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
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.
Make plans to attend
the 26th Annual Festival of The Cranes, Nov 19-24, 2013. Six great days of
workshops, tours, lectures, hikes, special activities, and wildlife exhibitions.
Register today and don't miss out on this unique festival
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
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, WY on the Thomas Fork of the Bear
We perform weekly counts of some of the birds visiting Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Check the link below for our most current numbers.Weekly Waterfowl Survey
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.
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., Snow Geese / Larry Lamsa ©
Last Updated: Nov 12, 2013