Festival of the Cranes - THIS WEEK!
THE CELEBRATION HAS BEGUN! Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge's annual Festival of the Cranes event IS HERE, November 18 to 23!
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
400 Years Later, Crops Come Full Circle
By 2016, the use of all genetically modified crops (GMO’s) will be banned from national wildlife refuges. Our refuge has already done this!
View This Link to Learn More . . .
Bosque del Apache Refuge
includes three designated wilderness areas: Chupadera Peak, Indian Wells &
Little San Pasqual Wilderness Area.
The color of black bears varies with
most eastern bears' fur dark black but in the west they might be brown,
cinnamon, or blond.
Join Us November 18 to the 23!
Make plans to
attend the 27th Annual Festival of the Cranes, November 18-23, 2014 at Bosque
del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Over 100 Events will be offered including various workshops, guided tours,
guest speakers, wildlife handlers, exhibitors, and a variety of activities for the entire
family will be available to choose from! This year's Events' schedule
can be viewed in the link below. Registration for various events can be done on-line within the link below as well. Don't
miss out on this unique Festival celebration! For more information, view Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge website' link provided directly under.Annual Crane
Festival, November 18-23, 2014
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
Enjoy the Fall and "LET'S ALL GO OUTSIDE!"
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge's Wildlife Tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 9:00 am, now through November. Make a reservation by calling (575) 835-1828 ext. 0 and then join our naturalists for a two and one-half hour tour in a 15 passenger van (maximum of eight people per tour). There is no charge for the Tour and provided transportation.Wildlife Tours Flyer
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,
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, Sandhill cranes "dancing" ritual, Sunset on the water with cranes / © Ryan Hagerty, Refuge water manager, Brian Greeves in a refuge corn field / USFWS, Refuge canyon view / USFWS, American black bear / USFWS, Greater roadrunner, New Mexico State Bird, Close-up of crane's face, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2014