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    Spring Into Spring With Us!

    Bosque del Apache's spring 2015 Tours, Hikes, and Activities have begun! 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


Kids Field Day Activities


Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is presenting a Field Day, May 2, 2015 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. The day will offer various outdoor activities for boys and girls ages 5 to 14 with adult chaperone. Events are: Outdoor Photography, Archery, Turkey I.D. and Calling, and Animal Evidence. There is no charge to attend and Free T-shirts and prizes will be given for all registered kids. Also Free lunch is provided for kids and chaperones. Registration is required and space is limited, so sign up early. See the poster linked below for all the details. To Register, Email:

Bosque Refuge's Field Day Event Poster

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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Bosque del Apache Awarded

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
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, Coyote pup / © Greg Wright, Refuge Supervisory Biologist, John Vradenburg in helicopter / 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: Apr 20, 2015
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