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!
Sharing Their Surplus of Corn
In 1598, Spanish Conquistador Don Juan de Oñate's expedition purchased maize (corn) from the Piro pueblos colonized by Bosque del Apache.
Growing 300 Acres of Corn Annually
From the time Oñate encountered the Piro pueblos to today, the Middle Rio Grande Valley has been an important waterfowl migratory corridor.
To Learn More, Read On . . .
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.
Enjoy Our Seasonal Activities
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
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, Spectacular Event!
- 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
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
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, Refuge water manager, Brian Greeves in a refuge corn field / USFWS, Sunset on the water with cranes / Ryan Hagerty ©, Male Calliope hummingbird / © Gary Froehlich, Javelina family / refuge remote camera, USFWS, American coot / USFWS, Close-up of crane's face, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 26, 2014