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  • 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

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    For Wildlife & You

    The refuge uses many different tools to actively manage these lands for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you.

    Learn How

  • 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.

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    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

Enjoy A Beautiful, Colorful Autumn With Us!

Visitor Center Hours

Sandhill crane submerged

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge's visitor center and nature store hours during September through May are: Daily – 8am to 4pm. * Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the Fourth of July. * The building may also close early on the day before the above and other federal holidays. Here, in the visitor center building, volunteers are available to provide you with a map and will let you know what is happening on the refuge. Our website's Upcoming Events page also displays current activities at the refuge! Displays in the visitor center explain habitat management and introduce you to the wildlife that call the refuge home. A nature store with field guides, checklists, and nature themed gifts will help enhance your visit. The attached headquarters offices are where the business of the refuge is conducted. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the building to the west.

Refuge's Upcoming Events

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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Protecting and Restoring Pollinator Populations

Long nosed bat

Help our crucial Pollinators - our bats, hummingbirds, bees, beetles, butterflies, moths, and flies. They need support from all of us! On June 20, 2014 the President signed a Presidential Memorandum to bring federal actions to the declining pollinator populations' issue. The Memorandum establishes Task Forces and Action Plans to provide increased science, management, and research goals to SAVE our Pollinators! Here are a few projects you can do at home to benefit a variety of pollinators. Plant a Pollinator Garden with a diversity of colorful, nectar and pollen producing flowers. Place the Garden away from roadways to prevent butterflies and moths from coming in contact with vehicles. Build a bee nesting block and a bat house. Do not harm bats out of fear and false myths. And, avoid or limit pesticide use. Pesticides can kill more than the intended, nuisance pest. Some pesticide residues harm pollinators for several days after the pesticide is applied. Pollinators, play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. The fruits and seeds of flowering plants are an important food source for people and wildlife. Some of the seeds that are not eaten will eventually produce new plants, helping to maintain the plant population. Pollinating animals are vital to our delicate ecosystem and positively affect all of our lives.

Pollinator Resources with printable sheets
Page Photo Credits — Cranes in flight over vibrant sky, Sunset on the water with cranes / © Ryan Hagerty, Refuge water manager, Brian Greeves in a refuge corn field / USFWS, American black bear / USFWS, Refuge canyon view / USFWS, Coyote pup / © Greg Wright, Sandhill crane submerged during brilliant sunset hues, Close-up of crane's face, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Sep 09, 2015
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