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
First Recorded Sighting
Never before seen in
the U.S., a Rufous-necked wood-rail made an appearance on the refuge this summer
drawing birders around the world.
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.
Actions For Severe Pollinator Losses
Help our crucial Pollinators - our bats, hummingbirds, bees, beetles, butterflies, moths, and flies. They need support from all of us! On June 20, the President signed a Presidential Memorandum to bring federal actions to the declining pollinator populations' issue. The Memorandum establishes Task Forces and Action Plans to provide increased science, management, and research goals to SAVE our Pollinators! Here are a few projects
you can do at home to benefit a variety of pollinators. Plant a Pollinator
Garden with a diversity of colorful, nectar and pollen producing flowers.
Place the Garden away from roadways to prevent butterflies and moths from
coming in contact with vehicles. Build a bee nesting block and a bat house. Do
not harm bats out of fear and false myths. And, avoid or limit pesticide use.
Pesticides can kill more than the intended, nuisance pest. Some pesticide
residues harm pollinators for several days after the pesticide is applied.
Pollinators, play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the
production of most fruits and vegetables. Without the assistance of
pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. The fruits and
seeds of flowering plants are an important food source for people and
wildlife. Some of the seeds that are not eaten will eventually produce new
plants, helping to maintain the plant population. Pollinating animals are vital to our delicate
ecosystem and positively affect all of our lives.Pollinator Resources with printable sheets
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
Mark Your Calendars!
- November 18, 2014
Make plans to attend
the 27th Annual Festival of the Cranes, November 18-23, 2014 at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. A variety of workshops, tours, lectures, hikes, special activities, and wildlife exhibitions will be offered each day of the Festival.
Continue to check back on our website for the registration dates and don't miss out on this unique festival
celebration! For more information, click below. Annual Crane Festival, November 18-23, 2014
Weekly waterbird counts are conducted from November through February to document various species visiting Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. The link below shows our ending season's total.Seasonal Waterbird Survey
This band was worn for
36 and a half years by a Rocky Mountain sandhill crane (RMSH). It is one of the
oldest RMSHs known and the band it wore had limited wear for all that time in
the wild. The bird was banded with its brood mate (a two-chick brood) on 29
June 1973, one mile north of Border, Wyoming on the Thomas Fork of the Bear
River.Frequent Flyer Miles
A fossil of a crane was found in Nebraska that is estimated to be nearly 10 million years old. This makes cranes one of the oldest known species of birds in existence today.
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 All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Cranes in flight over vibrant sky, Sunset on the water with cranes / Ryan Hagerty ©, American coot / USFWS, Sandhill crane adult and chick / Richard Demier ©
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2014