For Farmers and Growers . . .
The refuge is seeking Agricultural Producers for a five year Cooperative Agricultural Program. Applications are due January 16, 2015.
Forage Production and Harvest Agreement & Map
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
Bosque del Apache Refuge
includes three designated wilderness areas: Chupadera Peak, Indian Wells &
Little San Pasqual Wilderness Area.
Get a Closer Look!
Get up close and personal
with some of the refuge's wild residents and the habitat they depend
The color of black bears varies with
most eastern bears' fur dark black but in the west they might be brown,
cinnamon, or blond.
Additional Weekend Opportunities
Mark your calendars for
three special weekends this winter. The Intermittent Tour Road will be open to
the public from noon Friday until noon Monday on the following weekends: Nov.
28 - Dec. 01, 2014; Dec. 26 - Dec. 29, 2014; and Jan. 16 - Jan. 19,
About the NWRS
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Apply by Noon Friday, January 16th
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge cordially invites Farmers and Growers for an opportunity to participate in our refuge's Cooperative Agricultural Program. One or two agricultural producers will be selected based on a sealed bid process and operate for a period of five years under a Forage Production and Harvest Agreement (provided in the link below). Also included is an Attachment C - Wetland / Crop Rotation Map. Applications will be received until 12:00 p.m., on January 16, 2015. During the week of January 19, 2015 applications will be opened and producers will be selected. Forage Agreement and Map Forms
Sandhill cranes move among
several areas throughout the day to feed, rest, and socialize. Social behavior
includes at least ten different types of calls, various threatening postures,
and elaborate dances for everything from joy to courtship.
Page Photo Credits Cranes in flight over vibrant sky, Corn stalks in refuge field / USFWS, Sunset on the water with cranes / © Ryan Hagerty, Refuge canyon view / USFWS, American black bear / USFWS, Solo crane in flight, Farming on refuge crop fields / USFWS, Close-up of crane's face, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 02, 2015