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  • November Open House

    November 12th Refuge Event

    Valle de Oro Refuge will have a Music and Migration Event, on Saturday, November 12! Join us from 1-4 pm for this free, family Event.

  • Yellow-headed blackbird / © Bernadette Madison

    eBird Trail Tracker

    Find out what birds are being seen at your Urban Refuge, including the most recent sightings.

    eBird Trail Tracker

  • 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!


  • Educational tour on the refuge / USFWS

    Getting to Know Your Refuge

    New Mexico's urban refuge offers tours and open houses for the public. Call to make an appointment and visit your refuge.

    Plan Your Visit

Check Out Our Saturday Events

Refuge's Saturday Events

Double Rainbow / © Alex Galt, USFWS

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge hosts various Events throughout the year for you and your family to enjoy - Free of Charge! The Schedule for our upcoming Saturday Events is linked below. Please visit your amazing Urban National Wildlife Refuge today! For more information about the refuge and our monthly Events, please contact us at phone number: 505-248-6667.

Upcoming Saturday Events

Seeking Young Artists

New Mexico Youth Artists

2015 New Mexico Jr. Duck Stamp winner / © Dylan Zinn

All students in kindergarten through grade twelve are encouraged to participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program annual art and conservation message contest. New Mexico needs its student artists to compete! Learn more about how to participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program in the link below. Each year's artwork must be received by mid-March. Begin your painting for the March, 2017 contest due date! Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge's Manager is currently the New Mexico' Junior Duck Stamp Program Coordinator.

Jr. Duck Stamp Contest Information

Celebrate With Us!

A Century of Celebrating Birds!

American kestrel / USFWS

Come Celebrate the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty with us, at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge! The Refuge is located within the massive, Central Flyway which follows the Great Plains in both the U.S. and into Canada. Thousands of birds migrate through our area and spend the winter here. Birders and biologists have documented over 200 species of birds at the Refuge! Valle de Oro is the first Urban Wildlife Refuge in our State of New Mexico and the Southwest region! It was established only a few years ago, in September 2012. Visit the Refuge today for this Centennial Celebration and to enjoy the outdoors! Be sure and bring your camera, binoculars, sunscreen, and plenty of water for the day.

"For the Birds" Informational Fact Sheet

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.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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  • Valle de Oro's Facebook Page

    Black headed grosbeak photograph on the Refuge's Facebook Page

    Go to our Refuge Facebook Page from the link below and let us know what you think with your Comment and/or Like! We appreciate your interest in YOUR Albuquerque area Urban Wildlife Refuge! We look forward to seeing you at the Refuge located at: 7851 2nd Street SW. Just south of downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    Visit Our Facebook Page
  • On-line eBird Trail Tracker

    Migratory birds in flight over the refuge

    Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, 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 simply enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. The link below allows you to set-up an account in eBird to submit your observations. The Refuge appreciates you entering your bird sightings on the eBird online checklist program. For more information about eBird go to:

    eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations
  • They Need You

    "Pollinator Partnership" © poster design

    Help Pollinators - our bats, hummingbirds, bees, beetles, butterflies, moths, and flies. They need support from all of us! A few projects you can do at home to benefit a variety of pollinators, include: Planting 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. Avoid and/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.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pollinators page
  • Variety of Pollinator Resources

    Pollinator Partnership © "World of Pollinators" Poster

    The page linked below contains various printable pamphlets and resource pages to benefit our invaluable Pollinators!

    Printable Pollinator Guides and Images
Page Photo Credits — Mallard ducks in the refuge's agriculture fields / USFWS, Yellow-headed blackbird / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, In the crop fields on the refuge / © Don Usner, Educational tour on the refuge / USFWS, Double Rainbow / © Alex Galt, USFWS, 2015 New Mexico Jr. Duck Stamp winner / © Dylan Zinn, American kestrel / USFWS, Black headed grosbeak / USFWS, Pollinator Partnership © poster design, Pollinator Partnership © "World of Pollinators" poster, Rio Grande River route / © Don Usner
Last Updated: Oct 24, 2016
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