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  • Educational tour on the refuge / USFWS

    Getting to Know Your Refuge

    The newly established refuge offers tours and open houses for the public. Call to make an appointment and visit your refuge.

    Plan Your Visit

  • Within the crop fields on the refuge / Don Usner ©

    Thankful for Partners

    Because of the hard work of many partners, Valle de Oro Refuge was established for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you!


  • Egret in flight / Steve Valasek ©

    For Wildlife & You!

    National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife and habitat and to ensure future generations will always have wild places to explore!

  • Rio Grande River utilization / USFWS

    Flagship Project

    Valle de Oro Refuge is a flagship project of the Middle Rio Grande Initiative, an effort to restore and manage this portion of river.

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  • Youth Projects / USFWS

    Community Projects

    Check out our refuge blog featuring articles from staff members, interns, volunteers and partners.

    Refuge Blog Site


Refuge Seeking Volunteer Coordinator

Refuge Volunteer

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is offering a year-long Volunteer Coordinator position opportunity. The appointed Coordinator will receive a monthly stipend and an education award upon completion of the one year term. Please see the linked Flyer below for all the details. A Resume and Letter of Interest is to be received by February 6, 2016 via email address to: We appreciate your interest in assisting your Albuquerque area, urban wildlife refuge!

Flyer for Volunteer Coordinator Position

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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Looking towards the future

  • Your Albuquerque Oasis!

    Department of the Interior Secretary Jewell visits the refuge

    In the summer of 2014 the full 570 acres of land and associated water rights were acquired. The refuge is currently working with community members and partners to plan habitat restoration and facilities. The public is invited to join in on planning and contribute ideas by attending public meetings, open houses and design charrettes. Follow our Facebook page, linked below, for more announcements of events.

    Valle de Oro is on Facebook!
  • Planning for Climate Change

    Overcast skies beyond wild sunflowers / USFWS

    Albuquerque was selected as the site for this year’s Climate Change Scenario Planning Project. Planning for a rapidly growing region like Albuquerque in an arid climate means addressing challenges of congestion, sprawl, energy use, vehicle emissions, and water scarcity exacerbated by climate change. To help develop long-term mitigation and adaptation strategies, the Volpe Center is working with a team of federal, regional, and state stakeholders to execute a scenario planning project in Albuquerque to integrate climate change considerations into existing and continuing transportation, land use, coastal zone, and hazard mitigation planning processes. As Albuquerque’s urban refuge, Valle de Oro NWR will be directly involved in this project.

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Page Photo Credits — Mallard ducks in the refuge's agriculture fields / USFWS, Educational tour on the refuge / USFWS, In the crop fields on the refuge / © Don Usner, Egret in flight / © Steve Valasek, Department of the Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell visits the refuge / USFWS, Overcast skies beyond wild sunflowers / USFWS, Rio Grande River route / © Don Usner, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016
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