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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. Please see our Flyer below for details.

    Bosque del Apache Refuge Agricultural Flyer

  • 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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Seeking Agricultural Producers!

  • Cooperative Agricultural Program

    Farming on refuge crop lands / USFWS

    Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge seeks Agricultural Producers for a Cooperative Agricultural Program on the refuge. Two agricultural producers will be selected based on a sealed bid process and operate under a Forage Production and Harvest Agreement for a period of five years. Meetings will be held beginning December 17 to provide details on the Program. Meeting locations and dates can be viewed below.

    News Release on Cooperative Agricultural Program
  • Forage Production and Harvest Agreement

    C Map Forage Ag

    Additional information and Forms for the upcoming Meetings referenced above can be found in the link below. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge cordially invites Farmers and Growers for an opportunity to participate in our refuge's Cooperative Agricultural Program. Included is the: FORAGE PRODUCTION AND HARVEST AGREEMENT PROSPECTUS AND INVITATION FOR APPLICATIONS and Attachment C - Wetland / Crop Rotation Map.

    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, Greater roadrunner, New Mexico State Bird, Farming on refuge crop fields / USFWS, Close-up of crane's face, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2014
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