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.
Saturday Morning Hike During April & May
Join us Saturday mornings for a free, two mile, round-trip canyon hike on Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. This guided tour will help you see signs of refuge wildlife. For details, see the linked flyer. Reservations are required.Canyon Hike Flyer
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.
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 Refuge Driving Tours This Month!
We'll do the driving on these free, 2 hour, bird watching tours on Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge! Refuge staff will guide you to the birding hotspots every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon! There is also an additional Saturday morning driving tour. Reservations are required, so please see our flyer linked below for details.Flyer - Bird Watching Driving Tours
Reserve your place for a free, 2 1/2 hour Raptor Ramble drive on the refuge. Enjoy seeing red-tailed hawks and learning facts about a variety of raptor species seen on the refuge. These spring season tours are Friday and Sunday mornings. Transportation is provided by the refuge. For more information see the flyer linked below. Raptor Rample Tours Flyer
We perform weekly counts of some of the birds visiting Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Check the link below for the numbers.Weekly Waterfowl Survey
- 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
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 ©, Red-tailed hawk in flight / Steve Valasek ©, Snow Geese / Larry Lamsa ©, Sandhill crane adult and chick / Richard Demier ©
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2014