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
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.
Hummingbird Activity - Saturday, August 23
Come to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, August 23 to watch hummingbird banding from 8:00 am through 12:00 noon! Meet next to the refuge Visitor Center for this one time, up-close activity. See our informational poster below. Hummingbird Banding Activity Poster
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
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
Free, Family Fun, Fall Events at the Refuge!
Join us Saturday mornings throughout September and October for a free, two mile, round-trip canyon hike on Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Beginning at 8:15 am, you will explore a desert canyon and watch for wildlife on this refuge guided tour. For details, see the linked poster. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling (575) 835-1828 and Zero to reach an operator.Saturday Morning Canyon Hike Poster
- 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, guided tours,
guest speakers, wildlife handlers, exhibitors, and activities for the entire
family will be offered each day of the Festival. This year's events' schedule
can be viewed in the link below. Registration begins September 2 and 3. Don't
miss out on this unique festival celebration! For more information, view Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge website in the link
Festival, November 18-23, 2014
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 Cranes in flight over vibrant sky, Sunset on the water with cranes / Ryan Hagerty ©, Javelina family / refuge remote camera, USFWS, Male Calliope hummingbird / Gary Froehlich ©, American coot / USFWS, Close-up of crane's face, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 19, 2014