Features

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    Community Update November 1st

    Join us for an open house to discuss what's new on the Refuge and associated projects. Nov 1st, 5:30-7pm, at Mountain View Community Center

    Community Update Flyer

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    New Mexico Jr. Duck Stamp

    It's time to starting thinking about the 2019 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Deadline: March 15th

    Learn more on how to participate

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    Refuge Annual Photo Contest

    We are looking for striking images of Valle de Oro—sunrise, sunset, or any time. All are welcome to enter. Deadline 12/31

    Learn more about the Photo Contest

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    Thank you!

    Thank you to all who participated in our first Build Your Refuge Day. More than 400 people enjoyed the day!

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    Refuge Map

    This map is a great way to plan your visit to the refuge and keep up with road closures during construction.

    Valle de Oro Refuge Map

Refuge Happenings

Volunteer Opportunities

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In order to further engage our community and visitors on this new and growing refuge, Valle de Oro NWR is looking for volunteers to help staff our newly established Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is an old farm house transformed into an information and interpretive center to help visitors learn about what can be done on the refuge and how it will grow and change over the coming years. Volunteers are often needed on weekdays from 8am-4pm. Full or half day shifts are available. Other volunteer opportunities are periodically available. If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities or want more specifics about the program please contact: valledeoro@fws.gov or call 505-248-6667

Refuge Hours

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Refuge lands are open to public access 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset daily. The Refuge Welcome Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. and Thursday and Saturday 8:30a.m. to Noon. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Welcome Center to learn about Refuge history, upcoming events, and updates on habitat restoration and other projects. There is no entrance fee for the Refuge.

Refuge Hours: Learn More

2018 Refuge Events Calendar

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Announcing an amazing array of events in 2018. Calendar includes both Refuge and Friends of Valle de Oro events. We hope you can join us!

Valle de Oro's 2018 Events Flyer

Environmental Assessment Complete

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Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is pleased to present our final Restoration, Activities, and Site Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) and Compatibility Determinations (CDs).

Click here to learn more
Around the Refuge

Construction Around the Refuge

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While several construction projects have been completed, the 2nd Street improvement project continues. Update: Desert Road will be closed at the railroad tracks starting 10/21. We want you to know what is happening. We are excited for all the changes and we hope you are too.

Construction Updates

Birding on the Refuge

On-line eBird Trail Tracker

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eBird Trail Tracker is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. A birder enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard. The observations of each participant join those of all eBird users. For more information: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/about/

eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations

Helping Our Wildlife

For our wildlife and you

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Before visiting Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, please view our refuge Rules and Regulations. These regulations help ensure our refuge continues to be a safe place for wildlife and people.

Learn more here

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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