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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

  • Rufous-necked wood rail / Jeffrey Gordon ©

    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.

    Rufous-necked Wood-rail

  • 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.

Actions For Severe Pollinator Losses

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, 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

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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Mark Your Calendars!

  • 2014 Festival of the Cranes

    2014 Festival of the Cranes design 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, tours, lectures, hikes, special activities, and wildlife exhibitions will be offered each day of the Festival. Continue to check back on our website for the registration dates and don't miss out on this unique festival celebration! For more information, click below.

    Annual Crane Festival, November 18-23, 2014
  • What birds are we seeing?

    Coot on the water

    Weekly waterbird counts are conducted from November through February to document various species visiting Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. The link below shows our ending season's total.

    Seasonal Waterbird Survey
  • Band Number: 599-05468

    Solo crane

    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
  • Did You Know?

    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.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Cranes in flight over vibrant sky, Sunset on the water with cranes / Ryan Hagerty ©, American coot / USFWS, Sandhill crane adult and chick / Richard Demier ©
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2014
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