Wildlife & Habitat

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Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge offers spectacular vistas of the Sandia Mountains, Vulcan volcano tubes and the lush Rio Grande Bosque.

Located on the east bank of the Rio Grande, the refuge is seven miles south of downtown Albuquerque. The 570 acres of refuge land is currently in transition from irrigated fescue and alfalfa farm fields to a diversity of Rio Grande floodplain habitats including shallow seasonal wetlands, bosque, grasslands and upland habitats.  Farming will be phased out as restoration continues.

Bird checklist for Refuge and surrounding Bosque.   

Valle de Oro NWR Christmas Bird Count: Saturday, December 15 

‘Tis almost the season for Christmas Bird Counts (CBC), Audubon’s 119th year of CBCs to be exact! Please join us for our 6th CBC at Valle de Oro NWR, the USFWS Southwest Region’s first urban wildlife refuge, right in your own Albuquerque backyard! All skill levels are welcome to participate in this amazing citizen science endeavor. On Saturday, December 15th, please meet at the refuge’s education classroom (7851 2nd St SW, ABQ, 87105) at 7:00 am. Contact the Refuge main line if you wish to participate: valledeoro@fws.gov or 505-248-6667. The compilation dinner will be celebrated at Abuelita’s New Mexican Kitchen on 6083 Isleta Blvd SW at 5:00 pm.  

Valle de Oro Bird Survey Information: 

Annual Bird Survey Summary

Winter Waterbird Report