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  • Refuge corn stalks / USFWS

    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

  • 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

  • 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.

Additional Weekend Opportunities

Come See The Birds!

One sandhill crane in flight

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, 2015.

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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Apply by Noon Friday, January 16th

Application Opportunity for Agricultural Producers!

Farming equipment clearing crop rows

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
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
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