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  • Educational tour on the refuge / USFWS

    Getting to Know Your Refuge

    The newly established refuge offers tours and open houses for the public. Call to make an appointment and visit your refuge.

    Plan Your Visit

  • Within the crop fields on the refuge / Don Usner ©

    Thankful for Partners

    Because of the hard work of many partners, Valle de Oro Refuge was established for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you!


  • Egret in flight / Steve Valasek ©

    For Wildlife & You!

    National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife and habitat and to ensure future generations will always have wild places to explore!

  • Rio Grande River utilization / USFWS

    Flagship Project

    Valle de Oro Refuge is a flagship project of the Middle Rio Grande Initiative, an effort to restore and manage this portion of river.

    Learn More

  • Youth Projects / USFWS

    Community Projects

    Check out our refuge blog featuring articles from staff members, interns, volunteers and partners.

    Refuge Blog Site


Refuge Seeking Volunteer Coordinator

Refuge Volunteer

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is offering a year-long Volunteer Coordinator position opportunity. The appointed Coordinator will receive a monthly stipend and an education award upon completion of the one year term. Please see the linked Flyer below for all the details. A Resume and Letter of Interest is to be received by February 6, 2016 via email address to: We appreciate your interest in assisting your Albuquerque area, urban wildlife refuge!

Flyer for Volunteer Coordinator Position

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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Plans For Ongoing Improvements!

  • Soliciting Public Comments on Refuge Improvements

    Rio Grande River / USFWS

    Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is accepting Public Comments for two improvement projects on the refuge. One Project is to clear older, hazardous, non-used structures and debris from the refuge lands. The other Project is to relocate and redrill two wells for refuge wetland restoration efforts. For more details on each of the two proposed Projects, please view the notices linked below. Please provide your comments in writing to P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103; or via email to Written comments will be accepted through March 31, 2016. We appreciate your interest, comments or concerns, and support for your Albuquerque area Urban Wildlife Refuge.

    Proposed Refuge Improvement Projects
  • Your Albuquerque Oasis!

    Department of the Interior Secretary Jewell visits the refuge

    In the summer of 2014 the full 570 acres of land and associated water rights were acquired. The refuge is currently working with community members and partners to plan habitat restoration and facilities. The public is invited to join in on planning and contribute ideas by attending public meetings, open houses and design charrettes. Follow our Facebook page, linked below, for more announcements of events.

    Valle de Oro is on Facebook!
Page Photo Credits — Mallard ducks in the refuge's agriculture fields / USFWS, Educational tour on the refuge / USFWS, In the crop fields on the refuge / © Don Usner, Egret in flight / © Steve Valasek, Department of the Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell visits the refuge / USFWS, Rio Grande River route / © Don Usner, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 06, 2016
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