meal / USFWS

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge's, final Wildlife Tours of the season will be this Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29! Saturday's tour will be from 2:00 to 4:30 pm, and Sunday's tour will begin at 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Make your reservation TODAY, by calling (575) 835-1828 ext. 0 and then join our naturalists in a passenger van (maximum of eight people per tour). There is no charge for the Tour and provided transportation. See the Flyer below for details.

Wildlife Tours Flyer

2015 Award Winners at Bosque del Apache!

Bosque del Apache Staff Honored

Refuge Supervisory Biologist, John Vradenburg in helicopter

The National Wildlife Refuge System Awards Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge's outstanding Conservation Leaders! The refuge's Supervisory Biologist, received the 2015 "Employee of the Year" Award! And, the refuge's "Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge" received the 2015 "Friends Group of the Year" Award! For all the information, view the link below. Congratulations to Bosque's Award winning employee and Friends Group members! Their exceptional work shows throughout the refuge! Visit our amazing refuge today!

2015 Outstanding Accomplishments Awards

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Enjoy The New Spring Season With Us!

  • Birding for Birders

    Western meadowlark songbird

    Join us this Saturday, March 28 at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge for a staff guided, bird watching tour. We'll do the driving on this free, 2 hour, tour from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Reservations are required, so please see our flyer linked below for details.

    Flyer - Bird Watchers Driving Tour
  • Spring Canyon Hikes Begin!

    Javelina family

    This seasons' Saturday Canyon Hikes begin on March 28th! Join us Saturday mornings for a free, two mile, round-trip canyon hike on Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Beginning at 8:15 am, you will explore a desert canyon and watch for wildlife on this refuge guided hike, which will be offered each Saturday from March 28 through April 18. For details, see the linked poster below. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling (575) 835-1828 and Zero to reach an operator.

    Saturday Morning Canyon Hike Poster
  • Genetically Modified Crops

     Refuge water manager in corn field with a bowl of corn kernels / USFWS

    Or GMO's for short . . . Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge abandoned the use of GMO’s years ago and has remained committed to using only non-GMO varieties. Refuge water manager, Brian Greeves partnered with Native Seeds, a Tucson, Arizona based non-profit organization, to test seven varieties of heirloom corn seeds and learned that many varieties of heirloom seeds grew in the southwest, are naturally hardier, drought tolerant, and because of a tighter husk are naturally more resistant to damage from pests. Bosque del Apache annually grows 300 acres of corn for sandhill cranes. In doing this, the refuge maximizes the benefit of this small parcel of land in an altered and changing modern landscape. If the heirloom corn proves to be nutritionally sufficient and the cranes will forage on it, the refuge hopes to produce all 300 acres of corn with heirloom seeds.

    Read the Full History Here
Page Photo Credits — Cranes in flight over vibrant sky, Cranes in motion, American black bear / USFWS, Sunset on the water with cranes / © Ryan Hagerty, Refuge canyon view / USFWS, Greater roadrunner, New Mexico State Bird, Refuge Supervisory Biologist, John Vradenburg in helicopter / USFWS, Western meadowlark / USFWS, Javelina family / refuge remote camera, USFWS, Refuge water manager in corn field with a bowl of corn kernels / USFWS, Close-up of crane's face, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2015
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