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    Festival of the Cranes - THIS WEEK!

    THE CELEBRATION HAS BEGUN! Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge's annual Festival of the Cranes event IS HERE, November 18 to 23!

  • 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

  • Refuge water manager, Brian Greeves in a refuge cornfield / USFWS

    400 Years Later, Crops Come Full Circle

    By 2016, the use of all genetically modified crops (GMO’s) will be banned from national wildlife refuges. Our refuge has already done this!

    View This Link to Learn More . . .

  • 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

  • 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.

Join Us November 18 to the 23!

2014 Festival of the Cranes

2014 Festival of the Cranes design

Make plans to attend the 27th Annual Festival of the Cranes, November 18-23, 2014 at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Over 100 Events will be offered including various workshops, guided tours, guest speakers, wildlife handlers, exhibitors, and a variety of activities for the entire family will be available to choose from! This year's Events' schedule can be viewed in the link below. Registration for various events can be done on-line within the link below as well. Don't miss out on this unique Festival celebration! For more information, view Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge website' link provided directly under.

Annual Crane Festival, November 18-23, 2014

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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Enjoy the Fall and "LET'S ALL GO OUTSIDE!"

  • Refuge Wildlife Tours Resume!

    New Mexico State's bird, the Greater roadrunner with a meal / USFWS

    Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge's Wildlife Tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 9:00 am, now through November. Make a reservation by calling (575) 835-1828 ext. 0 and then join our naturalists for a two and one-half hour tour in a 15 passenger van (maximum of eight people per tour). There is no charge for the Tour and provided transportation.

    Wildlife Tours Flyer
  • 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.

Page Photo Credits — Cranes in flight over vibrant sky, Sandhill cranes "dancing" ritual, Sunset on the water with cranes / © Ryan Hagerty, Refuge water manager, Brian Greeves in a refuge corn field / USFWS, Refuge canyon view / USFWS, American black bear / USFWS, Greater roadrunner, New Mexico State Bird, Close-up of crane's face, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2014
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